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When is the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

Last updated: 15 Apr 2024
Robert Norman 15 Apr 2024
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  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2024 Kentucky Derby
  • The Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs on Saturday 4th May 2024
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Mage #8, ridden by jockey Javier Castellano crosses the finish line to win the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby. (Getty)

When is the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

The 2024 Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs racecourse in Kentucky on Saturday 4th May.

What time does the Kentucky Derby start?

The post time for the 2024 Kentucky Derby is 6:57pm ET and 11:57pm BST/GMT.

Who won the last Kentucky Derby?

Venezuelan trainer, Gustavo Delgado celebrated his first major victory in the USA last year, when Mage claimed victory in the 2023 Kentucky Derby.

What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is one of the world's most famous horse race. The Derby is the first leg of the famous Triple Crown in the USA, which also features the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

Where is the Kentucky Derby run?

The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs racecourse in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May.

Which horses will run in the Kentucky Derby?

Sierra Leone has been backed into favouritism for this year's Kentucky Derby, following an impressive victory in the Blue Grass Stakes. Fellow trial winner, Stonghold and Fierceness also sit prominently in the market, along with Japanese contender, Forever Young.

Where can I watch the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

The 2024 Kentucky Derby will be shown live on US and UK television. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Kentucky Derby Live Streaming 

The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2024 Kentucky Derby live online:

  1. Visit bet365 > live streaming > horse racing
  2. Log-in or register for an account (use the bet365 bonus code NEWBONUS if opening a new account)
  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Kentucky Derby History

The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875 after Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark visited England and watched the Epsom Derby, which sparked the idea of running a Derby in America.

It was first run over 2400m, the same as the Epsom Derby but the Kentucky Derby was changed to 2012m in 1896 to better suit the conditions of the race.

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown, which also features the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. 

There have been numerous champion thoroughbreds win the Kentucky Derby, including Secretariat and American Pharoah. Both horses captured the imagination of the betting public with their classy displays of running.

Secretariat banded the nation during some tough times and his record time still stand above the rest.

American Pharoah was the most popular recent winner of the Kentucky Derby and it would later win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park.

He was the first horse to do win all three races since Affirmed in 1978.

The Bob Baffert-trained colt captured the imagination of race goers and although its career was cut short by stud duties.

Baffert scored his fourth Kentucky Derby win with American Pharoah but he trails Ben A Jones, who won six times as a trainer.

Names such as California Chrome, Animal Kingdom, Big Brown and Smarty Jones have all won the Kentucky Derby, which kick-started their great careers.

War Admiral won the Triple Crown in 1937 and would later contest the Match Race of the Century against Seabiscuit in 1938. 

That race would later be the focal point of the movie "Seabiscuit" and it popularised horse racing in the movie industry.

Betting is big business on the Derby with $187 million being wagered in 2012.

Only the first five runners home receive a share of the purse, which differs from most of the biggest races around the world.

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