Kentucky Derby: When is the main race, who is the favorite to win the 2023 Run for the Roses and more


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  • 149th Kentucky Derby will be on may 6
  • The race takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • The times, odds and what Patrick Mahomes is doing out there for the race can be found below.

For fans of horses, bourbon, and big hats, there’s nothing more exciting than the Kentucky Derby. Titled “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”, the event, to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, will see twenty horses race around a 1 ¼ track in the “Run for the Roses”. It is an event that is attended by all kinds of dignitaries, from celebrities to locals.

This is also going to be a wild day. As of Wednesday (May 3), the forecast predicted a high of 71 and a low of 56, with a 60% chance of rain during the day. According to horse racing nationThe coldest Kentucky Derby ever recorded was May 4, 1940, at 36 degrees (which was as cold as the race that ran on May 4, 1957.) In contrast, the warmest temperature was 94 degrees on May 2, 1959.

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Kentucky Derby race seen in 2022 Rich Strike, ridden by Sunny Leonewin by a margin of 8-1, The horse entered the race as a replacement (“scratch,” as they say in horse racing) after Ether Rode was removed for unknown reasons. The favorites for the race were Epicenter and Zandon, who finished behind Rich Strike. The victory was the second biggest upset in the history of the derby. Only Donrell, who won the 1913 race, had worse odds – 91–1. Will the same happen again this year?

Who’s Running in the Kentucky Derby?

The following horses (and their jockeys) are listed in order of post position (h/t espn,

  • hit showmanny franco,
  • verifying (Tyler Gaffalione,
  • two phil (jareth loveberry,
  • confidence gamejames graham,
  • Tapit Tris (louis sayz,
  • Kingsbarns (jose ortiz,
  • Rebirth (John Velazquez,
  • Grain (Javier Castellano,
  • Skinner (juan hernandez,
  • Practical Moves (ramon vazquez,
  • to control (Joel Rosario,
  • Jess Road (Florent Geroux,
  • Sun Thunder (Brian Hernandez Jr.,
  • Angel of Empire (flavian pratt,
  • fort (Irad Ortiz Jr.,
  • Rise Can (Gerardo Corrales,
  • derma sotoge (Christophe Lemaire,
  • rocket can (junior alvardo,
  • Lord Miles (paco lopez,
  • Ongoing (Ryusei Sakai,

Who is favored to win the Kentucky Derby?

Be aware that the odds shift and are subject to change until race day. Horses can get sick. Riders could catch COVID. Weather can have an effect.

By May 3, CBS Sports Reportedly Fort is the odds-on favorite (3-1). Tapit Trice is in second place with 51-odds. Angel of Empire (8-1), Derma Sotogke (10-1), and Practical Move (10-1) round out the top five favorites. Continuer, Jace Road, Rise Cain, Sun Thunder and Reincarnate make long shots at 50-1 odds.

What time is the Kentucky Derby 2023 main race?

The main race of the Kentucky Derby is set for 6:57 p.m. ET.

While there is a race we know as The Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs holds races all day long. The gates at the historic track open at 9:00 am, with a total of 14 races running, according to its schedule, People flock to it and make a party of it, all while waiting for “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” – followed by two more races.

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How Much Does It Cost to Go to the Kentucky Derby?

As of May 3, general admission tickets were available on StubHub for $75 each. kentucky dot com, Some GA tickets were going up to $82, and prices may increase as the event gets closer. Those wanting to sit in the final turn of the race will pay $266 (before fees), while infield tickets go for $484. There are “unlimited food and drink” options, with the lowest being $621. A spot in the VIP lounge with in-seat wait service and unlimited food and drinks will cost $3,149.

Millionaire’s Row offers “one of the most exhilarating experiences on track” Sports Illustrated, Joe says that the terrace “provides the perfect vantage point, but the tiered balconies also add to the air of extravagance for which the Kentucky Derby has become famous.” However, the cost of a ticket for this part of the track is $6,787.

All of this doesn’t take into account hotel, flight and Lyft/Uber/taxi costs (don’t drink and drive!).

What is Patrick Mahomes doing there?

After appearing with his wife at the Met Gala as the defending Super Bowl champion patrick mahomes Will appear in the Kentucky Derby. They are called “Riders Up!” Would be honored to say.

“Riders Up!” The traditional order from the paddock judge for the jockeys to mount their horses prior to the upcoming race is,” says the Kentucky Derby Website, “But since 2012, Churchill Downs has reserved that special honor for a dignitary or celebrity attendee when it comes to the Kentucky Derby.”