Millions of Americans looking for their once-a-year adrenaline fix of horse racing tune in on that first Saturday in May to watch the drama unfold beneath the shadow of Churchill Downs' iconic twin spires.
The Kentucky Derby is the one race every year guaranteed to hold the country in thrall. The one race guaranteed to stop a nation.
But for those unfamiliar with the whys and wherefores of the racing world, the world of the betting jungle can seem a daunting habitat.
So if you're one of the people who think that a trifecta is a three-legged insect and a show is simply a Broadway production, here's a betting 101 tutorial, analysis of the favorites and the dark horses for this Saturday's race.
Odds current as of Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. ET (via KentuckyDerby.com).