As if breaking down an intriguing Kentucky Derby didn’t require enough handicapping firepower, Churchill Downs unveiled its wagering menu for Derby weekend.

Churchill Downs wagering menu
Churchill Downs has horseplayers covered across the gate with a smorgasbord of betting options for Kentucky Oaks/Derby week. (Image: Coady Photography)

Headlining Derby weekend is a mandatory payout in the Derby City 6. That jackpot-style Pick 6 requires a bettor to hold the only winning combination of the six designated races. Carrying a low 15% takeout, the Derby City Pick 6 pays 90% of the pool to multiple horseplayers nailing the six races.

Should multiple players hit the six races, 10% carries over to the next day. The entire pool carries over if nobody picks six winners.

The popular Oaks/Derby Pick 6 returns, putting the spotlight on the stacked stakes schedule for Oaks Friday and Derby Saturday. Your $2 minimum bet requires you to hit six stakes races spread out over Friday and Saturday’s races. Friday’s races are the Grade 1 La Troienne and the featured Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

Four Grade 1s on Derby Saturday wagering menu

Saturday’s Oaks/Derby Pick 6 races are the Grade 1 Derby City Distaff, the Grade 1 Churchill Downs, the Grade 1 Turf Classic and the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.

Should you want to tackle fewer races, Churchill Downs’ wagering menu offers four Pick 5 and four Pick 4 wagers. The third Pick 5 and third Pick 4 in the sequence offer an all-stakes slate ending with the Kentucky Derby.

The tricky, yet often-lucrative, superfectas carry $1 minimums for Oaks and Derby days. They revert to the 10-cent minimum for the rest of Churchill Downs’ 38-day spring meet.

Churchill Downs’ spring meet opened this weekend. Friday and Saturday’s cards present six Grade 1s, capped by the Oaks on Friday and the Derby on Saturday.

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