Kentucky Derby Post Time 2013: When to Catch Thrilling Action from Louisville

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  A race fan wearing a festive hat attends the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jamey Price/Getty Images)
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Millions of people around the country are anticipating the start of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Tens of thousands more at Churchill Downs will battle through anticipated rain showers while they await the post time of the 139th annual Run for the Roses.

Coverage is set to begin on NBC at 4 p.m. (ET), but there will be plenty of time to relax and take in the Southern charm before the race’s 6:24 p.m. post time.

There are several intriguing storylines this year to go along with this race’s usual drama and intrigue. We’ll take a look at some of those below, along with an overview detailing the post time and post positions of the 19-horse field.

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.

When: Saturday, May 4

Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET

Purse: $2.18 million


Live stream: NBC Sports

Post Positions (as of 5/4)

Post No. Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Black Onyx Kelly Breen Joe Bravo SCR
2 Oxbow D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens 22-1
3 Revolutionary Todd Pletcher Calvin Borel 5-1
4 Golden Soul Dallas Stewart Robby Albarado 30-1
5 Normandy Invasion Chad Brown JavierCastellano 7-1
6 Mylute Tom Amoss RosieNapravnik 13-1
7 Giant Finish Anthony W. Dutrow Jose L. Espinoza 38-1
8 Goldencents Doug O'Neill Kevin Krigger 6-1
9 Overanalyze Todd Pletcher Rafael Bejarano 14-1
10 Palace Malice Eddie Plesa, Jr. ToddPletcher Mike Smith 24-1
11 Lines of Battle Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 33-1
12 Itsmyluckyday Eddie Plesa, Jr. Elvis Trujillo 9-1
13 Falling Sky John Terranova II Gabriel Saez 37-1
14 Verrazano Todd Pletcher John R. Velazquez 9-1
15 Charming Kitten Todd Pletcher Edgar Prado 29-1
16 Orb Claude R. McGaughey III Joel Rosario 7-1
17 Will Take Charge D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 30-1
18 Frac Daddy Kenny McPeek Victor Lebron 23-1
19 Java’s War Kenny McPeek Julien Leparoux 23-1
20 Vyjack Rudy Rodriguez Garrett Gomez


Top Storylines

Verrazano Attempting to Remain Unbeaten

Todd Pletcher has more than one horse in this race—literally. He boasts a record-tying five entries in 2013. While that doesn’t guarantee success, Pletcher has to like his chances with undefeated Verrazano among his best horses.

Despite anticipation for the 4-0 colt, he never raced as a two-year-old. A horse has not won at Churchill Downs without that experience since Apollo did it in 1882.

The strong and gifted horse will have the advantage of having Hall of Famer John Velazquez on the saddle. Will we see history in Louisville? 

Rick Pitino’s Stake in the Race

Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is a local celebrity after winning national championships at both Kentucky (1996) and Louisville (2013). He won’t be jusst a spectator at Saturday night’s race, as he holds an ownership in the Doug O’Neil-trained Goldencents.

O’Neil won last year after pegging unknown jockey Mario Gutierrez to saddle I’ll Have Another. It worked, and he will rely on that strategy again this year.

Jockey Kevin Krigger has been tagged to ride Goldencents. He will attempt to become the first African American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since 1902. 

Shug McGaughey III Seeks First Derby Win

Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey III is a Hall of Fame horse trainer who can’t seem to find a way to get a win at Churchill Downs’ biggest race.

McGaughey is second in Breeders Cup wins (10) among all trainers and has won every major stake in New York, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.

Will this be the year that the 63-year-old finally takes home the horse racing world’s biggest prize?

*All betting information via Live Odds (current as of 12:30 p.m. ET).


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