Kentucky Derby Betting 2021

The Kentucky Derby is a 1 ¼-mile dirt event for 3-year-olds which will be run on Saturday 1 May 2021 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It is quite simply America's biggest race.

As the Road to the Kentucky Derby has unwound, we've seen the betting favorite - Life is Good - be pulled out of the running due to injury. Essential Quality currently leads on the betting markets but trainer Bob Baffert has a plethora of options in his deep stable.

Scroll down to see the full Prep Schedule, Points Standings and Kentucky Derby Odds. 

Kentucky Derby Odds

Here are the opening and closing odds for the fifth and final Kentucky Derby Futures Pool...

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2021 #5
  • Horse
  • Opening Odds
  • Closing Odds

Horse

  • Essential Quality
  • 'All Other Three-Year-Olds'
  • Concert Tour
  • Greatest Honour
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Medina Spirit
  • Prevalence
  • Highly Motivated
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Helium
  • Risk Taking
  • Rock Your World
  • Caddo River
  • Weyburn
  • Collaborate
  • Mandaloun
  • Crowded Trade
  • Hozier
  • Dream Shake
  • Spielberg
  • O Besos
  • Proxy
  • Hidden Stash

Opening Odds

  • 9-2
  • 20-1
  • 9-2
  • 4-1
  • 6-1
  • 20-1
  • 20-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1

Closing Odds

  • 4-1
  • 5-1
  • 5-1
  • 9-1
  • 12-1
  • 13-1
  • 21-1
  • 25-1
  • 27-1
  • 28-1
  • 30-1
  • 31-1
  • 33-1
  • 35-1
  • 36-1
  • 36-1
  • 38-1
  • 44-1
  • 45-1
  • 46-1
  • 50-1
  • 51-1
  • 53-1

Prep Races Schedule

The Road to the Kentucky Derby includes many prep events as horses try to score points to earn enough to be invited to race on the first Saturday of May every year. Below you'll find all the prep races along with their venue, date and the points up for grabs in each race.

Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule 20/21 (US)
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Winner
  • Points

Date

  • September 5
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 10
  • November 6
  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 18
  • December 19
  • January 1
  • January 2
  • January 16
  • January 22
  • January 30
  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 13
  • February 21
  • February 26
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 6
  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • March 27
  • March 27
  • March 30 - Postponed
  • April 3
  • April 3
  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 10

Track

  • Churchill Downs
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Keeneland
  • Belmont Park
  • Keeneland
  • Churchill Downs
  • Aqueduct
  • Remington Park
  • Los Alamitos RC
  • Aqueduct
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Fair Grounds
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Aqueduct
  • Tampa Bay Downs
  • Golden Gate Fields
  • Fair Grounds
  • Turfway Park
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Aqueduct
  • Tampa Bay Downs
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Fair Grounds
  • Turfway Park
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Meyden
  • Sunland Park
  • Santa Anita
  • Aqueduct
  • Keeneland
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Keeneland

Winner

  • Sittin On Go
  • Get Her Number
  • Essential Quality
  • Jackie's Warrior
  • Essential Quality
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Brooklyn Strong
  • Senor Buscador
  • Spielberg
  • Capo Kane
  • Life is Good
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Caddo River
  • Medina Spirit
  • Greatest Honour
  • Risk Taking
  • Candy Man Rocket
  • Rombauer
  • Mandaloun
  • Hush of a Storm
  • Essential Quality
  • Greatest Honour
  • Weyburn
  • Helium
  • Life is Good
  • Concert Tour
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Like the King
  • Known Agenda
  • Rebel's Romance
  • N/A
  • Rock Your World
  • Bourbonic
  • Essential Quality
  • Super Stock
  • King Fury

Points

  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 20-8-4-2

Points Totals

The table below shows the final points standings on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with the horses already removed from Derby consideration omitted.

The top 20 horses in this list are guaranteed their place in the starting gate should their connections decide to take that route. If any horse passes then the option falls to the connections of the next horse on the list.

Kentucky Derby Points Standings
  • Position
  • Name of Horse
  • Points

Position

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25

Name of Horse

  • Essential Quality
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Super Stock
  • Like the King
  • Known Agenda
  • Rock Your World
  • Bourbonic
  • Medina Spirit
  • Concert Tour
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Weyburn
  • Mandaloun
  • Caddo River
  • Highly Motivated
  • Helium
  • Panadol
  • Soup and Sandwich
  • Dynamic One
  • Crowded Trade
  • Sainthood
  • Proxy
  • Rombauer
  • Hidden Stash
  • Dream Shake
  • O Besos

Points

  • 140
  • 110
  • 109
  • 104
  • 102
  • 100
  • 100
  • 74
  • 70
  • 66
  • 60
  • 52
  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
  • 40
  • 40
  • 40
  • 40
  • 40
  • 36
  • 34
  • 32
  • 30
  • 25

Top Ten Contenders

Our expert team of handicappers compile their weekly Top Ten lists on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Please find their latest thoughts below.

Kentucky Derby 2021 Contenders
  • Position
  • J.N.
  • Neil
  • Sean

Position

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • Last Updated:

J.N.

  • Essential Quality
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Known Agenda
  • Highly Motivated
  • Rock Your World
  • Super Stock
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Concert Tour
  • Medina Spirit
  • Mandaloun
  • 13 April 2021

Neil

  • Essential Quality
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Highly Motivated
  • Known Agenda
  • Medina Spirit
  • Rock Your World
  • Super Stock
  • Soup and Sandwich
  • Greatest Honour
  • Concert Tour
  • 13 April 2021

Sean

  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Medina Spirit
  • Essential Quality
  • Rock Your World
  • Highly Motivated
  • Dream Shake
  • Concert Tour
  • Known Agenda
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Mandaloun
  • 13 April 2021

Kentucky Derby Winners (1875 - 2020)

Year - Horse - Jockey - Trainer - Time (minutes, seconds, tenths of seconds if applicable)

2020 - Authentic - John R. Velazquez - Bob Baffert - 02:00.61
2019 - Country House - Flavien Prat - William I. Mott - 02:04.0
2018 - Justify - Mike E. Smith - Bob Baffert - 02:04.2
2017 - Always Dreaming - John R. Velazquez - Todd Pletcher - 02:03.6
2016 - Nyquist - Mario Gutierrez - Doug F. O'Neill - 02:01:31
2015 - American Pharoah - Victor Espinoza - Bob Baffert - 02:03.0
2014 - California Chrome - Victor Espinoza - Art Sherman - 02:03.7
2013 - Orb - Joel Rosario - Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III - 02:02.9
2012 - I'll Have Another - Mario Gutierrez - Doug O'Neill - 02:01.8
2011 - Animal Kingdom - John Velazquez - H. Graham Motion - 02:02.0
2010 - Super Saver - Calvin Borel - Todd Pletcher - 02:04.5
2009 - Mine That Bird - Calvin Borel - Bennie Woolley Jr. - 02:02.7
2008 - Big Brown - Kent Desormeaux - Richard Dutrow, Jr. - 02:01.8
2007 - Street Sense - Calvin Borel - Carl Nafzger - 02:02.2
2006 - Barbaro - Edgar Prado - Michael Matz - 02:01.4
2005 - Giacomo - Mike Smith - John Shirreffs - 02:02.8
2004 - Smarty Jones - Stewart Elliott - John Servis - 02:04.1
2003 - Funny Cide - José Santos - Barclay Tagg - 02:01.2
2002 - War Emblem - Victor Espinoza - Bob Baffert - 02:01.1
2001 - Monarchos - Jorge Chavez - John T. Ward, Jr. - 02:00.0
2000 - Fusaichi Pegasus - Kent Desormeaux - Neil D. Drysdale - 02:01
1999 - Charismatic - Chris Antley - D. Wayne Lukas - 02:03.3
1998 - Real Quiet - Kent Desormeaux - Bob Baffert - 02:02
1997 - Silver Charm - Gary Stevens - Bob Baffert - 02:02
1996 - Grindstone - Jerry Bailey - D. Wayne Lukas - 02:01
1995 - Thunder Gulch - Gary Stevens - D. Wayne Lukas - 02:01
1994 - Go for Gin - Chris McCarron - Nick Zito - 02:03
1993 - Sea Hero - Jerry Bailey - MacKenzie "Mack" Miller - 02:02
1992 - Lil E. Tee - Pat Day - Lynn Whiting - 02:03
1991 - Strike the Gold - Chris Antley - Nick Zito - 02:03
1990 - Unbridled - Craig Perret - Carl Nafzger - 02:02
1989 - Sunday Silence - Patrick Valenzuela - Charles Edward Whittingham - 02:05
1988 - Winning Colors - Gary Stevens - D. Wayne Lukas - 02:02
1987 - Alysheba - Chris McCarron - Charles "Jack" Van Berg - 02:03
1986 - Ferdinand - William Shoemaker - Charles Edward Whittingham - 02:02
1985 - Spend a Buck - Angel Cordero, Jr. - Cam Gambolati - 02:00
1984 - Swale - Laffit Pincay, Jr. - Woodford C. Stephens - 02:02
1983 - Sunny's Halo - Eddie Delahoussaye - David C. Cross, Jr. - 02:02
1982 - Gato Del Sol - Eddie Delahoussaye - Edwin J. Gregson - 02:02
1981 - Pleasant Colony - Jorge Velasquez - John P. Campo - 02:02
1980 - Genuine Risk - Jacinto Vasquez - LeRoy Jolley - 02:02
1979 - Spectacular Bid - Ronnie Franklin - Grover Delp - 02:02
1978 - Affirmed - Steve Cauthen - Lazaro Barrera - 02:01
1977 - Seattle Slew - Jean Cruguet - Wm. H. Turner, Jr. - 02:02
1976 - Bold Forbes - Angel Cordero, Jr. - Lazaro Barrera - 02:01
1975 - Foolish Pleasure - Jacinto Vasquez - LeRoy Jolley - 02:02
1974 - Cannonade - Angel Cordero, Jr. - Woodford C. Stephens - 02:04
1973 - Secretariat - Ron Turcotte - Lucien Laurin - 01:59
1972 - Riva Ridge - Ron Turcotte - Lucien Laurin - 02:01
1971 - Canonero II - Gustavo Avila - Juan Arias - 02:03
1970 - Dust Commander - Mike Manganello - Don Combs - 02:03
1969 - Majestic Prince - William Hartack - John Longden - 02:01
1968 - Forward Pass - Ismael Valenzuela - Henry Forrest - 02:02
1967 - Proud Clarion - Robert Ussery - Loyd Gentry, Jr. - 02:00
1966 - Kauai King - Don Brumfield - Henry Forrest - 02:02
1965 - Lucky Debonair - William Shoemaker - Frank Catrone - 02:01
1964 - Northern Dancer - William Hartack - Horatio Luro - 02:00
1963 - Chateaugay - Braulio Baeza - James P. Conway - 02:01
1962 - Decidedly - William Hartack - Horatio Luro - 02:00
1961 - Carry Back - John Sellers - Jack Price - 02:04
1960 - Venetian Way - William Hartack - Victor J. Sovinski - 02:02
1959 - Tomy Lee - William Shoemaker - Frank E. Childs - 02:02
1958 - Tim Tam - Ismael Valenzuela - H. A. Jones - 02:05
1957 - Iron Liege - William Hartack - H. A. Jones - 02:01
1956 - Needles - David Erb - Hugh Fontaine - 02:03
1955 - Swaps - William Shoemaker - M. A. Tenney - 02:01
1954 - Determine - Raymond York - William Molter - 02:03
1953 - Dark Star - Henry Moreno - Eddie Hayward - 02:02
1952 - Hill Gail - Eddie Arcaro - Ben A. Jones - 02:01
1951 - Count Turf - Conn McCreary - Sol Rutchick - 02:02
1950 - Middleground - William Boland - Max Hirsch - 02:01
1949 - Ponder - Steve Brooks - Ben A. Jones - 02:04
1948 - Citation - Eddie Arcaro - Ben A. Jones - 02:05
1947 - Jet Pilot - Eric Guerin - Tom Smith - 02:06
1946 - Assault - Warren Mehrtens - Max Hirsch - 02:06
1945 - Hoop Jr. - Eddie Arcaro - Ivan H. Parke - 02:07
1944 - Pensive - Conn McCreary - Ben A. Jones - 02:04
1943 - Count Fleet - John Longden - G. D. Cameron - 02:04
1942 - Shut Out - Wayne D. Wright - John Milton Gaver, Sr. - 02:04
1941 - Whirlaway - Eddie Arcaro - Ben A. Jones - 02:01
1940 - Gallahadion - Carroll Bierman - Roy Waldron - 02:05
1939 - Johnstown - James Stout - Jame Fitzsimmons - 02:03
1938 - Lawrin - Eddie Arcaro - Ben A. Jones - 02:04
1937 - War Admiral - Charle Kurtsinger - George Conway - 02:03
1936 - Bold Venture - Ira Hanford - Max Hirsch - 02:03
1935 - Omaha - William Saunders - Jame Fitzsimmons - 02:05
1934 - Cavalcade - Mack Garner - Robert A. Smith - 02:04
1933 - Brokers Tip - Don Meade - Herbert John Thompson - 02:06
1932 - Burgoo King - Basil James - Herbert John Thompson - 02:05
1931 - Twenty Grand - Charle Kurtsinger - James Rowe, Jr. - 02:01
1930 - Gallant Fox - Earl Sande - Jame Fitzsimmons - 02:07
1929 - Clyde Van Dusen - Linus McAtee - Clyde Van Dusen - 02:10
1928 - Reigh Count - Charle Lang - Bert Michell - 02:10
1927 - Whiskery - Linus McAtee - Fred Hopkins - 02:06
1926 - Bubbling Over - Albert Johnson - Herbert John Thompson - 02:03
1925 - Flying Ebony - Earl Sande - William Duke - 02:07
1924 - Black Gold - John D. Mooney - Hanly Webb - 02:05
1923 - Zev - Earl Sande - D. J. Leary - 02:05
1922 - Morvich - Albert Johnson - Fred Burlew - 02:04
1921 - Behave Yourself - Charles Thompson - Herbert John Thompson - 02:04
1920 - Paul Jones - Ted Rice - William Garth - 02:09
1919 - Sir Barton - John Loftus - H. Guy Bedwell - 02:09
1918 - Exterminator - William Knapp - Henry McDaniel - 02:10
1917 - Omar Khayyam - Charles Borel - C. T. Patterson - 02:04
1916 - George Smith - John Loftus - Hollie Hughes - 02:04
1915 - Regret - Joe Notter - James Rowe, Sr. - 02:05
1914 - Old Rosebud - John McCabe - Frank D. Weir - 02:03
1913 - Donerail - Roscoe Goose - Thomas P. Hayes - 02:04
1912 - Worth - Carroll Hugh Shilling - Frank M. Taylor - 02:09
1911 - Meridian - George Archibald - Albert Ewing - 02:05
1910 - Donau - Robert Herbert - George Ham - 02:06
1909 - Wintergreen - Vincent Powers - Charles Mack - 02:08
1908 - Stone Street - Arthur Pickens - J. W. Hall - 02:15
1907 - Pink Star - Andy Minder - W. H. Fizer - 02:12
1906 - Sir Huon - Roscoe Troxler - Pete Coyne - 02:08
1905 - Agile - Jack Martin - Robert Tucker - 02:10
1904 - Elwood - Frank Prior - Charle E. Durnell - 02:08
1903 - Judge Himes - Harold Booker - John P. Mayberry - 02:09
1902 - Alan-a-Dale - Jimmy Winkfield - Thomas Clay McDowell - 02:08
1901 - His Eminence - Jimmy Winkfield - Frank B. Van Meter - 02:07
1900 - Lieut. Gibson - Jimmy Boland - Charles Hughes - 02:06
1899 - Manuel - Fred Taral - Robert Walden - 02:12
1898 - Plaudit - Willie Simms - John E. Madden - 02:09
1897 - Typhoon II - Buttons Garner - J. C. Cahn - 02:12
1896 - Ben Brush - Willie Simms - Hardy Campbell, Jr. - 02:07
1895 - Halma - Soup Perkins - Byron McClelland - 02:37
1894 - Chant - Frank Goodale - H. Eugene Leigh - 02:41
1893 - Lookout - Eddie Kunze - William McDaniel - 02:39
1892 - Azra - Alonzo Clayton - John H. Morris - 02:41
1891 - Kingman - Isaac Murphy - Dud Allen - 02:52
1890 - Riley - Isaac Murphy - Edward Corrigan - 02:45
1889 - Spokane - Thomas Kiley - John Rodegap - 02:34
1888 - Macbeth II - George Covington - John Campbell - 02:38
1887 - Montrose - Isaac Lewis - John McGinty - 02:39
1886 - Ben Ali - Paul Duffy - Jim Murphy - 02:36
1885 - Joe Cotton - Erkine Henderson - Abe Perry - 02:37
1884 - Buchanan - Isaac Murphy - William Bird - 02:40
1883 - Leonatus - William Donohue - Raleigh Colston - 02:43
1882 - Apollo - Babe Hurd - Green B. Morris - 02:40
1881 - Hindoo - James McLaughlin - James G. Rowe, Sr. - 02:40
1880 - Fonso - George Garret Lewis - Tice Hutsell - 02:37
1879 - Lord Murphy - Charlie Shauer - George Rice - 02:37
1878 - Day Star - Jimmy Carter - Lee Paul - 02:37
1877 - Baden-Baden - William Walker - Edward D. Brown - 02:38
1876 - Vagrant - Bobby Swim - James Williams - 02:38
1875 - Aristides - Oliver Lewis - Ansel Williamson - 02:37

 

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Kentucky Derby History

America’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby is a 1 ¼-mile dirt event for 3-year-olds run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It is otherwise known as the ‘Run for the Roses,’ due to its tradition of covering the winner in a blanket of roses post-race, and serves as the first leg of the American Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness and the Belmont.

The Derby was first run in 1875 in front of a crowd of 10,000, and though the inaugural running was a modest success, it was not until the early 20th century that the race truly began to take shape. Under the direction of Colonel Matt Winn, a skilled marketer who took over operations of Churchill Downs in 1914, the track, and in turn the Derby, flourished. Winn is responsible for much of the prestige and glamor that are attributed to the race, with the filly Regret’s victory in 1915 serving as a watershed moment for the event becoming an undeniable part of U.S. popular culture.

While Winn’s efforts were instrumental in the Derby gaining popularity, it was the formation of the Triple Crown series that truly solidified its status as the nation’s most famous race. Sir Barton was the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 1919, however the phrase didn’t officially enter the American lexicon until 1930, when Gallant Fox became the second horse to sweep all three races. A year later the order of the Triple Crown races was permanently set, and the Derby’s place in history was assured.

The 1930’s also ushered in a golden age for the Derby and the Triple Crown series. Over the two decades following the official emergence of the Triple Crown, seven horses accomplished the feat, including Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948). These horses did much to capture the public’s imagination and gain the Derby further acclaim, and no period in history has seen a higher concentration of Triple Crown winners.

While there have been countless Derby winners and runnings that have added to the mystique first cultivated by Winn and bolstered by the bevy of Triple Crown winners in the 1930’s and 40’s, none have made a more indelible mark on American racing than Secretariat. ‘Big Red,’ as he was known because of his chestnut color, won the Derby in record time in 1973 and would go on to sweep all three Triple Crown races, becoming the first to do so since Citation in 1948. More than just win these races, Secretariat completely dominated his competition and set track records at each stop. The echoes of his brilliance can still be felt in the sport today and he is widely regarded as the best American racehorse of all time, so it’s fitting his record in the nation’s most famous race has never been eclipsed (Monarchos is the only other horse with a winning time under two minutes).

Though Secretariat retired at the end of his 3-year-old campaign in 1973, it didn’t take long for the Derby to launch two more horses to superstardom. Just four years later, Seattle Slew won the Derby before going on to win the Preakness and Belmont, and a year after that, in 1978, Affirmed became racing’s 11th Triple Crown winner. Like the 1930’s and 40’s, the 1970’s proved to be a very fruitful time in Triple Crown history, but Affirmed’s victory also ushered in the longest Triple Crown drought since the series was conceived, leading many to believe that it was an impossible feat in the modern era of racing. It wasn’t for another 37 years after Affirmed that American Pharoah finally dispelled the notion by sweeping all three races in 2015, and three years later Justify duplicated the feat.

Other memorable, more recent renewals of the Derby occurred in 1980 and ‘88, when Genuine Risk and Winning Colors joined Regret as the only fillies in history to win the race, and 2009, when Mine That Bird exploded from the back of the pack under a rail-skimming ride to win by 6 ¾ lengths at odds of 50-1. As shocking as it was, Mine That Bird’s victory was not the biggest upset in the race’s history, as that honor belongs to Donerail, who won at 91-1 in 1913 (amazingly, he did so against just seven competitors).

Arguably the most infamous Derby occurred in 2019, when the race garnered national attention for a controversial disqualification. Though Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 145th Derby, after a lengthy inquiry conducted by the track stewards he was subsequently placed 17th for interference. Country House, who crossed the line second, was declared the winner, marking the first time in history the race was decided by an on-track infraction. In 1968, Dancer’s Image was disqualified from victory after he failed a post-race drug test.

Beyond the race itself, the Derby has produced several traditions of its own, including the mint julep serving as its official drink and the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” prior to the race as the horses are paraded in front of the grandstand. The song is played by the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band and was written by renowned 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster, who also lends his name to a prestigious race at Churchill Downs. In recent years, the call of “Riders Up!”, which alerts the jockeys to mount their horses for the race, has been performed by a dignitary or celebrity.

In 2019, for its 145th running, the Derby offered its highest ever purse of $3 million, compared to $1.5 million for the Preakness and the Belmont. The Derby reached the million dollar mark in 1996 and then went to $2 million in 2005. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont, it has run continuously since its inception in 1875.

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