2011 Kentucky Derby FAQ

When is the Kentucky Derby?

The Derby is always held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. This year it will be on May 7. Post time is 6:24 pm ET.

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What are some of the rich Kentucky Derby traditions?

It starts with the official drink of the Derby: the Mint Julep. There's also The Infield, where you'll see nearly 100,000 fans take part in the biggest party this side of Mardi Gras. Among the other noteworthy traditions is the playing of "My Old Kentucky Home" by the University of Louisville marching band as the horses are brought out for the post parade.

What type of horses run in the Kentucky Derby?

Only 3-year-olds are allowed in the field. The lack of experience of 3-year-olds relative to other stakes races, where you have 4- and 5-year-olds and up also running, is one of the reasons the Derby can be so difficult to handicap. Make sure to seek out expert advice at before placing any bets.

Who is the favorite to win this year's Kentucky Derby?

Uncle Mo was the big name up until recently, but currently we have Dialed In as the favorite in our Derby Watch but late-breaking news can change the field at any time leading up to the race.

How do favorites usually perform?

The old adage that favorites rarely win no longer holds true. Four of the past 11 Derby winners have been favorites. Prior to Fusaichi Pegasus' victory in 2000, however, you have to go back to Spectacular Bid in 1979 to find a winning favorite. You can view the complete history of past winners on our Kentucky Derby History page.

What is the record time for a Kentucky Derby winner?

Secretariat won the 1973 Derby in 1:59.40, shattering the record of 2:00 set by Northern Dancer in 1964. Secretariat went on to win the Preakness and Belmont to complete the Triple Crown. The 2010 winner, Super Saver, took 2:04.45 to complete the 1 1/4 mile.

Where can I find betting information on the Kentucky Derby?

Come back to for Derby preview coverage, including breaking news, video analysis by our expert handicappers and more. You can find profiles of all the contenders and complete Past Performance data on our Ultimate Kentucky Derby Guide.

How do I read a Derby Contender profile?

You can find all the contender profiles online on our Derby Watch. Purchase the downloadable Ultimate Kentucky Derby Guide and get Past Performances for the entire Derby Day Race Card as well.

Why should I buy the DRF Ultimate Kentucky Derby Guide?

You will have everything you need to know to handicap the most prestigious race of the year. Download and print the Guide to peruse at your own leisure.