Kentucky Derby 2021 Race At Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky Start Date: 01/05/2021 End Date: 01/05/2021
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The Kentucky Derby Race

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds over one and a quarter miles and is staged at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The First Leg of The Triple Crown Races

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds over one and a quarter miles and is staged at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • The Kentucky Derby 2021 is on: May 1st | Saturday

It is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May and is worth over $2 million in prize money.

  • Country House is the Kentucky Derby 2019 winner
  • Justify is the Kentucky Derby 2018 winner

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown races, completed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

The race is widely known as “The Run for the Roses” because of the blanket of roses that are draped over the winner afterwards.

The Kentucky Derby attracts the highest attendance of any horse race in the United States, including the other Triple Crown events and the Breeders’ Cup.


Kentucky Derby 2021 Future Wager Contenders and Odds

See the future wager contenders and odds for Kentucky Derby 2021. The list is not final and contenders are due to change.

Last Updated: April 17th, 2021. 

Pick your contender from the list (by William Hill):

  • Essential Quality – 5/2
  • Rock Your World – 11/2
  • Concert Tour – 6/1
  • Highly Motivated – 8/1
  • Hot Rod Charlie – 10/1
  • Super Stock – 10/1
  • Known Agenda  – 12/1
  • Bourbonic – 14/1
  • Caddo River – 16/1
  • Medina Spirit – 16/1
  • Van Gogh – 20/1
  • Dynamic One – 20/1
  • Risk Taking – 20/1
  • Helium – 25/1
  • Team Merchants – 25/1
  • Soup And Sandwich – 25/1
  • Prevalence – 25/1
  • Triple Tap – 25/1
  • Dream Shake – 25/1
  • Midnight Bourbon – 25/1
  • Drain The Clock – 25/1
  • Jackie’s Warrior – 25/1
  • Red Flag – 33/1
  • Prate – 33/1
  • Nicky The Vest – 33/1
  • Classier – 33/1
  • Proxy – 33/1
  • Mandaloun – 40/1
  • The Great One – 50/1
  • Prime Factor – 50/1
  • Keepmeinmind – 50/1
  • Untreated – 50/1
  • Spielberg – 50/1
  • La Perouse – 50/1
  • Candy Man Rocket – 66/1
Pick Your Contender


Churchill Downs Race Track

Churchill Downs is located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year.

Churchill Downs has also hosted the Breeders’ Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011.

Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack which has a capacity of 170,000 for the Derby.

In Kentucky you can also taste some fine Whisky in the Kentucky Bourbon Festival


John and Henry Churchill

The track is named after John and Henry Churchill who leased 80 acres of land to their nephew, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.

Clark was president of the Louisville Jockey Club and Driving Park Association which formed in 1874 and he was inspired after attending the English Derby at Epsom Downs.

Churchill Downs filled a void in Louisville after Oakland and Woodlawn racecourses were closed. Clark sold the track to a syndicate led by successful bookmaker William E. Applegate in 1893.

The new owners shortened the length of the Kentucky Derby to a mile and a quarter and commissioned the famous twin spire grandstand in 1895.

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Jockey James Lee

On June 5th, 1907, jockey James Lee rode all six winners on the card at Churchill Downs. The twin spires, designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez, are the most recognizable architectural feature of Churchill Downs. The racecourse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Between 2001 and 2005, Churchill Downs underwent a $121 million renovation. The racecourse is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum which focuses on the history of the Kentucky Derby and the racetrack.

The museum was given a further $5.5 million upgrade in 2010, providing it with a plush new interior.

can you see the kentucky derby from the infield?
You will not be able to see almost any of the Kentucky Derby Race from the infield. Only if you’re at the fence you can see a very limited part of the race.

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