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143rd Kentucky Derby

The first of the three Triple Crown races is the Kentucky Derby. Held on the first Saturday in May, the “Run for the Roses” is the most popular horse race of the year. The 2017 race will be held on Saturday, May 6th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 stakes race that is for three-year olds going a mile and a quarter. The Kentucky Derby has been called “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” The race has been held every year since 1875.

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Event Details

Event: 143rd Kentucky Derby

Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Location: Churchill Downs – Louisville, Kentucky

2016 Winner: Nyquist

2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Irish War Cry 5-1

The only blip for Irish War Cry was a poor effort in the Fountain of Youth but the horse earlier in the year won the Holy Bull and beat Gunnevera and Classic Empire. Irish War Cry came back to win the Wood Memorial beating Battalion Runner. 

Always Dreaming 5-1

The horse won the Florida Derby and moved into the role of co-favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Gunnevera 8-1

The horse has won two Graded stakes, including the Fountain of Youth.

Girvin 14-1

The horse won the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.

McCraken 10-1

The horse is unbeaten in four starts but he did suffer a minor ankle injury in late February which is cause for concern but he did look okay in finishing third in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Classic Empire 12-1

The horse was the 2-year-old champ last fall and could move up in the rankings if he wins the Arkansas Derby.

Tapwrit 14-1

The horse won the Tampa Bay Derby and finished second to McCraken in the Sam F. Davies Stakes.

Thunder Snow 16-1

The horse won the UAE Derby but rarely do those horses do well in the Derby.

Practical Joke 20-1

The horse won the Hopeful Stakes and the Champagne Stakes but finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He bounced back to finish second this year in the Fountain of Youth.

Gormley 22-1

It doesn’t look good for West Coast horses this year, as Gormley is one of the few contenders. He did win the Sham Stakes and he has a solid pedigree.

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Kentucky Derby Wagering

Kentucky Derby wagering gives you a lot of options for the biggest race of the horse racing season. Many people consider this race the best betting race of the year because a full field of 20 horses will go to the post. You can bet a horse to win, place, show and you can also bet the exotics with the exacta, quinella, trifecta and superfecta. You can also include the Kentucky Derby in your pick three, pick four or pick six wagers. Anything can, and does happen in this race and the favorite doesn’t win that often so big payouts are possible.

Fans and gamblers can really hit a big score in Kentucky Derby betting. The Kentucky Derby is one of the few races during the year where six figure payouts are possible with trifectas and superfectas. Even the exacta can pay big money.

Kentucky Derby Matchups

Not only can you bet on a horse to win the race but you can also bet the head-to-head horse betting matchups at Diamond sportsbook. These are matchups where you just pick one horse to finish ahead of another horse.

As you look at handicapping Kentucky Derby betting odds there are a lot of things to consider. You can look at speed figures, pace, jockeys, trainers, workouts, etc. All of these factors are important whether you are looking at win, place and show or any of the exotic bets like the exacta, trifecta and superfecta and they are very important when you bet Kentucky Derby matchups. There are other things to look at as well from pedigree and class to post position and money earned.

Kentucky Derby Odds

Kentucky Derby betting for many people begins their horse racing season. There are many gamblers that don’t even look at horse racing until the Kentucky Derby. The Derby begins the Triple Crown and that is definitely part of the appeal. The Derby is the first race with the Preakness and Belmont to follow. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah the most recent.

Some people won’t make another horse racing bet all year but they will get involved in Kentucky Derby betting. The public bets this race more than any other race of the entire year. That is great news for you as a bettor since the pools and the payoffs are much larger than normal in horse racing betting. There are a lot of great choices in online Kentucky Derby betting. Even if you don’t make another wager all year you should take a look at the various options in Kentucky Derby betting this year.

Kentucky Derby odds give you a lot to consider as you look to pick the winner and the second, third and fourth place horse. While the Kentucky Derby betting favorite doesn’t always win the race, the horse does get a lot of attention from the media and the public.

Kentucky Derby Handicapping

Trends and stats are really all you have to consider when you make a Kentucky Derby bet. Some of these trends and stats are important while others are not. The most important thing to consider is recent form. Unless a horse has run well recently he is unlikely to be the winner. It also helps if the horse has run in a big field before. Rarely does a horse adjust well to a big field if he has always been facing a smaller field.

Another big factor to consider when making a Kentucky Derby bet is the speed factor. You have to look at horses that have received at least one speed rating of 100 or more and preferably more than one. If you see a horse in the past performances that doesn’t have at least one rating of 100 in previous races then throw the horse out.

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Past Kentucky Derby Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Time
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 2:01:31
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:03:02
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman 2:03:66
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Claude McGaughey III 2:02:89
2012 I'll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill 2:01:83
2011 Animal Kingdom John R. Velazquez H. Graham Motion 2:02:04
2010 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher 2:04.45
2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel Bennie L. Wolley, Jr. 2:02.66
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Rick Dutrow 2:01.82
2007 Street Sense Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger 2:02.17
2006 Barbaro Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz 2:01.36
2005 Giacomo Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs 2:02.75
2004 Smarty Jones Stewart Elliott John Servis 2:04.06
2003 Funny Cide Jose Santos Barclay Tagg 2:01.19
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:01.13
2001 Monarchos Jorge F. Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. 1:59.97
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Kent Desormeaux Neil Drysdale 2:01.00
1999 Charismatic Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas 2:03.20
1998 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux Bob Baffert 2:02.20
1997 Silver Charm Gary Stevens Bob Baffert 2:02.40
1996 Grindstone Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas 2:01.00
1995 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 2:01.20
1994 Go for Gin Chris McCarron Nick Zito 2:03.60
1993 Sea Hero Jerry Bailey MacKenzie Miller 2:02.40
1992 Lil E. Tee Pat Day Lynn S. Whiting 2:03.00
1991 Strike the Gold Chris Antley Nick Zito 2:03.00
1990 Unbridled Craig Perret Carl Nafzger 2:02.00
1989 Sunday Silence Pat Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham 2:05.00
1988 Winning Colors Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 2:02.20
1987 Alysheba Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg 2:03.40
1986 Ferdinand Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham 2:02.80
1985 Spend A Buck Angel Cordero, Jr. Cam Gambolati 2:00.20
1984 Swale Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens 2:02.40
1983 Sunny's Halo Ed Delahoussaye David C. Cross, Jr. 2:02.20
1982 Gato Del Sol Ed Delahoussaye Edwin J. Gregson 2:02.40
1981 Pleasant Colony Jorge Velasquez John P. Campo 2:02.00
1980 Genuine Risk Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley 2:02.00
1979 Spectacular Bid Ronnie Franklin Bud Delp 2:02.40
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Laz Barrera 2:01.20
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet William H. Turner, Jr. 2:02.20
1976 Bold Forbes Angel Cordero, Jr. Laz Barrera 2:01.60
1975 Foolish Pleasure Jacinto Vasquez LeRoy Jolley 2:02.00
1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero, Jr. Woody Stephens 2:04.00
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin 1:59.40
1972 Riva Ridge Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin 2:01.80
1971 Canonero II Gustavo Avila Juan Arias 2:03.20
1970 Dust Commander Mike Manganello Don Combs 2:03.40
1969 Majestic Prince Bill Hartack Johnny Longden 2:01.80
1968 Forward Pass Ismael Valenzuela Henry Forrest 2:02.20
1967 Proud Clarion Bobby Ussery Loyd Gentry, Jr. 2:00.60
1966 Kauai King Don Brumfield Henry Forrest 2:02.00
1965 Lucky Debonair Bill Shoemaker Frank Catrone 2:01.20
1964 Northern Dancer Bill Hartack Horatio Luro 2:00.00
1963 Chateaugay Braulio Baeza James P. Conway 2:01.80
1962 Decidedly Bill Hartack Horatio Luro 2:00.40
1961 Carry Back Johnny Sellers Jack A. Price 2:04.00
1960 Venetian Way Bill Hartack Victor J. Sovinski 2:02.40
1959 Tomy Lee Bill Shoemaker Frank E. Childs 2:02.20
1958 Tim Tam Ismael Valenzuela Jimmy Jones 2:05.00
1957 Iron Liege Bill Hartack Jimmy Jones 2:02.20
1956 Needles David Erb Hugh L. Fontaine 2:03.40
1955 Swaps Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney 2:01.80
1954 Determine Raymond York William Molter 2:03.00
1953 Dark Star Hank Moreno Eddie Hayward 2:02.00
1952 Hill Gail Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:01.60
1951 Count Turf Conn McCreary Sol Rutchick 2:02.60
1950 Middleground William Boland Max Hirsch 2:01.60
1949 Ponder Steve Brooks Ben A. Jones 2:04.20
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:05.40
1947 Jet Pilot Eric Guerin Tom Smith 2:06.80
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch 2:06.60
1945 Hoop Jr. Eddie Arcaro Ivan H. Parke 2:07.00
1944 Pensive Conn McCreary Ben A. Jones 2:04.20
1943 Count Fleet Johnny Longden G. Donald Cameron 2:04.00
1942 Shut Out Wayne D. Wright John M. Gaver, Sr. 2:04.40
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:01.40
1940 Gallahadion Carroll Bierman Roy Waldron 2:05.00
1939 Johnstown James Stout Jim Fitzsimmons 2:03.40
1938 Lawrin Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones 2:04.80
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger George Conway 2:03.20
1936 Bold Venture Ira Hanford Max Hirsch 2:03.60
1935 Omaha Willie Saunders Jim Fitzsimmons 2:05.00
1934 Cavalcade Mack Garner Bob Smith 2:04.00
1933 Brokers Tip Don Meade Herbert J. Thompson 2:06.80
1932 Burgoo King Eugene James Herbert J. Thompson 2:05.20
1931 Twenty Grand Charley Kurtsinger James G. Rowe, Jr. 2:01.80
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande Jim Fitzsimmons 2:07.60
1929 Clyde Van Dusen Linus McAtee Clyde Van Dusen 2:10.80
1928 Reigh Count Chick Lang Bert S. Michell 2:10.40
1927 Whiskery Linus McAtee Fred Hopkins 2:06.00
1926 Bubbling Over Albert Johnson Herbert J. Thompson 2:03.80
1925 Flying Ebony Earl Sande William B. Duke 2:07.60
1924 Black Gold John D. Mooney Hanley Webb 2:05.20
1923 Zev Earl Sande David J. Leary 2:05.40
1922 Morvich Albert Johnson Fred Burlew 2:04.60
1921 Behave Yourself Charles Thompson Herbert J. Thompson 2:04.20
1920 Paul Jones Ted Rice Billy Garth 2:09.00
1919 Sir Barton Johnny Loftus H. Guy Bedwell 2:09.80
1918 Exterminator William Knapp Henry McDaniel 2:10.80
1917 Omar Khayyam Charles Borel Charles T. Patterson 2:04.60
1916 George Smith Johnny Loftus Hollie Hughes 2:04.00
1915 Regret Joe Notter James G. Rowe, Sr. 2:05.40
1914 Old Rosebud John McCabe Frank D. Weir 2:03.40
1913 Donerail Roscoe Goose Thomas P. Hayes 2:04.80
1912 Worth Carroll H. Shilling Frank M. Taylor 2:09.40
1911 Meridian George Archibald Albert Ewing 2:05.00
1910 Donau Fred Herbert George Ham 2:06.40
1909 Wintergreen Vincent Powers Charles Mack 2:08.20
1908 Stone Street Arthur Pickens J. W. Hall 2:15.20
1907 Pink Star Andy Minder W. H. Fizer 2:12.60
1906 Sir Huon Roscoe Troxler Pete Coyne 2:08.80
1905 Agile Jack Martin Robert Tucker 2:10.75
1904 Elwood Shorty Prior Charles E. Durnell 2:08.50
1903 Judge Himes Hal Booker John P. Mayberry 2:09.00
1902 Alan-a-Dale Jimmy Winkfield Tom C. McDowell 2:08.75
1901 His Eminence Jimmy Winkfield Frank B. Van Meter 2:07.75
1900 Lieut. Gibson Jimmy Boland Charles Hughes 2:06.25
1899 Manuel Fred Taral Robert J. Walden 2:12.00
1898 Plaudit Willie Simms John E. Madden 2:09.00
1897 Typhoon II Buttons Garner J. C. Cahn 2:12.50
1896 Ben Brush Willie Simms Hardy Campbell 2:07.75
1895 Halma Soup Perkins Byron McClelland 2:37.50
1894 Chant Frank Goodale H. Eugene Leigh 2:41.00
1893 Lookout Eddie Kunze William McDaniel 2:39.25
1892 Azra Lonnie Clayton John Morris 2:41.50
1891 Kingman Isaac Murphy Dud Allen 2:52.25
1890 Riley Isaac Murphy Edward Corrigan 2:45.00
1889 Spokane Thomas Kiley John Rodegap 2:34.50
1888 Macbeth II George Covington John Campbell 2:38.00
1887 Montrose Isaac Lewis John McGinty 2:39.25
1886 Ben Ali Paul Duffy Jim Murphy 2:36.50
1885 Joe Cotton Babe Henderson Alex Perry 2:37.25
1884 Buchanan Isaac Murphy William Bird 2:40.25
1883 Leonatus Billy Donohue Raleigh Colston 2:43.00
1882 Apollo Babe Hurd Green B. Morris 2:40.00
1881 Hindoo Jim McLaughlin James G. Rowe, Sr. 2:40.00
1880 Fonso George Lewis Tice Hutsell 2:37.50
1879 Lord Murphy Charlie Shauer George Rice 2:37.00
1878 Day Star Jimmy Carter Lee Paul 2:37.25
1877 Baden-Baden Billy Walker Edward D. Brown 2:38.00
1876 Vagrant Bobby Swim James Williams 2:38.25
1875 Aristides Oliver Lewis Ansel Williamson 2:37.75

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