The 2014 Kentucky Derby is nearly here, and with the post positions officially set, fans can now shift their attention towards the actual race on Saturday.
A few horses have already become big favorites to win, including California Chrome, a horse that's won his last four consecutive races. Still, when it comes to the Derby, anything is possible, as we've seen some surprising finishes in previous years.
With the Derby taking place on Saturday, let's take a look at the official post times, viewing information and some of the most interesting storylines for the race.
Date: Saturday, May 3
When: Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET
Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Art Sherman Returns to Kentucky Derby After 59 Years
It's been a long time since trainer Art Sherman has brought a horse to Churchill Downs, but it'll be worth the wait if he can come away with a win.
While he hasn't been to the Derby in 59 years, Sherman has still been a successful trainer over the years. According to Ed McNamara from Newsday, Sherman has produced over 2,100 winners since 1979.
Now Sherman will be heading to the Derby with the heavy favorite to win in California Chrome. The colt has been on a tear, winning each of his last four races, including most recently at the Santa Anita Derby, where he won by 5 1/4 lengths. Sherman told Newsday about training California Chrome:
It's been a great experience. A young horse comes to you and you have no idea he'll become the horse he is right now. I've never gotten so much publicity in my life. I haven't been on a horse in at least 10 years, but I told Victor that if he keeps winning by that far, I might take my license back out.
Chrome is the favorite, but that doesn't guarantee a victory. According to Jim Chairusmi from The Wall Street Journal, only five favorites have won the Derby since 1980, although one of those came just last year when Orb was able to come away with the victory.
Still, with how dominant his horse has been, Sherman has to be pretty excited to be back at Churchill Downs.
Rosie Napravnik Attempting to Make History Again
One of the biggest stories from last year's race was Rosie Napravnik, the female jockey who was searching to become the first ever woman to win the Kentucky Derby. She gave a strong effort, riding Mylute to a fifth-place finish, but now she's looking for more.
This year, Napravnik will be riding Vicar's In Trouble. The colt has had a strong start to his racing career, winning three times and finishing in the money in all five races. He'll have some momentum heading into this race as well, winning the Louisiana Derby in his last race.
Unfortunately, it's going to be an uphill battle for Napravnik and her horse. Vicar's In Trouble got the No. 1 post during Wednesday's draw, which means that he'll be coming out of the gate right by the rail, and that will make it hard for him if he can't get into a good position before the first turn.
Marcus Hersh from Daily Racing Form doesn't feel too confident about Napravnik's odds either.
This will be the first time Vicar's In Trouble competes in a Grade 1 race, but if Napravnik can get her horse into an early lead, she may have a shot to make Derby history.
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