2015 Kentucky Derby Preview: Contenders, Post Times & Final Tips

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 13:51 PM

The month of April is winding down and the first Saturday in May is rounding the corner! In the past week, we've seen the Road to the Derby and Road to the Oaks series has come to an end, the contenders have be announced, and horse racing fans from around the world are putting the finishing touches on their travel arrangements to Louisville. The time has come for us all to watch the first leg of the Triple Crown to be run at Churchill Downs!

With that being said, I've compiled all the final information you'll need to know heading into the 2015 Kentucky Derby weekend! So, read on to see which horses the field will be comprised of, to find out what the post times are for each race, and for last minute tips to make the most of your Kentucky Derby experience.

2015 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Contenders

The Field for the 141st Kentucky Derby

Season Ranking


1 International Star
2 Dortmund
3 Carpe Diem
4 American Pharaoh
5 Frosted
6 Mubtaahij
7 Materiality
8 El Kabeir
9 Upstart
10 Far Right
11 Itsaknockout
12 Firing Line
13 Danzig Moon
14 War Story
15 Tencedur
16 Stanford
17 Mr. Z
18 Ocho Ocho Ocho
19 Bolo
20 Madefromlucky
21 Keen Ice
22 Frammento
23 Bold Conquest
24 Metaboss
25 Firespike
26 Toasting Master

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The Field for the 141st Kentucky Oaks

Season Ranking


1 Condo Commando
2 I'm A Chatterbox
3 Stellar Wind
4 Birdatthewire
5 Lovely Maria
6 Include Betty
7 Oceanwave
8 Angela Renee
9 Sarah Sis
10 Maybellene
11 Eskenformoney
12 Puca
13 Shook Up
14 Luminance
15 Forever Unbridled
16 Achiever's Legacy
17 Money'soncharlotte
18 Danessa Deluxe
19 Callback
20 Wonder Gal
21 West Coast Belle
22 By The Moon
23 Peace and War
24 Cristina's Journey

2015 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Post Times

Oaks Day Race Schedule


Post Time

1st Race 10:30 a.m.
2nd Race 11 a.m.
3rd Race 11:30 a.m.
4th Race 12:05 p.m.
5th Race 12:43 p.m.
6th Race 1:26 p.m.
7th Race 2:08 p.m.
8th Race 3:02 p.m.
9th Race 4:02 p.m.
10th Race 4:52 p.m.
141st Kentucky Oaks 5:49 p.m.
12th Race 6:21 p.m.

Derby Day Race Schedule

Race Post Time
1st Race 10:30 a.m.
2nd Race 11:01 a.m.
3rd Race 11:31 a.m.
4th Race 12:04 a.m.
5th Race 12:38 a.m.
6th Race 1:19 a.m.
7th Race 2:08 p.m.
8th Race 2:59 p.m.
9th Race 3:43 p.m.
Woodford Reserve Turf Classic 4:44 p.m.
141st Kentucky Derby 6:34 p.m.
12th Race 7:35 p.m.
13th Race 8:05 p.m.

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What to Bring (and NOT Bring) into Churchill Downs

churchill downs derby experiences When you're going to be spending two full days at the race track, you're going to want to be prepared. Here are some items you're definitely going to want to have in tow:

  • Your Ticket
  • Your All-Inclusive Hospitality Badge
  • Your Transportation Pass (if you opted for Derby Experiences' provided for transportation)
  • Money for Wagering and Souvenirs
  • Comfortable Derby Attire: Your Guide on What to Wear to the 2015 Kentucky Derby
  • A Camera to Capture Your Experience
  • Your Cell Phone

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from being brought into Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days:

  • Folding Chairs
  • Banners and/or Signs 
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • Noise Makers
  • Coolers
  • Commercially Prepared Food
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Bottles
  • Scooters
  • Skateboards
  • Canopies
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Picnic or Beach Umbrellas
  • Frisbees or Any Projectile Items
  • Balls
  • Poles or Sticks of Any Kind
  • Tents

LAST CHANCE: Book Your 2015 Kentucky Derby Experience Today!

Kentucky DerbyStill need to secure your Official Ticket Package to the 141st running of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby? There's still time, but you must act fast! Derby Experiences' Official Ticket Packages are almost sold-out!

Packages include exclusive access to in-track hospitality venues, complete with complimentary gourmet food buffets, open beer, wine and soft drinks options, and meet-and-greets with celebrity jockeys. Not to mention, transportation and accommodations can be included in your package, leaving you no additional planning.

For more information on how you can book your trip to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, visit Derby Experiences' website or call 1-888-384-7088 to speak to a representative.



Join the conversation on social media Derby weekend using the hashtags #DerbyVIP and #KyDerby!

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