The Kentucky Derby is mostly about the horses and how the winner then is perceived as a threat to become the next Triple Crown winner.
But the horse needs help to achieve this. No horse has ever been declared a winner of a race without a jockey aboard. The jockey and the horse team up on the track to execute the plan set forth to win the race.
It's true that the trainer and his crew are responsible for the preparation of the horse toward a race. But once on the track for a race, it's the jockey who is responsible for guiding the horse to victory.
This of course, barring unforeseen circumstances like a bobbled start or an in-race injury to the horse, it's the jockey's abilities that will play the most influential part in the outcome of the race.
The high profile and importance of the Kentucky Derby makes most of the trainers and owners seek those experienced, elite jockeys to ride their horses in the most important event.
It's not a guarantee that this will secure a win, but those abilities are at a premium price and you want the best riding in the most important event in an American thoroughbred horse's career.
Let's take a look at which jockeys will have the biggest impact in this Saturday's "Run for the Roses."