The excitement is building for the event known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports." The 140th Kentucky Derby is less than 24 hours away.
The distance of the legendary Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky, is 1 1/4 miles.
The winner of the race will net a handsome first-place prize of $2,202,800 per The Boston Globe. The field has shrunk to 19 with the withdrawals of Hoppertunity and Pablo Del Monte.
BREAKING NEWS: AE #21 Pablo Del Monte scratches from #KyDerby. Field of 19 set for Saturday's 140th running.— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 2, 2014
Trainer Bob Baffert reports Hoppertunity (left front hoof) will bypass Saturday's #KyDerby & will be examined later today in Lexington.— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 1, 2014
Here's the information needed to take in the historic event.
Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
When: Saturday, May 3 at 6:24 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Here's a few other bits of information about the event.
California Chrome Is the Clear Favorite
Per The Boston Globe, California Chrome is listed as a 5-2 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
It's no mystery how the horse has become the one to beat this weekend. He has won his last four starts.
Though the horse is riding high at the moment, the progress toward the threshold of history hasn't been textbook.
The horse's owners, who are almost as new to racing as their star 3-year-old colt, named their two-man venture "Dumb Ass Partners," a sarcastic nod to those who thought they were clueless. Their purple and green racing silks sport the image of a male donkey.
Despite his humble beginnings, California Chrome has emerged.
If he does indeed win, he'll become one of the more intriguing Triple Crown stories heading into the Preakness Stakes.
Todd Pletcher Has a Lot of Horses in this Race
The popular Texan has four horses in the 2014 Kentucky Derby field. Danza, Vinceremos, Intense Holiday and We Miss Artie collectively make up more than 20 percent of the field.
Intense Holiday is the only one of Pletcher's horses with remotely attractive odds at 8-1.
Still, it's easy to see how at least one of Pletcher's horses could impact the bottom line. Be it by pressuring one of the contenders inside or impeding the progress of a horse looking to make a move, Pletcher's foursome figures to be a factor.