Kentucky Derby 2017: Full Race Schedule, Start Time For Saturday Events

McCraken is listed at 5-1, and will break from the No. 15 hole where American Pharoah won two years ago. The Kentucky Derby is popularly known in the United States as "the fastest two minutes in sports".

Classic Empire is the third Arkansas Derby victor since 2012 to be made the Kentucky Derby program favorite.

Favorites have won the last four editions and all four since a points system was put in place to qualify for the field, promoting horses who are running well and running long distances in the spring of their 3-year-old seasons. "If people are looking for which horse to pick, I'm looking at horses that have been on the improve or have had some issues coming into the Derby". We've had great fortune with multiple Horses of the Year and the other classic victories that we've had, the Eclipse Awards and the Hall of Fame.

And the Godolphin Stable of Shiekh Mohammed takes another tilt at the Kentucky Derby - where they are 0-for-10 - with UAE Derby-winner THUNDER SNOW.

Gunnevera (15-1): Won Fountain of Youth, 2nd in Holy Bull, 3rd in Florida Derby; six of nine career starts at Gulfstream.

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McCraken, also 5-1, will break from the No. 5 post, while fourth choice Irish War Cry (6-1), the victor of the Wood Memorial in NY, will try to become the first horse to win the Derby from the No. 17 post.

With the 143rd Kentucky Derby scheduled for May 6, 2017; excitement is at an all-time high!

■ Girvin, the Louisiana Derby victor, has been galloping in the equivalent of orthopedic shoes for the last two weeks. It's the first time the historic farm, which once produced Triple Crown winners Whirlaway and Citation, will enter three horses in the starting gate of the Derby.

TV Channel: NBC is airing the Kentucky Derby and their extended coverage spans from 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 pm.

But the recent winning streak for Churchill Downs has little to do with people getting dressed up in fancy hats, drinking mint juleps and singing "My Old Kentucky Home" in Louisville.

Tapwrit has worked well leading to the Derby. The scramble was on to offer odds on the horses if they do indeed need to race on a muddy track.

Good luck in however you wager on the Kentucky Derby! So will the track be a muddy mess or will it be in good condition by post time?

The second is that the rain could end well before the Derby on Saturday. Regardless, with the rain falling outside the barn of Classic Empire, the 4-1 morning-line favorite, assistant trainer Mark Casse expressed the feelings of most.

As it turns out, Patch is not the first visually impaired colt to run for Pletcher at the Derby.

"We weren't winning the battle, so we sent him to a clinic in Saratoga and they continued to try and medicate it and do whatever they could for another week, and eventually, unfortunately, we couldn't save the eye", Pletcher said. Paradise Woods, who won the Santa Anita Oaks by a whopping 11 3/4 lengths, is the morning line favorite.

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