Kentucky Derby payout 2022: prize money breakdown

This is how the total prize money for the 2022 Kentucky Derby is made up.

The first leg of the Triple Crown will be played on Saturday night as it is the Kentucky Derby weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

That’s what matters at Churchill Downs. The last horse race of the weekend is at approximately 6:57pm ET. What makes the Derby so fascinating, alongside all the tradition and grandeur surrounding the race, is that these three-year-old horses are racing for so long for the first time. It’s the college football spectacle of horse racing, so buckle up for the main event.

This is how the prize money breaks down in relation to the total payout at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Derby payout 2022: prize money breakdown

For the fourth year in a row, the Kentucky Derby has a prize pool of $3 million. The Main Event winner receives $1.86 million, which is more than 60 percent of the total prize pool. This is how the remaining payouts for this year’s derby will be paid out at the legendary Churchill Downs.

  1. $1.86 million
  2. $600,000
  3. $300,000
  4. $150,000
  5. $90,000

Although there are two other legs of the Triple Crown, neither Belmont nor Preakness pays off like the Derby. The Preakness is scheduled to pay out $1.5 million when it is held in Baltimore in two weeks time, while the Belmont will pay out just $1 million in total prize money when this race is held in Saratoga in about a month. Nothing pays like the Kentucky Derby.

The race winner will have all eyes on him in two weeks time as he heads into the Preakness. Kentucky Derby payout 2022: prize money breakdown

John Verrall

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