05/05/2011 3:52PM

Oaks & Derby Cards: Timetable & Betting Menu


 It's later than you think: First post Friday for the 12-race Kentucky Oaks card is 10:30 a.m. and the first of the day's three pick-4's starts half an hour later with the second race at 11 a.m. Here's a snapshot of the Oaks and Derby cards -- a total of 25 races, 11 of those graded stakes including four Grade 1's, and there are two pick-6's, two pick-5's and seven pick-4's over the two days:


I count 22 Grade 1 winners scheduled to compete over the two days: Blind Luck, Unrivaled Belle (La Troienne); Awesome Gem, Giant Oak (Alysheba); Lilacs and Lace, Zazu (Oaks); Evening Jewel, Shotgun Gulch (Humana Distaff); Capt. Candyman Can, Noble's Promise, Smiling Tiger (Churchill Downs); Court Vision, Moryba, Prince Will I Am, Stately Victor, Teak's North (WR Turf Classic); and Archarcharch, Brilliant Speed, Comma to the Top, Dialed In, Midnight Interlude and Uncle Mo in the Kentucky Derby. 

I like how they set up the multirace bets on Friday: the pick-6, pick-5 and last pick-4 end with the Oaks instead of the maiden-race finale. On Saturday the pick-6 and pick-5 end with the Derby, as does the third of four pick-4's, but there's also a final pick-4 consisting of the Woodford Reserve, the Derby, and the final two races on the card.

No dime superfectas on- or off-track Oaks and Derby Days. All other wagers appear to be at their usual minimums including 50-cent trifectas. According to Churchill Downs: "Trifecta and Superfecta wagering on all races that qualify under Kentucky statutes. Daily Double and Super High-5 wagers are $1 minimum straight bets. On Oaks Day and Derby Day the Superfecta is a $1.00 minimum wager. Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 wagers are $.50 minimum straight bets. The Pick-6 is a $2 minimum wager. The Exacta is a $2.00 minimum straight bet with $1.00 boxes and wheels."

I'll be blogging both cards here Friday and Saturday. And tonight I'm doing a live chat at drf.com -- http://www.drf.com/events/kentucky-derby-chats -- from 7 to 8 p.m.