The 2024 Running of the Kentucky Derby takes place in the spring first week of May and follows the Kentucky Oaks race which is always held the day before. The Derby, as it’s known to many, gained the nickname of the Run for the Roses due to the longstanding tradition of the winning jockey and horse being awarded a blanket of roses following their victory.
The race dates to 1875 with a field made up of three-year-old thoroughbreds including Stallions and Fillies, that have qualified by racing and winning in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying races. It’s the longest continually held race weekend as neither the Oaks nor Derby has been missing since their inception.
While there are still traces to be run in order to officially set the field, we have a good idea of some of the horses that will be involved in the 2024 editions of the Kentucky Derby. Here are some of my favorites thus far.
Tiz The Law comes into the race at +800 and is the early favorite according to some oddsmakers. The stallion finished the 2019 race season with a third-place finish and a first-place run at the 2019 Champagne Stakes.
Authentic is another early favorite coming in with an early number of +1400. Authentic opened eyes with an impressive win at the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. That performance instantly made Authentic a horse to watch during the stretch run of the Road to the Derby as well as the running of the Kentucky Derby.
When is the Kentucky Derby 2024?
The 2024 Kentucky Derby race day begins on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
What time do the gates open?
Gates open for the 2024 Kentucky Derby day early at 8:00 a.m. ET.
What time does the 2024 Kentucky Derby start?
Kentucky Derby will start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.
What time does the ultimate Kentucky Derby race actually begin?
The most exciting Kentucky Derby 2024 final race begins at 6:57 p.m. ET on Saturday.
What TV channel is for Run for the Roses 2024?
Watch the Kentucky Derby 2024 live stream on NBC Sports TV channel.
Kentucky Derby Basics: The Most Exciting Two Minute of Racing 2024 Information here below;
Kentucky Derby Basics:
- Churchill Downs / Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A
- Start Time: Run for the roses post time 6:24 p.m. ET
- Track: dirt / one mile
- Race type: Thoroughbred
- Derby race length: 1 1/4 miles
- Track: Left-handed
- Weight/Jockey: Colt/Gelding 126 pounds. Filly 121 pounds
- First run: 1875
- Record: 1: 59 2⁄5 secs, (Secretariat 1973)
- Total Purse: 3 million
- First: $1,860,000
- TV coverage: NBC Sports
- Live Stream: Watch NBC Sports
- Race duration: Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports
Odds are subject to change as race day and gate time are near. The field is limited to 20 horses.