The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest events in sports every year, but before this year's race can begin, the horses will need to be given post positions during the official draw.
Riders, trainers and owners will be anxiously waiting to see where their horses will be lined up on draw day, as positioning can be a a crucial advantage for some and an obstacle for others.
Historically, some of the best posts have been first, fourth and fifth, as Bleacher Report's Carlos Torres noted that horses in those spots have won a combined 35 races since 1900.
Anything can happen at Churchill Downs, but the right draw can make a big difference.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the live stream and viewing information for draw day, followed by a preview of some of the top contenders entering the big race.
What: 2014 Kentucky Derby Draw
When: Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. ET
TV Info: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Note: Full viewing info for entire event can be found here.
Top Horses to Watch For
Heading into draw day, there's already a clear favorite to win the Derby in California Chrome. If he can continue to stay hot like he's been over the past few months, he should be near the front of the pack come race day.
California Chrome has been on fire lately, winning all four races in 2014. His latest win came at the Santa Anita Derby, burning past the rest of the group to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
Given his dominance, many horse racing fans are hoping that California Chrome can become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
According to Bill Dwyre from the Los Angeles Times, California Chrome may have a legitimate shot:
There is already talk that Chrome is the Triple Crown savior the sport thinks it needs and has gone without since Affirmed in 1978. Part of that is a horse lover's disease known as wishful thinking that becomes contagious each April. Another part is that this regal-looking chestnut really seems to have what it takes. And having what it takes to win three huge races in three states in five weeks is no small feat.
Just because California Chrome is the favorite right now doesn't mean he'll win the Derby, but it definitely looks like he has a better chance than most. If he can get the right post position, this might be his race to win.
Even though California Chrome is getting most of the attention heading into this race, he isn't the only horse that's coming into the Derby with some momentum.
Before April, Danza wasn't a hot contender to win at Churchill Downs. After a strong first-place finish at the Arkansas Derby, Danza is starting to generate quite a bit of buzz, as he finally looks ready to compete with some of the best horses in the world.
That didn't appear to be the case back in July, when the colt suffered a minor knee injury that kept him out of racing for nearly seven months.
Now, that knee injury doesn't seem to be a problem for Danza at all.
President of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, the owners of Danza, Aron Wellman feels confident that his horse has a legitimate shot.
“They know he’s legitimate,” he told U-T San Diego's Ed Zieralski. “They now view him as a very dangerous and scary contender for the Derby because no one knows what his ceiling might be.”
With legendary trainer Todd Pletcher on his side, Danza may be another contender to make a strong run. Danza is a strong finisher, and if he can stay near the front of the pack throughout the race, he may have a chance to pull away at the end.
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