On Saturday, May 4th, 20 horses will enter the starting gates for their chance to ‘Run for the Roses’ at the 139th annual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Considered to be he ‘holy grail’ of all horse races, horses placing first through fifth will receive a cut of the estimated $2.8 million purse. First will receive $1.24 million of that, all the way down to fifth taking home a healthy $60,000.
Horses Orb and Verrazano are heavily favourited to win the 10 furlong (1 ¼ miles) race. Orb, at 7/2 odds has been placed at the top of that list, followed closely by undefeated Verrazano at 4/1. Betters shouldn’t count out Revolutionary however – jockey Calvin Borel is a three-time Kentucky winner, and could stir up quite the ‘revolution’ for his 10/1 horse.
The back of the pack consists of Black Onyx, Golden Soul, Giant Finish, Falling Sky and Frac Daddy, all listed at 50/1. But hold your horses! It’s anyone’s race in Louisville and anything can happen.
Tune in Saturday at 6:24 p.m. ET to see them at the post…and off!