Entries were drawn today for the 134th Kentucky Derby to be run on Saturday, May 3. As expected, there is a full field of 20, although there were more here on the grounds who wanted in and the amount of graded stakes earnings was used to eliminate the extra horses. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the draw was when post position #20 was selected for favorite Big Brown, who was 16th in the selection order. He is still the morning line favorite, but at odds of only 3-1. Colonel John, who selected post #10, is second favorite at 4-1, while Pyro in post #9 is third choice at 6-1. Nobody else is lower than 15-1 on the morning line. A random post position selection order was drawn at the track and the connections were allowed to choose their spot in the gate at the post position draw. For those interested, that order is here.
Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2008 Kentucky Derby?
Below is the field listed in post position order with morning line odds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star next to the dosage index indicates a dual qualifier.
The Kentucky Derby will be televised on NBC from 5-6:30pm EDT but you can watch most of the Derby card on ESPN during the afternoon. Free past performances will be available from DRF soon. Post time for the Derby should be at 6:04pm EDT.
2008 Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 12 was entered headlined by trainer Larry Jones' fillied Eight Belles and Proud Spell, although Eight Belles is expected to scratch and go to the Derby if she draws a good post there. Get the entries, odds, and post positions here. New!
Review: Betting the Kentucky Derby - How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race by Dean Keppler. Breaks the task of handicapping the Derby into easy to understand strategies that any bettor at any level of play can implement and gives strategies for wagering as well.
Derby and Oaks Future Wager Pool Two - Pool 2 is now closed and the favorite for the Derby was Pyro at 4-1 while Country Star was the favorite for the Oaks at 5-1. Get all the horses, final odds, and free past performances here.
Derby and Oaks Future Wager Pool One - Pool 1 is now closed and the field was the favorite for the Derby at 3-1 while Indian Blessing is the favorite for the Oaks at 4-1. Get all the horses, odds, and free past performances here.
Injury Report - who is hurt or off the trail from the Road to the Roses contest
Data Track facts - all kinds of statistics for all the Derby contenders from the Courier-Journal database. Searchable by name, trainer, sire, and more.