Kentucky Derby Start Time: Critical Information for Race at Churchill Downs

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 30, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Goldencents trained by Doug O'Neill waits to go onto the track during the morning training in preperation for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend as the world turns its attention to horses and mint juleps. The first leg of the Triple Crown sets the stage for the two remaining big races of the year: the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. 

Here is a breakdown of the critical information you need for the anticipated race:


Complete Kentucky Derby Week Television Schedule (via

The 139th Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 4 4-7 p.m. ET NBC
Derby Classics Wednesday, May 1 4-5 p.m. ET NBCSN
Draw Wednesday, May 1 5-6 p.m. ET NBCSN
Derby Classics Thursday, May 2  4-5 p.m. ET NBCSN
Derby Access Thursday, May 2  5-6 p.m. ET NBCSN
Derby Classics Friday, May 3 4-5 p.m. ET NBCSN
Kentucky Oaks Friday, May 3 5-6 p.m. ET NBCSN
Derby Prep Saturday, May 4 11-4 p.m. ET NBCSN
Derby Post Saturday, May 4 7-7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN


Favorites (All odds via as of April 30)

Heading to the finals days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the favorites are Verrazano (7/2), Orb (5/1), Goldencents (7/1) and Revolutionary (7/1). The last time the overall favorite won the race was in 2008 when Big Brown took the crown. 

While Verrazano is the favorite as of the 30th, Orb has gained traction with strong results in the pre-race workouts. It woudn't be shocking to see Orb take over the favorite role sometime before the start of the race. 


Key Storylines

Kevin Krigger Looking to Make History as African-American Jockey

The last time an African-American jockey rode the winning horse at the Kentucky Derby was in 1902 when Jimmy Winkfield completed the feat for the second straight year. Since 1921, there has only been one African-American to compete. 

Krigger has a strong chance to have success in the race with Goldencents, which is owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Winning the race would be a great feat for Krigger, who grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a dream of riding the Kentucky Derby winner


Todd Pletcher's Somewhat Dominance

Assuming 20 horses race, trainer Todd Pletcher will have 25 percent of the field. including the favorite Verrazano. In addition to his ace, Pletcher will also have Revolutionary, Overanalyze, Palace Malice and Charming Kitten. With Verrazano and Revolutionary among the top contenders, Pletcher will be looking to win his second Derby. 

Throughout his career, Pletcher's horses have a combined record of 1-31. He's had plenty of good horses, but they've come up short when it mattered most. While Pletcher will have at least four losses regardless, he just wants to see that first number jump to two. 


Rosie Napravnik Looking to Make History as Well

No woman has ever won the Kentucky Derby, but Rosie Napravnik will be looking to chance that in the 139th edition of the Derby. Napravnik currently has the highest finish for a woman the race when she finished ninth in 2011 with Pants on Fire. 

In this race, Napravnik will be riding Mylute. The horse enters the race ranked 15th on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 42 points. Mylute hasn't had the most success leading up the race, but is capable of pushing through to victory with a splendid blend of speed and power.