The wait is nearly over.
On Saturday, the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
This year's edition of the first leg of the US Triple Crown features a field that is without a clear No. 1 favorite, as both Verrazano and Orb are pegged (via Yahoo! Sports) to be the top contenders for the title at 4-1 odds.
But there are a number of other horses who appear capable of coming away with a victory on Saturday, in what should be one of the most exciting Kentucky Derby races in recent memory.
It's also worth mentioning that, as of Friday morning, Black Onyx has been scratched (via USAToday.com), and the field for the Derby will remain at 19.
Here's a look at the post positions and TV schedule in preparation for Saturday's race.
TV Schedule (all times E.T.)
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Pre-Race Coverage: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (check local listings)
Race Coverage: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on NBC
Post-Race Coverage: 7 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (check local listings)
Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET
|1||Black Onyx ||Joe Bravo ||Kelly Breen ||50-1|
|2||Oxbow ||Gary Stevens ||D. Wayne Lukas ||30-1|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher ||10-1|
|4||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||50-1|
|5||Normandy Invasion ||Javier Castellano ||Chad Brown ||12-1|
Mylute ||Rosie Napravnik ||Tom Amoss ||15-1|
|7||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza||Anthony W. Dutrow||50-1|
|8||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill||5-1|
|9||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||15-1|
|10||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||20-1|
|11||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien||30-1|
|12||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Eddie Plesa Jr.||15-1|
|13||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova II||50-1|
Verrazano ||John R. Velazquez ||Todd Pletcher ||4-1|
|15||Charming Kitten ||Edgar Prado ||Todd Pletcher ||20-1|
|16||Orb||Joel Rosario ||Claude R. McGaughey III ||7-2|
|17||Will Take Charge||Jon Court ||D. Wayne Lukas ||20-1|
|18||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Kenny McPeek ||50-1|
|19||Java's War||Julien Leparoux||Kenny McPeek||15-1|
|20||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez ||Rudy Rodriguez ||
*Odds via KentuckyDerby.com, current as of Thursday, May 2 at 7 a.m. ET