2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Quick Links
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
The Kentucky Derby and Oaks are almost upon us!
Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of Derby and Oaks coverage and it can be hard to separate the signal from the noise. In order help you make the most of your 2018 Kentucky Derby and Oaks preparations we’ve collected a few useful resources. We’ll add more links as we find them.
Free Past Performances
Grab free past performance from Brisnet.com
Watch Contender Replays
Our sister site Raceday 360 has collected available replays in two handy YouTube playlists:
Be sure to check out our primer on how to get the most out of watching replays.
Watch Contender Workouts
You can watch live works from Churchill Downs between 7:00 and 8:00 am ET at the following places:
Training doesn’t really pick up until 7:30, but during the show you can also ask the panel the questions. Coverage will continue through Thursday. At YouTube you can view an archive of the shows as well videos of individual works and gallops.
There are a few other sources for horses that are training elsewhere:
Update: Mike Welsch is back with the DRF Derby Clocker Report. The easiest way to keep track is view the listing of his posts.
Be sure to check our primer on workouts.
Angles, Stats and Useful Tidbits
A collection of useful angles, stats and tidbits. We will add more as we find them.
OptixEQ Early Derby Analysis – Video
John Doyle and Emily Gullikson review the Derby field using the OptixPlot. If you’re unfamiliar with their product this is good way to learn how to use it while getting a great overview of the Derby field from two talented handicappers.
Barn Podcast Interview with Emily Gullikson
Racing podcast pioneer Jason Beem hosts OptixEQ’s Emily Gullikson for a great discussion on trip capping and maturing as a handicapper in general, as well as analysis of the some of the key Derby preps. Gullikson joins at 15:35 and the Derby specific discussion starts around 29 minutes. Be sure to check the Barn Derby week for the Handicappers Roundtable discussion. Also be sure to keep an eye out for OptixEQ video analysis next week.
How to Bet the Derby Podcasts
Ed DeRosa hosts a series of freewheeling Derby handicapping discussions with a range of sharp cappers including Scott Shapiro, Gus Alonso and Emily Gullikson so far. Each segment features a specific capper and offers a variety of different approaches to handicapping and betting the Derby.
Winning Kentucky Derby running styles since 1990
We look at what types of running styles have won the Derby since 1990, includes easy to read charts.
Major Prep Factor
Four major prep races have produced a majority of Kentucky Derby winners since 1952, find out which contenders come in to the 2018 Derby from those races.
Geek out! Mining Kentucky Derby data
Breakout the spreadsheet and get ready to party!
Paths to the Kentucky Derby since 1990
A visual look at the paths Kentucky Derby winners have taken in the 3-year-old season.
Average & Median Kentucky Derby Payouts
A quick look at historic payouts for win, exacta and trifecta pools.
Useful Twitter Accounts for Derby/Oaks Coverage
@DerbyMedia – Official account providing workout info
@DRFWelsh – DRF’s clocker with workout observations
@BH_JBalan – Blood-Horse California correspondent
@Steve_Byk – Radio show host on site at Churchill
@DRFPrivman – DRF correspondent with frequent updates
@BH_AHughes – Blood-Horse correspondent on the scene
There’s plenty of coverage on NBC Sports Network and NBC will broadcast the Derby.
The official Kentucky Derby Facebook and Twitter will provide live coverage of the Oaks post position draw on Monday April 30 and the Derby draw on Tuesday May 1st. Both are scheduled to start at 11 am ET.
|Thursday May 3||4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET||Derby Access||NBCSN|
|Friday May 4||12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET||Kentucky Oaks Undercard||NBCSN|
|Friday May 4||5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky Oaks||NBCSN|
|Saturday May 5||12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky Derby Undercard||NBCSN|
|Saturday May 5||2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET||Kentucky Derby||NBC|
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