After months of preparation, the Kentucky Derby is finally here.
There’s plenty to watch for on Saturday at Churchill Downs, and it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re trying to watch it. There are plenty of exciting storylines and impressive horses to watch for, and the winner will have the whole world watching to see if he can win the Triple Crown.
Here’s where you can catch the event on Saturday, as well as some info on what to watch for.
Kentucky Derby 2013 TV Schedule
Coverage begins Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC
Top Horses to Watch For
Orb (7-2 odds)
The favorite at Churchill Downs has the best odds for a reason. Orb has won his previous four races, with the last win coming in late March at the Florida Derby.
Hitting your stride heading into the first leg of the Triple Crown is always a big factor in pulling out a title, but having a good trainer is just as important. Orb has Claude McGaughey on his side, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
The likely chance of rain means that Orb could thrive even more on an off track. Orb has been bred to thrive in the muddy conditions, and that could help quite a bit.
Verrazano (4-1) odds
When the horse has yet to lose heading into the Kentucky Derby, chances are that the odds are going to be pretty high.
That’s certainly the case for Verrazano, who has won his first four career races. The last win came just around a month ago at Wood Memorial.
Starting in the No. 14 gate will help Verrazano out quite a bit. He will get a bit more space coming out of the gate, and that can be a big advantage in the crucial starting strides.
Will the undefeated streak continue? Verrazano certainly has the chance to do so. The rain may make an impact on the race, but another win would make this young colt one of the more exciting horses in recent memory.
Goldencents (5-1 odds)
He may be best-known for being owned in part by Rick Pitino, but Goldencents has his own reputation in the horse racing world as an impressive horse with a serious shot at winning on Saturday.
Goldencents has had a pretty solid start to his career. In his first six races, he’s had four wins, one second and one fourth. He certainly knows what it takes to win, but winning on a bigger stage like the Kentucky Derby is another thing all its own.
Doug O’Neill will be trying to make history as he attempts to win his second straight Kentucky Derby after training I’ll Have Another back in 2012. If he can do that, then there will be plenty to talk about with Goldencents taking home the title.
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