Kentucky Derby Day races 2024: Results from Saturday's undercards at Churchill Downs (2024)

Moments after Gun Pilot crossed the wire first in Saturday’s Churchill Downs Stakes, Steve Asmussen pulled aside Cristian Torres for a brief conversation in the winner’s circle.

“First of many, man! First of many!” Asmussen told Torres, referencing the fact the jockey had just won his first Grade 1 race.

A stunning juxtaposition.

Asmussen, who’s won more than 10,000 races as a trainer (making him the winningest trainer in North American history), speaking to a jockey who had just forged new ground in his career.

"To get a Grade 1 (victory), it's a special day," Torres said. "It's something that I cannot explain how I feel -- I feel like I'm in a cloud right now. I'm blessed."

Gun Pilot, who won the 7-furlong race after leaving the gate at 5-1 odds, returned $12.68 on a $2 win wager. Here Mi Song, at 20-1 odds, finished second and returned $18.86. Zozos, at 9-2 odds, was third and paid $4.58.

Zozos was one of three prerace favorites along with Hoist the Gold and Tejano Twist.

But that trio, and the rest of the field, failed to stare down the barrel of Gun Pilot, who surged to the lead in the stretch and pulled away to win by more than 2 lengths, clocking a winning time of 1:21.95.

"We talked about it beforehand: of him getting away clean, not giving him too much to do, just use enough of him to not be in the middle of the track," Asmussen said of Gun Pilot's winning trip. "Textbook. Just a beautiful ride by Cristian."

Torres redirected the credit.

"He's a nice horse," Torres said. "He (does) everything that I asked him for."

An obvious question after the victory: What’s next for Gun Pilot? When the possibility of the Metropolitan Handicap — more well-known by its abbreviated name, the "Met Mile" — was broached, Asmussen couldn’t hide his disinterest.

"We're gonna pet him. We're gonna pet on him for a while," he said of Gun Pilot. "We targeted this, and he came through for us."

While Asmussen couldn’t care less about the future, Torres didn’t mind thinking back on the past. On this day last year, he wasn’t at Churchill Downs. Instead, he was competing in races in Arkansas, at Oaklawn.

“Being here, this is what we work for: to win these big races,” Torres said. “I've been blessed in my short career.”

-Ryan Black

Chad Brown horses sweep top spots in Distaff Turf Mile Stakes

Chili Flag, who went off at 4-1 odds, finished first in the $750,000 Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes in 1:35.95 on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The top three on the board all are trained by Chad C. Brown. Coppice, at 8-5 odds, and Delahaye, at 6-1 odds, finished second and third, respectively.

Chili Flag paid $10.06 to win on a $2 wager. Coppice returned $4.18 to place, and Delahaye paid $4.04 to show.

Brown is the winningest trainer in this stakes, with five career wins. This was his fourth consecutive win in the race.

Irad Ortiz Jr. rode Chili Flag to victory in what was his fourth win of the day.

-Prince James Story

Program Trading edges Naval Power in Turf Classic

ProgramTrading, among the race favorites at 4-1 odds, won by a nose over Naval Power, another favorite, in the $1,000,000 Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Program Trading paid $10.18 to win on a $2 wager. Naval Power, trained by Charles Appleby and owned by Godolphin, returned $4.34 to place, and Webslinger paid $6.92 to show.

-Ryan Black

Long shots Trikari, Formidable Man and Lagynos return big payoffs in American Turf

In a photo finish, Trikari, who went off at 47-1, won the Grade 2, $600,000 American Turf Stakes to earn jockey Umberto Rispoli’s 2,000th career win, clocking 1:43.59 for the 1 1/16 miles.

“It means a lot to me, and it means a lot more today,” said Rispoli, who will try to add a second win of the day when he rides Endlessly in the Derby.

Rispoli started the day by riding Front Run the Fed in the Twin Spires Turf stakes race then rode Evvie Jets in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. He finished eighth in both races.

Endlessly and Trikari are both owned by Amerman Racing Stables. H. Graham Motion trained Trikari, while trainer Michael McCarthy is making his Derby debut with Endlessly.

“Graham did an amazing job,” Rispoli said. “I'm glad, and thanks to him and his crew for bringing the horse in top shape in this race.”

Trikari has now won back-to-back races and improved to 3-1-0 in four career starts.

Formidable Man, at 24-1 odds, and Lagynos, at 36-1, finished second and third, respectively.

On a $2 bet to win, Trikari returned $96.34. Formidable Man paid $23.22 to place, and Lagynos returned $19.60 to show. A 50-cent trifecta paid $2,985.51. The 2/4/3/11 $1 superfecta was worth $69,493.26.

The race included four graded-stakes winners in Agate Road, Neat, Stay Hot and Can Group.

Legend of Time, the 6-5 favorite, finished fifth.

Last year, Javier Castellano rode Webslinger to first in 1:41.54, less than a second short of the race record (1:40.93). Castellano was back this year and rode Cugino, who finished fourth.

-Alexis Cubit

Cogburn upsets favorites to win Twin Spires Turf Sprint

Saturday marked the first time in the starting gate for Cogburn since Sept. 9, when he competed in the Grade 2 Turf Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs. He placed fifth in the 11-horse field that day.

Thankfully, trainer Steve Asmussen said Saturday, Cogburn’s owners gave the OK to allow the thoroughbred to rest up for a long layoff, aiming for this summer’s turf sprint season.

That decision paid off handsomely Saturday at Churchill Downs, as Cogburn captured the $600,000 Grade 2 Twin Spires Turf Sprint.

In a stout field that featured a trio of favorites — Motorious, Mischief Magic and Big Invasion — in the 5 ½-furlong race, the competition concerned Asmussen less than the draw. Cogburn drew Post 14.

“Well, he took care of that in one jump,” Asmussen said, as Cogburn then was off to the races, beating runner-up Filo Di Arianna to the wire. Mischief Magic placed third.

“Obviously, his turf races are beyond excellent,” Asmussen said of Cogburn, who went off at 8-1 odds and returned $18.78 on a $2 wager, “and we're very fortunate to have him.”

Filo Di Arianna paid $24.50, while Mischief Magic returned $4.04 to show.

Saturday’s win continued a successful run for Cogburn, who has won seven times in 13 starts (winning percentage of 54%). He owns a win-place-show rate of 69% (7-2-0 in 13 races).

“I think that's what he's capable of,” said Asmussen, the winningest trainer in North American history in terms of victories, with more than 10,000. “And that's what we'll be getting to campaign the rest of the year.”

With sights squarely set on the Breeders’Cup.

“He showed how fast he was at that level,” Asmussen said, “but it was toward the end of (last) year.”

-Ryan Black

Former Kentucky Derby hopeful Seize the Grey victorious in Pat Day Mile Stakes

Seizethe Grey, a 2024 Kentucky Derby hopeful before a disappointing finish in the Blue Grass Stakes, finished first in the $600,000, Grade 2 Pat Day Mile Stakes in 1:35.96 on Saturday.

Jaime A. Torres rode Seize the Grey, who went off at 9-1 odds, to victory. Seize the Grey paid $20.84 on a $2 win bet.

Nash, at 5-2 odds, and Vlahos, at 5-1 odds, finished second and third, respectively. Nash returned $4.46 to place, and Vlahos paid $5.50 to show.

Seize the Grey, who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas and owned by MyRacehorse (Michael Behrens), finished seventh in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on April 6 at Keeneland.

Lukas said he would strongly consider running Seize the Grey in the Preakness Stakes on May 18.

“We got nothing to lose. You stick him in there, and he earned his way to run (in) the Preakness. I mean, he's qualified for it, and he's nominated for it, so why wouldn't we give those people that opportunity,” Lukas said.

“Bob (Baffert) called me last night and talked to me for about 45 minutes. We talked about getting together at the Preakness and having some fun. We both do well there, and we both have had a hell of a run in there.”

Baffert, who didn’t have any horses in the Kentucky Derby because of his ongoing Churchill Downs suspension, has won the Preakness a record eight times, and Lukas has won the second leg of the Triple Crown six times.

Seize the Grey won his 3-year-old debut — an allowance optional claiming race — on Feb. 24 at Oaklawn Park and then finished third in the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks on March 23 at Turfway Park before his disappointing showing in the Blue Grass.

-Prince James Story

Favored Vahva rallies down stretch to win Derby City Distaff

A rivalry between fillies Vahva and Alva Starr grew stronger Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The latter and jockey Tyler Gaffalione took the lead on the final turn of the Derby City Distaff; but the former, with Ortiz Jr. aboard, surged past her down the stretch to claim the $1 million, Grade 1 race.

Running out of Post 10, Ortiz and the 4-year-old daughter of Gun Runner covered 7 furlongs in 1:21.75.

They tracked the pace early from the four to five path and raced in the three path along the turn. Trailing Alva Starr by a head at the stretch, Ortiz made a bid nearing the eighth-pole and edged Gaffalione by 2 lengths.

“I just let her be there, let her be happy,” Ortiz said. “I had confidence that my filly was going to catch up.”

Flying Connection finished third with jockey Florent Geroux aboard.

WIth 8-5 odds, Vahva returned $5.44 on a $2 wager for the win. Alva Starr, the second choice at 2-1, paid $3.66 to place; and Flying Connection (11-1) returned $5.20 to show.

Vahva improved to 5-3-2 across 12 starts, remained undefeated at Churchill Downs and delivered trainer Cherie DeVaux her second career Grade 1 victory.

When did DeVaux think her horse had it? “After she crossed the finish line,” the trainer said.

Alva Starr and Gaffalione bested Vahva and Ortiz by half-lengths in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes on April 6 at Keeneland. But DeVaux’s filly won the first matchup, the Grade 2 Raven Run last October at Keeneland, by half a length with jockey John Velazquez aboard.

The Derby City Distaff is part of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen. First- second- and third-place finishes in these races will receive a tiered bonus bankroll that will be applicable to Breeders’ Cup fees (pre-entry and entry).

DeVaux said reaching that stage is the ultimate goal for Vahva.

“She’s just one who has a nice, special presence about her,” DeVaux said.

-Brooks Holton

This story will be updated.

Kentucky Derby Day races 2024: Results from Saturday's undercards at Churchill Downs (2024)


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What did the trifecta pay in the Kentucky Derby 2024? ›

The $1 trifecta paid $1,113.84. The $1 superfecta, with fourth-place finisher Catching Freedom joining the top three, paid $8,254.07.

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The 2024 Kentucky Derby will be held on May 4 in Louisville, Kentucky. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the first post is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. There are 14 races in total, but the official Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET.

What was the finish order of the Derby? ›

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1Mystik Dan18-1
2Sierra Leone9-2
3Forever Young7-1
4Catching Freedom8-1
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Just like caddies at the Masters receive some of the payout if their golfer wins, jockeys receive a portion of the Kentucky Derby prize their horse lands. According to multiple reports, jockeys typically receive 10% of the prize money. So, whichever jockey is first across the line Saturday will likely pocket $310,000.

How much does it cost to enter a horse in the Kentucky Derby? ›

Finally, if the horse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby - just 20 spots are up for grabs - Churchill Down charges a widely reported $50,000 for participation in the race: an initial entry fee of $25,000, plus a starting fee of $25,000.

What is trifecta payout? ›

It totally depends on the size of the trifecta pool and the number of players and different wagers there are. Trifecta dividends range from, perhaps, $10 – $20, to tens of thousands of dollars. It all depends on how big the pool is and how many people hit the winning combination.

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Tickets can be purchased directly from the Kentucky Derby official website. An Infield General Admission ticket, which gets you in the door, costs $130.

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A field of 20 horses is set to launch from the starting gate for the 2024 Kentucky Derby today.

What to wear in the Kentucky Derby 2024? ›

For the 150th Kentucky Derby, you'll likely see anything from fitted suits to loose, flowy dresses. Jumpsuits and rompers aren't uncommon either, but it's good to keep in mind the lengthy bathroom lines at the racetrack when considering these options.

What were the payouts on the Kentucky Derby? ›

Kentucky Derby prize money for top five finishers

1st place: $3.1 million. 2nd place: $1 million. 3rd place: $500,000. 4th place: $250,000.

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Where did Fierceness finish in the Kentucky Derby? ›

Fierceness, the 3-1 favorite, finished 15th in the field of 20 3-year-olds. Mystik Dan ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.34 and paid $39.22, $16.32 and $10. Hernandez and trainer Kenny McPeek had teamed for a wire-to-wire win in the Kentucky Oaks for fillies on Friday with Thorpedo Anna.

What place did Just a Touch come in? ›

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