Derby Day Saturday
The day gets started early with gates opening at 7:15 am to accommodate the first simulcast from Churchill Downs scheduled for 7:30 am. The first live race will take place at 11:30am. The Kentucky Derby post time is 3:24 pm. The first 4,000 fans will receive a free Kentucky Derby commemorative glass. The glass lists the names of the previous 140 winners of the historic race.
Grandstand admission Derby Day is $5. There will be live music on the grandstand apron,a free Kids’ Fun Park with multiple inflatables, pony rides and face painters and, of course, the annual Bonnet and Kentucky Derby Gents contests (prize money) which will take place immediately following the Kentucky Derby on the Grandstand apron. Mint Juleps, the Derby drink, will be plentiful.
The Clubhouse, Turf Club, Turf Club Terrace and Directors’ Suite Patio are sold out.
The Kentucky Derby
This year’s Run for the Roses spotlights on more than one horse. In fact there are probably ten horses that merit a close look. That’s how talented this year’s 3-year-old crop is.
American Pharaoh, who will break from the 18 post, was installed the 5-2 favorite. Next in line is Dortmund at 3-1 coming out of the 8 hole. Then Carpe Diem at 8-1 breaking from the 2 post. Everyone else is double digit odds. But don’t let that scare you off your horses. There’s talent in Materiality and Firing Line both at 12-1 and Frosted at 15-1. A case can even be made for Mubtaahij and International Star, each at 20-1.
After all, it’s the Kentucky Derby, where dreams do come true.