04/27/2012 5:36PM

Kentucky Derby 2012 countdown


It's almost the first Saturday in May. Stick with us at DRF.com and you'll be ready at post time for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Our fleet of reporters are already on the scene at Churchill Downs providing wall-to-wall coverage of racing's crown jewel. Here's a day-by-day preview of our coverage:

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Advance PPs
Get a head start on your handicapping with our advance PPs for the top Derby contenders. Individual past performances on every horse that will line up at post time.

Road to the Kentucky Derby
If you missed any of the 3-year-old prep races or are looking for a quick refresher, check out our Kentucky Derby Preps page, with replays of every race as well as expert analysis from DRF handicappers Dan Illman and Mike Beer.

Kentucky Derby Top 20
A list of the top Kentucky Derby contenders of the moment, updated weekly leading up to the Kentucky Derby by DRF's Jay Privman and Mike Watchmaker.

Happy Hour video
Andrew Beyer joins us for Happy Hour to give his pre-race thoughts on the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Guide
Fan Guide with contender profiles and exclusive Derby insights from DRF handicappers. Kentucky Derby Advanced Access Package

Kentucky Derby: 'Animal Movers' featuring Bob Baffert (video)
Ever wonder what thre process is like for transporting a horse to the Kentucky Derby? Find out here.


Kentucky Derby News
The latest Kentucky Derby news from Churchill Downs. Everything published by DRF will be posted here immediately.

Kentucky Derby Workouts
Mike Welch's Kentucky Derby workout reports. DRF's veteran clocker brings a keen eye along with his stopwatch. Horseplayers have been reaping benefits from his insights for years.

Monday, April 30

Ask Steven Crist
Steven Crist will answer a Kentucky Derby Handicapping Question of the Day throughout Derby Week. Submit your questions via DRF.com, Twitter, or Facebook and Crist will tackle the best of them Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, May 1

Live chat with The Wizard
He's the guy who picked Animal Kingdom at 21-1 last year. Tune in to gain his insights into this year's race. Chat begins at 5 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, May 2

Kentucky Derby Draw
Find out which horses are in the race and which post positions they drew. Final past performances will be available on Wednesday night -- Classic PPs and Formulator.

Live Chat with Free, Hersh, and Peck
Join DRF handicappers Brad Free, Marcus Hersh, and Kenny Peck at 5 p.m. ET for Kentucky Derby discussion during the post-position draw.

Thursday, May 3

Live chat
DRF handicappers Mike Beer and Byron King talk Kentucky Derby at 5 p.m. ET.

Get Picks
Our handicappers let you know their picks to bring home the roses. Secure access now as part of our Advanced Access Package.

Friday, May 4

Prepare To Win
Our handicappers give you the best plays from the entire Kentucky Derby race card as well as across the country with our new product, DRF GamePlan.

Saturday, May 5

Race day
Get news updates throughout the day from Churchill Downs and follow our reporters and handicappers on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and notes. Visit Steven Crist and Mike Watchmaker's blogs for live updates throughout the Derby card.

steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Start thinking like a CUSTOMER buys..... When will the PP's be in the DRF Racing Form Edition? Thurs? Friday? God forbid you put the oaks AND the Ky Derby in Thursdays paper. i don't mind buying 2 papers, but I would rather pay more for both on a Thursday and then buy another paper for Saturday. Think like a CUSTOMER. How many years in business and you can't figure it out yet?????????????
KeithM More than 1 year ago
how do u get a program for this weekends race neone
Josh More than 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom was 20-1 last year, and I picked him to...so what?
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I see that you are offering your papers' services to sell the info needed for the KY Derby. Here is my advice to the DRF to make a ton of money in the upcoming year. (Send me my finders fee - a FREE one year subscription) I buy the DRF 4-5x a week. You used to have the front page of the DRF available to view on your site every day. I USED IT ALL THE TIME! Why? Because I buy my paper at the track,as do more than half the people. It used to be that if I looked online and saw that it only had Aqu/Prx/Pim/Kee/Hol in it, I WOULD THEN BUY THE OTHER TRACK I MAY LIKE, such as TB or Crc and bring it with me. Now I do not bother, as do many people. That dropped pic is costing you money.
Kenny H More than 1 year ago
You are dead on with that comment! What an error in judgement to not have that....DUH!