The 2019 Kentucky Derby is the 145th running held annually on the first Saturday on May 4, 2019, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and the Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. This year the event purse is increased from US$2 million to US$3 million where three-year-old Thoroughbreds 20 horses are ready to the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby the graded stakes race.
The 2019 graded stakes race Kentucky Derby will be televised by NBC and NBCSN TV network begins at 12:30 pm EDT and the main showdown will start time at 2:30 pm EDT. If you want to stream the Kentucky Derby 2019 live just stay with us from here.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest events in horse racing. Many wonder how it is decided what horses will participate in the race. The Road to the Kentucky Derby will explain how a horse qualifies for this race.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a point system to determine the position that a horse will qualify for at this race. The system looks at a dozen or more races that two to three-year-old thoroughbred horses have competed in over a two year period and how they finished. This system replaced a qualification system that looked at all different races all over the world.
There are 20 positions at the gates of the Kentucky Derby race. There is a spot that is reserved for the winter of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby race. If they pass on this space the position is offered to the next horse from this race. There are up to four horse that can be offered this position. If they decline it is moved onto the American qualifications. In 2018, the European Road to the Kentucky Derby was also included and horses there were offered positions as well.
Once offers have been made to the Japanese and European winners, the top finishers in the Road to Kentucky Derby races will be offered a spot. There are 24 horses that are selected. If any of the top 20 horses are scratched from the race one of these horses can take their place.
If two horses are tied in points they will have a race to determine which horses are entered and if they are graded or not. There is more than just horses that have done well that are entered into this race. There is an entire point system that will determine which horses are invited to this main race.