Kentucky Derby 2017: Post Time, Post Positions and Full TV Coverage Info

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2017

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: Irish War Cry trains on the track for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The most exciting two minutes in sports will unfold Saturday evening at Churchill Downs when the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby commences.

With a slew of contenders headlining a wide-open field, it won't be surprising to see this year's Run for the Roses decided in compelling fashion at the wire.

Before we break down which horses could steal the show and initiate a Triple Crown bid, take a look at when and where you can catch the action.

2017 Kentucky Derby Coverage

Date: Saturday, May 6

TV: NBC (coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. ET)

Post Time: 6:34 p.m. ET

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Race Preview

2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions
1Looking At LeeCorey LanerieSteve Asmussen+3300
2Thunder SnowChristophe SoumillonSaeed bin Suroor+1800
3Fast and AccurateChanning HillMike Maker+6600
4UntrappedRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen+5000
5Always DreamingJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher+450
6State of HonorJose LezcanoMark Casse+3800
7GirvinMike SmithJoe Sharp+1600
8HenceFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen+1600
9IrapMario GutierrezDoug O’Neill+1800
10GunneveraJavier CastellanoAntonio Sano+1200
11Battle of MidwayFlavien PratJerry Hollendorfer+2000
12SonneteerKent DesormeauxKeith Desormeaux+4000
13J Boys EchoLuis SaezDale Romans+2800
14Classic EmpireJulien LeparouxMark Casse+425
15McCrakenBrian Hernandez Jr.Ian Wilkes+600
16TapwritJose OrtizTodd Pletcher+2800
17Irish War CryRajiv MaraghGraham Motion+600
18GormleyVictor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs+1800
19Practical JokeJoel RosarioChad Brown+2500
20PatchTyler GaffalioneTodd Pletcher+3300
Odds Shark

This year's race lacks a clear-cut favorite.

That's because the primary horses in the running for that status—Always Dreaming (+450), Classic Empire (+425) and Irish War Cry (+600)don't boast lengthy or sterling resumes.

"I can't really recall a year when everyone was wondering which prep was a good prep and which was a bad prep," California-based clocker Gary Young said, according to Newsday's Ed McNamara. "Last year, I and a lot of others thought the winner wouldn't be coming out of the Wood or the Blue Grass, and that turned out to be the case."

Always Dreaming is a compelling choice following a first-place finish in the Florida Derby, but the knock on Todd Pletcher's prized colt is his small sample size. He has just four official entries for his career: two wins, one second-place finish and a third-place showing.

Things differ a bit for Classic Empire—breaking out of the 14th postwho responded to a disappointing third-place finish at the Holy Bull Stakes in February with an emphatic late run to take home a victory in the Arkansas Derby.

Kentucky Derby Post History
Post PositionHorsePost WinsWin%In The Money FinishesLast Year's Finish
1Looking At Lee89.2%1716th
2Thunder Snow78.0%255th
3Fast and Accurate55.7%1913th
5Always Dreaming910.3%203rd
6State of Honor22.3%1211th
11Battle of Midway22.6%102nd
13J Boys Echo57.1%191st
14Classic Empire23.2%124th
17Irish War Cry00.0%310th
19Practical Joke14.0%27th
America's Best Racing

Unlike Always Dreaming, Classic Empire has a racing history that includes five wins dating back to last May.

"I think I'm riding the most talented horse in the race for sure," jockey Julien Leparoux said, per Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh (via "I think he's the best one."

However, the Graham Motion-trained Irish War Cry may have something to say about that.

Although Irish War Cry floundered to the tune of a seventh-place finish at the Fountain of Youth Stakes two months ago, he returned to form at April's Wood Memorial with a stellar late sprint.

"He was always in a smooth rhythm," jockey Rajiv Maragh said of the Wood Memorial win, per's Keith Sargeant. "He relaxed real easily. He did everything I wanted him to do without a lot of effort. He did it all in rhythm. He wasn't rank at all. He settled beautifully."

A horse winning out of the No. 17 post would represent a first in the Kentucky Derby, but if Maragh and Irish War Cry can channel the success that allowed them to come out on top at Aqueduct Racetrack, a historic evening could be in order.


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