Updated May 5, 2018

The Kentucky Derby, by the numbers

A horse trains on the track during morning workouts in preparation for the 144th Kentucky Derby. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The 144th Kentucky Derby is Saturday at Churchill Downs, and CBS Sports reports that Justify is the 7-2 favorite to win it all — $1.24 million, to be exact.

Forbes predicts that upwards of $30 million will be spent on betting in the Churchill pool alone.

Derby day, by the numbers:
  • Post time is 6:46 p.m. EST.
  • Distance: 1 1/4 miles.
  • Purse: $2 million.
  • 120,000: The average number of mint juleps sold during the Derby every year, per CNBC.
  • 150,000+: The expected attendance.
  • 20 horses in the prime-time race: Firenze Fire, Free Drop Billy, Flameaway, Good Magic, Audible, Promises Fulfilled, Lone Sailor, Justify, My Boy Jack, Hofburg, Enticed, Bolt d'Oro, Mendelssohn, Bravazo, Vino Rosso, Magnum Moon, Solomini, Instilled Regard, Combatant, and Noble Indy.
  • 5-1 odds: Where My Boy Jack sits — up from 20-1 after rain factored into the race, according to the Business Insider. My Boy Jack has "a proven record on a muddy track," pulling him up to a second place favorite behind Justify.
  • 99-1 odds: Instilled Regard sits in last place.
Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Churchill Downs

Go deeper

Peter Navarro defends hydroxychloroquine use in heated CNN interview

White House economic adviser Peter Navarro defended the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus during a CNN interview Monday, highlighting "the possibility" that it has therapeutic efficacy.

Why it matters: Navarro did not deny reporting from Axios' Jonathan Swan that he got into a heated exchange in the White House Situation Room over the weekend with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci about the drug's prospects against the illness.

Special report: Health care workers vs. coronavirus

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, and Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images

Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

  • And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.
Go deeperArrow46 mins ago - Health

Backed by the Fed, bond investors get bullish

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Fed's massive injections of liquidity have reopened much of the bond market, and after back-to-back weeks in which more than $100 billion flowed out of bond funds, investors have regained their bearings and now see opportunity.

What's happening: But after the hemorrhaging outflows relented last week, bulls may now be sticking their heads out a bit too far. Junk bond funds took in more than $7 billion for the week ended April 1, according to Refinitiv Lipper, setting a new weekly record.