The $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands is the world's most famous horse race, featuring the best 3-year-olds in North America contesting the 1 1/4 mile trip under the shadow of the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs before a crowd of 155,804. Wet weather all day rendered the track sloppy, but the sky opened up and the sub came out just in time for the big race. Juvenile champion Lookin at Lucky was the 6-1 favorite off his 3rd place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, over 8-1 Super Saver, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby, and 9-1 Sidney's Candy, winner of the Santa Anita Derby. The rest of the field was at double digit odds but given how evenly matched the field was on paper going in, the longest shot on the board was Discreetly Mine at just 31-1.
Conveyance set a fast pace of 22.63, 46.16, and 1:10.58 while being stalked by Sidney's Candy a length back and to his outside. The pacesetters tired badly after 7/8 mile, allowing 25-1 Noble's Promise, who was 8th early, to move up to take the lead entering the stretch through 1 mile in 1:37.65. Super Saver, who saved ground the whole way, came out to pass Noble's Promise and drew off through the lane to win by 2 1/2 lengths over late-running Ice Box in 2:04.45. It was just a neck back to Paddy O'Prado third, while favorite Lookin at Lucky was roughed up at the start and bumped into the rail first time past the stands, which shuffled him back to 18th early. He came out 5 wide for the drive and passed tiring runners but the early trouble had left him with too much ground to make up, finishing 5th beaten 6 lengths at the line.