Horse racing's biggest day of the year has finally arrived. The 2014 Kentucky Derby is upon us with a slightly altered field that has gone from 20 to 19 due to a couple of injuries, but all eyes will be focused on the overwhelming favorite.
California Chrome has been the darling of horse racing this season, winning his last four races by a staggering 24 1/4 lengths. The Santa Anita Derby winner is looking to become the first Kentucky Derby winner from the state of California since Decidedly in 1962.
The competition has weakened in the lead-up to the Derby. Hoppertunity, who had the second-best odds, was taken out of the race due to a lingering foot problem. His absence opens the door for other top contenders like Wicked Strong and Danza to steal a win at Churchill Downs.
Whatever the outcome might be, all that you need to worry about is how to watch it. We've got you covered with all the television and live stream information you need.
Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET
Where: Churchill Downs
Live Stream Information
NBC's live stream coverage begins at noon ET on NBCSports.com.
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Even though everything appears to favor California Chrome heading into the race, history is certainly not on his side.
ESPN Stats & Information compiled a list of facts to know about the 140th Kentucky Derby, including a look at horses who had odds as good as, if not better, than California Chrome on race day recently.
Since 1980, there have been 23 favorites made 5-2 or shorter on the morning line, with California Chrome being the 24th. Of the previous 23, only Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000 won the race. The last time a horse was made 5-2 on the morning line was 2005, when Bellamy Road was favored and finished seventh behind 50-1 shot Giacomo.
It's also worth noting that California Chrome has never run a race outside the Golden State, so the dirt and footing may not be something he's prepared to handle.
There's also a reason to like the horses starting on the outside, like Wicked Strong (Post No. 20), Intense Holiday (Post No. 16) and Tapiture (Post No. 15). According to KentuckyDerby.com, since 1995, there have been nine winners who started between post 15-20, including the last three champions.
Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden also pointed out that Wicked Strong's spot on the outside isn't as problematic as it seems.
Based on everything we have seen from this race in the past, not to mention the strength of this year's field, it would be an upset if the 140th Kentucky Derby was anything less than spectacular. We might see the dawning of a new dominant force, or the surprise of a lifetime with a 50-1 underdog shocking the field.
It's horse racing, where you can never accurately predict what is going to happen.