Churchill Downs has now announced its stakes schedule for its Spring Meet, April 28-June 30, including the 144th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and the $1 million-guaranteed Kentucky Oaks (GI).
The Kentucky Derby, this year on May 5, is generally regarded as this country’s most prominent horse race and is this nation's oldest, continuously held sports event. This year’s contest is part of a roster of 32 stakes races during the traditional Spring Meet with total purses of $8.84 million.
The Kentucky Derby day card features seven graded stakes races, including three Grade I events, with total stakes purses of $4.2 million. The Kentucky Oaks Day program one day earlier features six graded stakes with total stakes purses of $2.35 million.