There are so many amazing sporting events to watch Saturday. There's Premier League and La Liga soccer in the morning, the NBA playoffs at night, the Floyd Mayweather fight sometime after that and the NHL playoffs.
It's going to be an amazing day.
Wait, what's that? I'm missing a key event taking place that day? Something about horse racing?
Oh, you're right—Saturday is Kentucky Derby day! And while the race is just two minutes long, there's in fact an entire day of coverage devoted to the event, because what is more American than that?
So get ready, all you horse-racing addicts, because I'm about to hit you in the face with some Derby info.
When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Churchill Downs
Post Time: Approximately 6:24 p.m. ET
|Derby Prep||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.||NBCSN; NBC Live Extra|
|Race Coverage||4 p.m. to 7 p.m.||NBC; NBC Live Extra|
The Field and Odds
|1||Vicar's In Trouble||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Mike Maker||Rosie Napravnik||20-1|
|2||Harry's Holiday||Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner||Mike Maker||Corey Lanerie||50-1|
|3||Uncle Sigh||Wounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. Robertson||Gary Contessa||Irad Ortiz Jr.||30-1|
|4||Danza||Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||8-1|
|5||California Chrome||Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin||Art Sherman||Victor Espinoza||5-2|
|6||Samraat||My Meadowview Farm||Rick Violette Jr.||Jose Ortiz||15-1|
|7||We Miss Artie||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||50-1|
|8||General A Rod||Starlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLC||Mike Maker||Joel Rosario||15-1|
|9||Vinceremos||WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing||Todd Pletcher||Joe Rococo Jr.||30-1|
|10||Wildcat Red||Honors Stable Corp.||Jose Garoffalo||Luis Saez||15-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLC||Peter Eurton||Corey Nakatani||20-1|
|13||Chitu||Tanma Corporation||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||20-1|
|14||Medal Count||Spendthrift Farm||Dale Romans||Robby Albarado||20-1|
|15||Tapiture||Winchell Thoroughbreds||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr.||12-1|
|16||Intense Holiday||Starlight Racing||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||8-1|
|17||Commanding Curve||West Point Thoroughbreds||Dallas Stewart||Shaun Bridgmohan||50-1|
|18||Candy Boy||C R K Stable LLC||John Sadler||Gary Stevens||15-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||Daniel J. Dougherty||William G. Gowan||Calvin Borel||15-1|
|20||Wicked Strong||Centennial Farms||James A. Jerkens||Rajiv Maragh||6-1|
|21||Pablo Del Monte (SCRATCHED)||21|
One Sentence On Every Horse
You've got places to go, people to see and mint juleps to drink, so I won't waste your time with overwrought analysis. Concise is the name of the game here, so let's get to it.
Vicar's In Trouble: This horse isn't going to survive his starting position, which put his already long odds of winning even further out of reach.
Harry's Holiday: The first of two horses with Holiday in his name—that's #Analysis right there, folks—Harry's Holiday will get buried to the rail and should be avoided by bettors.
Uncle Sigh: Not a bad horse by any stretch but with three superior horses and fast starters to the outside of him isn't going to get a great run in the Derby.
Danza: One of the true contenders to win this race after his Arkansas Derby triumph—and one of the best names to boot for all the Who's the Boss? fans—Danza should set the early pace and will need stamina to hold off the field late.
California Chrome: So confident is co-owner Steve Coburn that his horse and race favorite California Chrome will win, he told Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, "With a good break and a clean trip, I think it's a done deal."
Samraat: A strong horse that should be popular with bettors given his odds, Samraat has to get off strong and stick around the lead pack that will likely consist of Danza and California Chrome, among others.
We Miss Artie: This son of a turf specialist, Artie Schiller, is better on synthetics.
General A Rod: No, he isn't named after Alex Rodriguez (phew), but that good karma isn't going to help him overcome the longer distance at Churchill Downs.
Vinceremos: Let's put it this way—Todd Pletcher's best chance to win the Derby is Intense Holiday, not Vinceremos.
Wildcat Red: Not only does this sprinter have one of the best names in the race, he's a spirited competitor that generally gets the most of his talent (though stamina will be a concern).
Dance With Fate: A strong closer, Dance With Fate remains a much better runner on polytrack.
Chitu: A stalker with good speed, Chitu is an interesting dark-horse candidate, though Hoppertunity was always Bob Baffert's better chance at winning this Derby.
Medal Count: A strong closer, Medal Count needs to prove he can keep his kick on dirt, where he hasn't run as well.
Tapiture: His fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby was disappointing, but he's still capable of winning this race.
Intense Holiday: One of the primary challengers to California Chrome in this field, Intense Holiday needs to avoid getting trapped in the pack so he can make a strong late push.
Commanding Curve: If you are going to risk a super long shot to finish in the money, this horse has the closing speed to potentially be worth your gamble.
Candy Boy: A nice, versatile horse, Candy Boy doesn't quite have the talent to challenge the likes of California Chrome.
Ride On Curlin: With Calvin Borel on your back, anything is possible.
Wicked Strong: Said Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated:
Wicked Strong draws the 20. No problem. He closes and Big Brown won from out there.— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) April 30, 2014
(Okay, okay, that was more than one sentence. Cut me some slack, I almost stuck the landing.)