Derby Basics: What You Need to Know

Molly Jo Rosen

April 14th, 2014

No race captures the hearts, minds, and imagination of race fans young and old quite the Kentucky Derby.

Every owner wants to have a horse in it. Every jockey wants to ride it. But only a select few get to run in it.

This year another 20 horses will line up in the starting gate at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the oldest continuously run sporting event in America.

Here are some Derby basics to know...

Where to Watch

May 2 | NBCSN | 5p – 6p ET May 3 | NBCSN | 11a – 4p ET May 3 | NBC | 4p – 7p ET May 3 | NBCSN | 7p – 7:30p ET

or listen to HRRN all week

What Exactly Is a Mint Julep?

As the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, 120,000 Mint Juleps are served that weekend. This feat requires over 10,000 bottles of bourbon, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.
Kentucky Derby Day Scene2 cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Kentucky Bourbon

To really make your mint julep’s official, find silver julep cups!

Betting the Derby is Easy!
Kentucky Derby SceneYou are just a few clicks away from betting the biggest race of the year.

Click here to SIGN UP or LOGIN to your BetAmerica account

In the upper left corner, click BET NOW

In the center, select your track: CHURCHILL DOWNS is home to the Derby

Select your race number: race 11 is usually the Derby

Select your bet amount: $2 WPS is the safest place to start (your selection has to finish in the top 3); this is actually 3 separate bets and will cost you $6

Select your runner: pick the horse you want to win and - yes - you can choose more than one horse for additional cost

In the upper right corner, click VERIFY WAGER, then SUBMIT and you're all set!