Horses to watch at Churchill Downs

The 150th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Horses in the 2024 Kentucky Derby

Here is a list of horses expected to be in the starting lineup for the 2024 Kentucky Derby.

Horses to watch

  • Winner of the Sunland Derby Stronghold hopes to break through with a major achievement. He followed up the Sunland Derby win with a victory in the Santa Anita Derby in California. Stronghold is 20-1 in the morning line.
  • Just A To touch is a horse to look forward to. Is the son of Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown winner, and has finished second in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.
  • At a ratio of 20 to 1, Honor Marie was runner-up in the Louisiana Derby, well behind Catching Freedom, and is expected to enjoy the longer 1 ¼-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Sierra Leone is 3-1 in the morning line and has a talented trainer in Chad Brown and a very good jockey Tyler Gaffalione on board,
  • Epic ride is in the Kentucky Derby field after Encino’s scratch. Kentucky Derby enters a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Blue Grass on April 6 at Keeneland.

Kentucky Derby 2024 Odds

Here’s a look at the current 2024 Kentucky Derby odds, according to

  1. Dornoch (20-1)
  2. Sierra Leone (3-1)
  3. Mystik Dan (20-1)
  4. Catching Freedom (8-1)
  5. Catalytic (30-1)
  6. Plain steel (20-1)
  7. Honor Marie (20-1)
  8. Just a touch (10-1)
  9. Encino (DELETED)
  10. TO Password (JPN) (30-1)
  11. Forever Young (JPN) (10-1)
  12. Phantom Phantom (20-1)
  13. Western Saratoga (50-1)
  14. Endless (30-1)
  15. Domestic product (30-1)
  16. Big Mo the First (50-1)
  17. Ferocity (5-2)
  18. Stronghold (20-1)
  19. Resilience (20-1)
  20. Society man (50-1)
  21. Epic ride (30-1)

Kentucky Derby post time

Post time is set for 4:57 PM MT/5:57 PM CT on Saturday, May 4. NBC will broadcast the race. There are a total of 14 races on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The first race is at 8:30 AM MST.

Kentucky Derby History

There have been many great moments in the previous 149 Kentucky Derbys. But one that stands out for Borderland fans was the 2009 race, in which Mine That Bird won at odds of 50-1. The Horse’s victory inspired a movie about it. Mine That Bird, which ran twice at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, was trained by Chip Wolley and the winning jockey was Calvin Borel.

Felix F. Chavez can be reached at [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on X.

USA Today Network contributed to this report.