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2024 Kentucky Derby Odds
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Odds
1 DORNOCH Luis Saez Chad Brown West Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC, Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable 20-1
2 SIERRA LEONE Tyler Gafflione Todd Pletcher Magnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M. 3-1
3 MYSTIK DAN Brian Hernandez, Jr. Brad Cox Lance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III 20-1
4 CATCHING FREEDOM Flavien Prat Phil D'Amato Albaugh Family Stables LLC 8-1
5 CATALYTIC Jose Ortiz Bill Mott Tami Bobo, Julie Davies & George G. Isaacs 30-1
6 JUST STEEL Keith Asmussen Yoshito Yahagi BC Stables LLC 20-1
7 HONOR MARIE Ben Curtis Michael McCarthy Ribble Farms LLC 20-1
8 JUST A TOUCH Florent Geroux Danny Gargan Qatar Racing (Sheikh Fahad Al Thani), Resolute Racing & Marc Detampel 10-1
SCR ENCINO Florent Geroux Brad Cox Godolphin LLC
9 T O PASSWORD (JPN) Kimura Kazushi Steve Asmussen Tomoya Ozasa 30-1
10 FOREVER YOUNG (JPN) Ryusei Sakai Larry Demeritte Susumu Fujita 10-1
11 TRACK PHANTOM Joel Rosario D.Wayne Lukas L and N Racing LLC, Brewster, Clark O., Caroom, Jerry and Breeze Easy, LLC 20-1
12 WEST SARATOGA Jesus Castanon Whit Beckman Harry L. Veruchi 50-1
13 ENDLESSLY Umberto Rispoli Chad Brown Amerman Racing LLC 30-1
14 DOMESTIC PRODUCT Irad Ortiz Jr. Saffie Joseph Jr. Klaravich Stables Inc. 30-1
15 GRAND MO THE FIRST Emisael Jaramillo Danny Gargan Granpollo Stables LLC 50-1
16 FIERCENESS John Velazquez Kenny McPeek Repole Stable 5-2
17 STRONGHOLD Antonio Fresu Brad Cox Eric M. Waller & Sharon Waller 20-1
18 RESILIENCE Junior Alvarado Victor Barboza Jr. Emily Bushnell & Ric Waldman 20-1
19 SOCIETY MAN Frankie Dettori Daisuke Takayanagi West Paces Racing LLC, Danny Gargan & GMP Stables LLC 50-1
20 EPIC RIDE Adam Beschizza John Ennis Welch Racing LLC 50-1

The Kentucky Derby is where potential legends are born. Every contender at the Derby has a unique story, a blend of skill, training, and determination.

The journey to becoming a Kentucky Derby contender is rigorous and prestigious. Selection is based on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system, a series of designated races worldwide.

Horses earn points based on their performance in these races, and only the top 20-point earners get the chance to compete at Churchill Downs. This points system ensures only the best and most consistent performers make it to the Derby, making the race a true test of excellence.

The legacy of the Kentucky Derby is adorned with legends. Names like Secretariat, American Pharoah, and Justify are not just winners but icons that have transcended the sport, these legends are not just a testament to their times; they inspire every contender that graces this hallowed track.

The "Road to the Kentucky Derby" is a series of races where horses compete to earn points. This point system, introduced in 2013, replaced the previous earnings system. The reason? To create a more accessible and understandable path to the Derby. Races are held at various iconic tracks across the country, each adding a unique flair to the journey.

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The Kentucky Derby Contenders: A Journey Through Time and Tradition

The Kentucky Derby - A Historical Overview

The Kentucky Derby, a spectacle of speed and stamina, has been the proving ground for some of the most exceptional contenders in horse racing history. Since its inception in 1875, the race has evolved, shaping not just the fate of its contenders but also the sport itself. Each year, the Kentucky Derby contenders step onto the Churchill Downs, ready to create new chapters in this ongoing saga.

The Prestigious Path to Becoming a Kentucky Derby Contender

The road to becoming a Kentucky Derby contender is one of rigorous training, unparalleled dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. For a horse to earn the title of a Kentucky Derby contender, it must first triumph in a series of preparatory races. These races are not just about speed; they are a test of heart, a showcase of agility, and a display of unwavering spirit. Past Kentucky Derby contenders have set high standards, becoming legends in their own right.

The Iconi Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, the venerable stage for the Kentucky Derby contenders, is a symbol of endurance and tradition. With its iconic twin spires overseeing the track, it has been the realm where contenders transform into champions. The aura of Churchill Downs is electric, charged with the anticipation of witnessing the next great performance by the Kentucky Derby contenders

The Race of Roses - Distance and Distinction

The Kentucky Derby, often referred to as 'The Run for the Roses', is a demanding 1.25-mile race. This distance, measured in furlongs, is a true test of the Kentucky Derby contenders speed and endurance. To conquer these furlongs is to secure a place in history, a feat that every contender aspires to achieve. It's a distance that separates the fleet-footed from the true champions.

Memorable Moments and Record-Holders

Over the years, the Kentucky Derby has been graced by contenders that have not only won the race but have captured the hearts of millions. From astonishing upsets to dominant performances, these contenders have become more than just winners; they are the embodiments of the spirit of the Kentucky Derby.

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