Kentucky Derby Post Time: When and Where to Watch the Action This Saturday

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Kentucky Derby Post Time: When and Where to Watch the Action This Saturday
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The 2013 Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest events in the United States each year, and the tradition that surrounds the 139th running of the annual horse race makes this a special occasion for all Americans.

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The focus is now on the post time and when the fans will be expecting the start of the race.

Since the Derby is known as the fastest two minutes in sports, it’s imperative that casual and hardcore racing fans don’t miss a second of this action.

This is where and when the fanciest sporting event in the United States will take place this weekend.

All betting information via Bovada and all stats courtesy of Horse Racing Nation.

 

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.

When: Saturday, May 4

Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET

Purse: $2.18 million

TV: NBC

Live stream: NBC Sports

 

 

Post Positions and Complete Field (as of 5/2)

Post No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

Black Onyx

Kelly Breen

Joe Bravo

30-1

2

Oxbow

D. Wayne Lukas

Gary Stevens

25-1

3

Revolutionary

Todd Pletcher

Calvin Borel

8-1

4

Golden Soul

Dallas Stewart

Robby Albarado

50-1

5

Normandy Invasion

Chad Brown

Javier Castellano

10-1

6

Mylute

Tom Amoss

Rosie Napravnik

20-1

7

Giant Finish

Anthony W. Dutrow

Jose L. Espinoza

50-1

8

Goldencents

Doug O'Neill

Kevin Krigger

8-1

9

Overanalyze

Todd Pletcher

Rafael Bejarano

12-1

10

Palace Malice

Eddie Plesa, Jr. Todd Pletcher

Mike Smith

25-1

11

Lines of Battle

Aidan O’Brien

Ryan Moore

30-1

12

Itsmyluckyday

Eddie Plesa, Jr.

Elvis Trujillo

15-1

13

Falling Sky

John Terranova II

Gabriel Saez

50-1

14

Verrazano

Todd Pletcher

John R. Velazquez

5-1

15

Charming Kitten

Todd Pletcher

Edgar Prado

30-1

16

Orb

Claude R. McGaughey III

Joel Rosario

5-1

17

Will Take Charge

D. Wayne Lukas

Jon Court

20-1

18

Frac Daddy

Kenny McPeek

Victor Lebron

30-1

19

Java’s War

Kenny McPeek

Julien Leparoux

15-1

20

Vyjack

Rudy Rodriguez

Garrett Gomez

18-1

 

Race Prediction


Win: Verrazano

While Verrazano comes into this event as one of the favorites to win (5-1), this is the kind of horse that could go on to win the entire Triple Crown. Do not be scared off by the hype around this horse because it’s well deserved.

Todd Pletcher
Verrazano has the speed out of the gate and the endurance to win the Derby, and coupled with the fact that the horse comes into the event undefeated—including a huge win at the Wood Memorial—makes the Todd Pletcher-trained horse a serious threat.

As great as it is to have a legendary trainer like Pletcher in the horse’s corner, the fact that he will be slotted in the 14th post is a tough omen.

Verrazano and jockey John R. Velazquez must start fast and get out front early.

 

Place: Overanalyze

As if the aura around Pletcher as a star of the sport wasn’t enough, the fact that Overanalyze is a serious contender for the win on top of Verrazano is a testament to what this man is capable of doing with a race horse.

Overanalyze is a legitimate threat Saturday, and while mired in the ninth post position—starting in the middle of the 20-horse field—this colt has proven on tracks of similar length that it can win.

Not only did Overanalyze win the Arkansas Derby in April, his four career wins prove that this is the kind of horse that could be a real threat to get a great start, find the right line and shock his way all the way to a victory.

 

Show: Oxbow

Oxbow is one of the stronger horses in this field, but the inability to win a big race at a length comparable to the Kentucky Derby has many questioning his stamina when it comes to running the 1 1/4 miles of Churchill Downs.

Gary Stevens
This horse is nothing to scoff at, though, as it still has four-time Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas handling him and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens jumping back in the mix to ride this underdog.

With stamina being a possible issue, the fact that Oxbow got the No. 2 post position and has a good chance of gaining the inside lane was a blessing.

If the horse can start the race fast and take the rail early, there is a chance the can hold on for a win, but more likely would stay in the mix to finish a respectable third.

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