If the 2014 Kentucky Derby produces as much excitement as the days leading up to the prestigious race, we're in for a treat.
After the post positions were announced on Wednesday, the field and odds were set for this year's Run for the Roses—or so we thought.
On Thursday, one of the race's favorites Hoppertunity pulled out due to a left foot issue. This shifted post positions and odds while adding Pablo Del Monte to the field.
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
The changes wouldn't stop there.
Pablo Del Monte's owners decided to withdraw the horse from the race on Friday, narrowing the field to 19 and shifting post positions and odds once more.
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
Finally, we have the overall picture (hopefully) of what the Kentucky Derby's lineup will look like at post time, according to The Baltimore Sun:
|2||Vicar's In Trouble||20-1|
|8||We Miss Artie||50-1|
|9||General A Rod||15-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||20-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||15-1|
A huge determining factor in how the 2014 Kentucky Derby will play out is the weather at Churchill Downs.
Unlike last year, we should see a dry track and clear skies during the race.
According to The Weather Channel, Louisville is poised for 74-degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies on Saturday with only a 10 percent chance of rain.
This is welcomed news, indeed.
All that's left now is to ensure not a moment of the action is missed from wherever you may be when this prestigious race ensues.
Let's break down the complete schedule for this year's race.
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
With a tremendously strong field and plenty of horses with a legitimate chance to don the garland of roses at the race's conclusion, you certainly have every reason to watch.
This year's Kentucky Derby promises to be one for the ages.