The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby promises to be yet another hotly contested version of the most exciting two minutes in sports at Churchill Downs.
Goldencents and Revolutionary have emerged as the co-favorites, but right on their heels are Orb and Normandy Invasion, along with a plethora of other talented thoroughbreds. This Run for the Roses will truly be special, so you won't want to miss any of the action.
Below is a listing of all the television information in case you want to catch the undercard races early in the day, check out the pre-Derby hype or even stick around for some analysis afterwards.
Note: All information and odds, unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com.
When: Saturday, May 4
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
Post Time: Approximately 6:24 p.m. ET
TV Coverage Listings (All Times ET)
Derby Prep: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
The 139 Kentucky Derby: 4-7 p.m. on NBC
Kentucky Derby Post Show: 7-7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
|1||Black Onyx ||— ||Kelly Breen ||Scratched|
|2||Oxbow ||Gary Stevens ||D. Wayne Lukas ||24-1|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher ||5-1|
|4||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||32-1|
|5||Normandy Invasion ||Javier Castellano ||Chad Brown ||8-1|
|6||Mylute ||Rosie Napravnik ||Tom Amoss ||14-1|
|7||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza||Anthony W. Dutrow||43-1|
|8||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill||5-1|
|9||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||15-1|
|10||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||23-1|
|11||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien||43-1|
|12||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Eddie Plesa, Jr.||11-1|
|13||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova II||48-1|
|14||Verrazano ||John R. Velazquez ||Todd Pletcher ||11-1|
|15||Charming Kitten ||Edgar Prado ||Todd Pletcher ||32-1|
|16||Orb||Joel Rosario ||Claude R. McGaughey III ||6-1|
|17||Will Take Charge||Jon Court ||D. Wayne Lukas ||30-1|
|18||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Ken McPeek ||14-1|
|19||Java's War||Julien Leparoux||Ken McPeek||25-1|
|20||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez ||Rudy Rodriguez ||46-1|
Most Interesting Storylines Amongst Contenders
There almost isn't enough room to cram in the intrigue surrounding this lighting-fast colt, who would make the most history at once with a victory.
Trainer Doug O'Neill is looking to become just the seventh in history to have back-to-back wins in the first leg of the Triple Crown. As respectable of an achievement as that would be, it may be the least-publicized development to watch in Goldencents' bid.
Kevin Krigger is vying to become the first black jockey to triumph in the Derby since 1902, and he is only the second of his race to ride since 1921.
Guaranteed to attract attention is the fact that Louisville Cardinals basketball head coach Rick Pitino owns five percent of Goldencents. That's widely known, but will still be one of the most frequently mentioned characteristics of this strong racing team—despite rather minimal involvement from Pitino.
Hometown sentimentality will likely play a role in making Goldencents a crowd favorite, and the recent champion of the Santa Anita Derby should be prepared to thrive no matter what conditions are like.
Normandy Invasion (8-1)
Horse owner Rick Porter invited four World War II veterans who were at the actual Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944, as reported by the USA Today's Gary Mihoces.
Porter then discussed the reasoning behind the name in Mihoces' report:
We name a lot of horses after patriotic things. And when I went to Normandy in 1994, which was the 50th anniversary, we spent three days there. I was blown away by everything, and they were memories I'll never forget.
It was a classy gesture to invite the four brave men, and it should be covered rather well. Considering how fast Normandy Invasion the horse is, the trip could prove to be extra special for the unique invitees.
Odds on this swift three-year-old dropped from 12-1 to 8-1 on Friday–and for good reason. The speed he showcased at the end of the Wood Memorial Stakes was almost good enough to beat pre-Kentucky Derby favorite Verrazano.
Now, the original horse to beat is looking up at Normandy Invasion with respect to his chances of claiming the roses. There's plenty of substance to that, as Javier Castellano is the leading money winner amongst jockeys in 2013 and is desperately seeking his maiden victory in this marquee race.
The same goes for trainer Chad Brown, and there's plenty of reason to think it could happen.
He's perhaps a bit more of an outside shot, but Mylute nevertheless has the speed and the jockey to make a strong bid for the roses.
Rosie Napravnik already holds the highest finish in Kentucky Derby history by a woman—a ninth-place effort in 2011 when she mounted Pants on Fire. After winning the Kentucky Oaks last year, she is once again ready to return to the bigger event in Churchill Downs.
Mylute's pedigree works in his favor, too, as legendary Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert trained his sire, Midnight Lute, and said he was the best thoroughbred he'd ever worked with.
That's extremely significant coming from someone of Baffert's standing in the industry. Along with 11-1 Verrazano, Mylute is the perfect middle-of-the-pack bet if the odds remain the same.
Plus, it's going to be captivating to see of Napravnik can be the first woman to make it to the winners circle in the Derby's illustrious history.