Kentucky Derby 2014 News and Updates
3/4/14 - This past Saturday, New York-bred Samraat and Uncle Sigh finished one and two in Gotham Stakes for $500,000 at Aqueduct—effectively moving these two into the top ten in the Run For The Roses. The only New York-bred horse to win at Churchill Downs was Funny Cide, and with Intense Holiday, Honor Code and Candy Boy going strong, the latest NY contenders will have to work harder than ever through these last 13 prep races. If you want to save and buy the cheapest Kentucky Derby tickets available ($55), you won't have to worry about not having a great view, because Churchill Downs just partnered with Panasonic to construct a $12 million, 15,224-foot high, HD video screen along the backstretch!
2/24/14 - As we inch closer and closer to the Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses is as tight as ever. Both the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Risen Star, important prep races for the Derby, were not won by favorites. A 9-2 shot, Wildcat Red, won the Fountain of Youth to beat out the 2-1 favorite, Top Billing. Intense Holiday, a 5-1 shot, won by a hair over Albano at Fair Grounds for the Risen Star. The photo finish this weekend in Louisville has appropriately set the tone for this year's exciting road to the Derby so get your tickets now! The favorites for the Kentucky Derby may be fluctuating, but ticket prices for the event remain unchanged since last week.
2/18/14 - This weekend, chestnut colt Tapiture galloped his way into victory and into the front of the Churchill Downs' Run for the Roses. The three year-old pulled off a convincing win at Southwest Stakes by 4.5 lengths over favorite Strong Mandate. This, coupled with first place at Kentucky Jockey Club and third in the Iroquois, has granted Tapiture the most overall points after the first set of Derby Prep races. Kentucky Derby tickets are slightly down and available for as little as $55, lock yours in now!
2/12/14 - Things just got a little more interesting in the race for the Kentucky Derby. Saturday's victory at Santa Anita Park by Candy Boy put the colt on the map and determined the eligibility of 20 horses that will compete on the road to Churchill Downs. Candy Boy won at Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a half-length with a 1:41.83 finish, a ride and time that has impressed all. Other favorites Honor Code, Shared Belief and Mutuel Park are still holding strong as favorites in this early "Run for the Roses".
Kentucky Derby 2014 Season
The world of horse racing is taking a serious turn as the Triple Crown steadily approaches. After some stellar performances over the last couple weeks on the glittering road to the Kentucky Derby, three competitors in particular have arisen. Cairo Prince nailed the Holy Bull at Gulfstream, blowing away the competition by 5.6 lengths, showing his chops as a real contender, while Shared Belief, pulled a beautiful 106 (Beyer Speed Figure) in the CashCall Futurity, and Vicar’s in Trouble, bred out of Louisiana round out the top three three-year olds. While horses will crop in and out of the Derby race, keep an eye on these early favorites; also keep an eye on Kentucky Derby tickets while they’re reasonably priced! Kentucky Oaks tickets are consistently more affordable, starting at just $35 to get into Infield GA, compared with $56 for the same spot at the Kentucky Derby a day later. Go to both events for a $95 minimum or shell out $5428 and fine dine with the best in the Turf Club. Kentucky Derby tickets are always of the highest demand, and are currently $887 on average to be a part of history this year.
Kentucky Derby History
Known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby is also one America’s oldest and most prestigious sporting traditions. The first Derby, held at Churchill Downs in 1875, had about 10,000 in attendance. Today, the event regularly draws over 150,000 spectators on the first Saturday in May. The Derby finishes off a week of festivities in Lexington that also includes the Kentucky Oaks
, held the day before the Derby. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown for three-year-old thoroughbreds. The second leg is held two weeks after the Derby at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, followed three weeks later by the Belmont Stakes
in New York. A 2014 Triple Crown winner would be just the 12th in history and the first since 1978.
The average price for a ticket to the 2014 Kentucky Derby is $1203, over three times more expensive than the Kentucky Oaks, which is averaging $377. In 2013, Derby tickets reached an all-time low the week of the event. All sections of the historic Churchill Downs provide a memorable experience. The most affordable options are General Admission Infield tickets. While it doesn’t offer the best vantage point to watch the racing, the Infield is well known for its partying. By contrast, the Millionaires Row offers the best view of both the track and of the rich and famous fans in attendance. Whether in the Millionaires Club or Infield, Grandstand or Clubhouse, derby hats and mint juleps are a must on race day.