The field is set, the post positions have been announced, and the track at Churchill Downs is being prepared.
All that's left to do is grab a mint julep, kick back and watch the prestigious 2014 Kentucky Derby unfold.
The 140th Run for the Roses promises to be an exhilarating, breathtaking spectacle. This year features an extremely strong field, and the unveiling of post positions has only increased the level of anxiety leading into the race.
That said, not a single moment of the action should be missed.
Let's take a look at the full viewing information, post positions and updated odds as the field of contenders prepares for this illustrious race at Churchill Downs.
When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
Event Time: 4 p.m. ET
Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Post Positions and Odds
|2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Odds|
|1||Vicar's In Trouble||30-1|
|7||We Miss Artie||50-1|
|8||General A Rod||15-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||20-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||15-1|
Vicar's In Trouble may indeed be in trouble after receiving the first position. No one wanted to be against the rail, but someone had to draw the spot.
During an interview with Darren Rogers of KentuckyDerby.com, trainer Mike Maker tried to make light of the situation:
"I know we didn't have much choice, but I don't have to walk too far to saddle the horses, and maybe our riders will be friendly and give each other enough space. Hopefully, we get a good break out of Vicar like we usually do, and we get a good position pretty early."
Vicar will certainly need a fast break, or the horse risks getting pinned against the rail and falling out of position very early in the race.
Favorite California Chrome drew the fifth position, and according to Rogers, trainer Art Sherman doesn't feel any pressure from that position:
"I like it fine. Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) says he likes it. Says he won the Kentucky Derby from the five (on War Emblem in 2002). I'm happy and I feel no pressure."
This horse has been absolutely dominant recently, and Espinoza's experience in the fifth position works into the horse's favor. California Chrome will continue to be the race's biggest threat.
Wicked Strong drew the far outside post for the Kentucky Derby at the 20th position. There are ups and downs for this spot.
One positive is a head-strong horse like Wicked Strong doesn't need to remain in the gate for too long. Avoiding early traffic is also a fine quality of this starting position. However, coming from so far outside is a daunting task for any horse.
Rogers spoke with trainer James Jerkin, who didn't exactly seem comfortable after the draw:
"It might be that speed is quick and they get to rolling in a clump and he can draft in behind them and it'll work out OK. The one positive is that he's not in the gate very long. I'm trying to convince myself that it's not a bad post, but I don't know if I can."
No matter which horse is your favorite—for betting purposes or other—this legendary race is certainly set up to be one for the ages.
You won't want to miss a moment of this year's Run for the Roses.