- Road to the Kentucky Derby
- Racing & Wagering
- Derby Experience
- Plan Your Visit
Kentucky Derby prep races concluded with a smashing performance from American Pharoah, who likely assured himself the favorite’s role in the 141st Kentucky Derby when romping by eight lengths in the April 11 Arkansas Derby.
Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, fresh off a dominant eight-length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) at Oaklawn Park, completed an uneventful Monday journey from the Hot Springs, Ark. track to Churchill Downs, where he stepped off a van at the home of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) shortly after 4 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah towered over the field in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), and his eight-length jaunt might well have solidified his position as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Lael Stables’ homebred Divining Rod (Tapit) swung out leading the far turn and powered past rivals Donworth (Tiznow) and Fame and Power (First Defence) to post a convincing three-length victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
Churchill Downs Tightens Security Measures Ahead of 141st Oaks and Derby Days; Will No Longer Allow Re-entry to Track for Ticketed Guests
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will no longer allow re-entry on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days for ticketed patrons who leave the grounds during those racing and entertainment programs.
Carpe Diem and Dortmund continued their winning ways on April 4, recording impressive scores in the Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, respectively, and Frosted rebounded from a disappointing setback to capture the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial.
Loooch Racing Stables Inc., Glenn K. Ellis and Christopher Dunn’s War Story, third in the recent Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, worked at Churchill Downs on Wednesday in preparation for a planned start in the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at the Louisville track on Saturday, May 2.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday April 6, 2015) – Multiplatinum and award-winning singer, songwriter and actor, Josh Groban, will perform the national anthem at the 141st Kentucky Derby® Presented by Yum! Brands at historic Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) on Saturday, May 2.
The undefeated Dortmund (Big Brown) will head to Churchill Downs for next month's Kentucky Derby (G1) as the possible favorite after another convincing victory at Santa Anita in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1).