Kentucky Derby Day: Horse Racing Schedule & Post Times At Churchill Downs Saturday

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Written By Mo Nuwwarah | Last Updated
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Knowing the Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May is only half the battle. If you’re looking to bet Kentucky Derby odds, you’ll want to know the times for the race, and maybe some of the other events on Derby Day as well. That’s where this post comes in. See below for the day’s full Kentucky Derby racing schedule.

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Churchill Downs Saturday Race Schedule

Much like the Kentucky Oaks schedule, the races on Derby Day begin at 10:30 a.m. Here are all of the times.

  • Race No. 1: 10:30 a.m. (MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT, 3YO+, 6.5F, DIRT)
  • Race No. 2: 11:01 a.m. ($80K ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING, 3YO+, 1M, DIRT)
  • Race No. 3: 11:31 a.m. ($100K ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING, 3YO, 1 1/6M, DIRT)
  • Race No. 4: 12:04 p.m. (KNICKS GO OVERNIGHT STAKES, 4YO+ 1M, DIRT)
  • Race No. 5: 12:36 p.m. (TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT STAKES – G2, 3YO+, 5.5F, TURF)
  • Race No. 6: 1:14 p.m. (DERBY CITY DISTAFF STAKES – G1, 4YO+, F&M, 7F, DIRT)
  • Race No. 7: 1:56 p.m. (LONGINES CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE – G2, 4YO+, F&M, 1M, TURF)
  • Race No. 8: 1:46 p.m. (PAT DAY MILE – G2, 3YO, 1M, DIRT)
  • Race No. 9: 3:40 p.m. (AMERICAN TURF – G2, 3YO, 1 1/16M, TURF)
  • Race No. 10: 4:31 p.m. (CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES – G1, 4YO+, 7F, DIRT)
  • Race No. 11: 5:27 p.m. (OLD FORESTER BOURBON TURF CLASSIC – G1, 4YO+, 1 1/8M, TURF)
  • Race No. 12: 6:57 p.m. (KENTUCKY DERBY – G1, 3YO, 1 1/4M, DIRT)
  • Race No. 13: 8 p.m. ($100K ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING, 3YO, 7F, DIRT)
  • Race No. 14: 8:35 p.m. (MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT, 3YO+, 1M, DIRT)

Race No. 12 is the Run for the Roses, which will feature up to 20 of the racing world’s finest 3-year-olds, including international horses.

Remember that because of parimutuel wagering, getting your bet in as close to post time as possible gives you the best idea of where the final odds will land. Betting early in the day can be a bit of a shot in the dark, as the odds can move significantly before post-time.

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Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

Looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby? Peruse the odds below and click each horse’s name for a rundown of their history and pedigree.

Post PositionHorseMorning line oddsTrainerJockey
1.Dornoch20-1Danny GarganLuis Saez
2.Sierra Leone3-1Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione
3.Mystik Dan20-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez
4.Catching Freedom8-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
5.Catalytic30-1Saffie JosephJose Ortiz
6. Just Steel20-1D. Wayne LukasKeith Asmussen
7.Honor Marie20-1Whit BeckmanBen Curtis
8.Just A Touch10-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
9. EncinoScratched
10.T O Passowrd (JPN)30-1Daisuke TakayanagiKazushi Kimura
11.Forever Young (JPN)10-1Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai
12.Track Phantom20-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
13.West Saratoga50-1Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon
14.Endlessly30-1Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli
15.Domestic Product30-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz
16. Grand Mo The First50-1Victor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo
17.Fierceness5-2Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez
18.Stronghold20-1Philip D’AmatoAntonio Fresu
19.Resilience20-1Bill MottJunior Alvarado
20.Society Man50-1Danny GarganFrankie Dettori
21.Epic Ride50-1John EnnisAdam Beschizza
22. (AE)Mugatu50-1Jeff EnglerJoe Talamo

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