Guide To The 2017 Kentucky Derby: What To Wear, Drink, And Watch For

by 12 months ago


We’re just a few days away from running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The post positions were drawn this morning, and the field is set. The running of the 2017 Kentucky Derby kicks off the Triple Crown of Horse Racing, with The Preakness and Belmont Stakes to follow later.

The field of the 143rd Kentucky Derby is one of the most stacked horse races we’ve seen in years. So, just like last year, I figured I’d throw together a quick guide on which horses to watch, what to drink, and what to wear. I’ll be in Vegas this Saturday for the Kentucky Derby watching from the casino, and I plan on being dressed like a complete asshole in my blazer full of roses (see below). I’ll invite you bros to join me this year in dressing to the nines and getting ham boned to watch the running of the 2017 Kentucky Derby because it is, and will always be, the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.


The 143rd Kentucky Derby Race Info

LOCATION: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
DATE: May 6th, 2017
Post Time: 6:34pm EST
PURSE: US$2 million guaranteed (1st Prize: $1,240,000, 2nd $400,000, 3rd $200,000)
FAVORITES TO WIN: Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, McCracken, Irish War Cry
OFFICIAL COCKTAILS: Mint Julep and Blush Lily


Which Horses To Watch For In The 2017 Kentucky Derby

There are 20 horses slotted to run in the 143rd Kentucky Derby. We’re still a few days away so there is always a chance that some horses back out between now and then. But here’s how the field looks from post position 1 through 20, with Horse, Jockey, and Odds respectively. I’ve marked the favorites in bold to make them easier for you to see.

1. Lookin at Lee, Corey Lanerie, 20-1
2. Thunder Snow, Christophe Soumillon, 20-1
3. Fast and Accurate, Channing Hill, 50-1
4. Untrapped, Ricardo Santana Jr, 30-1
5. Always Dreaming, John Velazquez, 5-1
6. State of Honor, Jose Lezcano, 30-1
7. Girvin, Mike Smith, 15-1
8. Hence, Floren Geroux, 15-1
9. Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1
10. Gunnevera, Javier Castellano, 15-1
11. Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 30-1
12. Sonneteer, Kent Desormeaux, 50-1
13. J Boys Echo, Luis Saez, 20-1
14. Classic Empire, Julien Leparoux, 4-1
15. McCraken, Brian Hernandez Jr, 5-1

16. Tapwrit, Jose Ortiz, 20-1
17. Irish War Cry, Rajiv Maragh, 6-1
18. Gormley, Victor Espinoza, 15-1

19. Practical Joke, Joel Rosario, 20-1
20. Patch, Tyler Gafflione, 30-1

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