The biggest moment on the horse racing calendar is finally upon us as people get ready for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
The first leg of the Triple Crown will take place on May 4, when a number of impressive horses will introduce themselves to the common fans around the world.
Of course, each contender has already shown in past performances that it can compete and possibly win the biggest race of the year.
Here is a look at the horses with the best odds to win the prestigious event, with full odds listed at the bottom.
Note: All odds courtesy of Bovada.com as of April 29. All photos courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com.
In four career races, Verrazano is yet to be challenged, as it has won each race convincingly. These showings, combined with the success of his racing team, make him a top competitor for the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Todd Pletcher led Super Saver to a win at Churchill Downs in 2010, while jockey John Velazquez won this race in 2011 on Animal Kingdom.
The lack of experience has some concerned about the ability to win a big-time race, but the success is not debatable. Everyone involved knows what it takes to win, and the pure speed of the horse makes it tough to bet on anyone else.
After a pedestrian start to Orb's career, the horse has come on strong lately and has as good of a chance as anyone to contend for first place in the Kentucky Derby.
The challenger has won four races in a row, including all three events in 2013. Most recently, the three-year-old horse took first in the Florida Derby over fellow competitor Itsmyluckyday.
Although trainer Claude R. McGaughey III has never been a contender at Churchill Downs, he has led horses to plenty of other victories over his long career, including at the Breeders' Cup and Belmont Stakes.
If Orb is close to the front of the pack during the final turn of the Kentucky Derby, it has the closing speed to catch up to the leader and leave with a win.
Few competitors in this field have accomplished more already than Goldencents.
The horse earned its owners a nice payday by winning the Santa Anita Derby, which netted $450,000 plus 100 points to the Kentucky Derby.
In addition, Goldencents has three more victories since the beginning of 2012 and has been quite impressive in almost every race it has entered.
Doug O'Neill is coming off a huge year when he trained I'll Have Another to wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. If not for a late injury, fans could have seen the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
His experience will come in handy as he looks to defend his title with a talented horse in Goldencents.
Latest Odds (courtesy of Bovada)
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