The 2015 Kentucky Derby will be run on May 2, 2015 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the horses running in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
The horses that run in the first five spots will all receive prize money in 2015. Collectively, the prize money for the 2015 Kentucky Derby will be $2.204 million if 20 horses start the race which is almost guaranteed to happen this year. That is up 1.2% over the $2.178 million that was up for grabs in 2014.
The Kentucky Derby prize money breaks down with $2 million guaranteed and the remainder comes from the entry fees paid by the owners for the race.
In horse racing, trainers generally get 10% of the winnings for their horses (some get a little more). Jockeys generally get 10% of a purse if their mount wins a race and 5% of the purse for second through fifth.
Trainers charge daily fees to cover food and other costs associated with race horses, and jockeys get paid fees (usually up to $100 per race) just for riding in a race even if their horse earns no money. Jockeys probably get something like $200 for riding in the Kentucky Derby if their horse finishes out of the money.
In horse racing, never feel sorry for the trainers or jockeys as far as money goes. It’s the owners who shell out all the money and most owners generally lose money with race horses, while trainers and jockeys generally make excellent livings (the jockeys do take huge physical risks).
Horse racing prize money up for grabs for the 2015 Kentucky Derby
- Winner – $1.444 million
The winning horse in the 2015 Kentucky Derby will earn a cool $1.444 million for his owner, trainer and jockey. Up 1.8% over the $1.418 million earned by California Chrome when he won the Kentucky Derby last year.
- Second place – $400,000
Finishing second in the 2015 Kentucky Derby is worth $400,000. The same amount won by Commanding Curve when he ran second last year.
- Third place – $200,000
Third place is worth $200,000. The same amount won by Danza when he finished second last year in the Kentucky Derby.
- Fourth place – $100,000
Same amount won by Wicked Strong when he ran fourth last year.
- Fifth place – $60,000
Same amount won by Samraat when he ran fifth last year in the Kentucky Derby.