Kentucky Derby 2017 Jockeys and Horses' Top Odds for 143rd Race Field

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2017

Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire, ridden by exercise rider Martin Rivera, gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, May 1, 2017. The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 6.(AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday at Churchill Downs, and if you haven't yet made your bets or just want to know which horse is favored, it's time to narrow down the field.

While the excitement of the Derby stems from the fact that anything can happen, there are plenty of indicators of which horse will win, including everything from its post position to whether it won its last prep.

The post time for the Run for the Roses is 6:34 p.m. ET on Saturday, but coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET that afternoon on NBC. You can also live stream the action on NBC Sports Live

Here's all the information you need to know about the trainers and jockeys for this year's field of 20 horses:

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds
Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerOdds
1Lookin At LeeCorey LanerieSteve Asmussen33-1
2Thunder SnowChristophe SoumillonSaeed bin Suroor18-1
3Fast and AccurateChanning HillMike Maker66-1
4UntrappedRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen50-1
5Always DreamingJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher9-2
6State of HonorJose LezcanoMark Casse33-1
7GirvinMike SmithJoe Sharp16-1
8HenceFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen16-1
9IrapMario GutierrezDoug O’Neill18-1
10GunneveraJavier CastellanoAntonio Sano12-1
11Battle of MidwayFlavien PratJerry Hollendorfer20-1
12SonneteerKent DesormeauxKeith Desormeaux40-1
13J Boys EchoLuis SaezDale Romans28-1
14Classic EmpireJulien LeparouxMark Casse19-4
15McCrakenBrian Hernandez Jr.Ian Wilkes6-1
16TapwritJose OrtizTodd Pletcher28-1
17Irish War CryRajiv MaraghGraham Motion6-1
18GormleyVictor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs18-1
19Practical JokeJoel RosarioChad Brown25-1
20PatchTyler GaffalioneTodd Pletcher33-1
OddsShark

These 20 horses will all be competing not only for the iconic rose garland, but some pretty significant prize money, too; the purse is $2 million, with $1.24 million going to the winner, according to SportingNews.com. 

These updated odds reflect a slight change as we head into the weekend, with a narrowing of favorites at the top.

On Thursday, Classic Empire led all the entrants at 4-1; as of Friday morning, he was still the favorite at 19-4.

Classic Empire had won four races in a row before finishing in third place at the Holy Bull Stakes on February 4, 2017, behind fellow Kentucky Derby hopefuls Irish War Cry and Gunnevera, as a result of a foot abscess, according to the Kentucky Derby's official website

However, Classic Empire surged back in the Arkansas Derby on April 15, winning that race and earning his spot in the field of 20 for the Kentucky Derby. 

The 1 1/8 mile Arkansas Derby, on dirt, is as similar a track to Churchill Downs as Classic Empire has run, but the 1 1/4-mile Churchill Downs track could be a challenge for the speedy colt, who will have to maintain his speed for his longest distance yet. 

Classic Empire breaks from the 14 post. 

Nipping at Classic Empire's heels is another big name this year, Always Dreaming. The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, was listed with odds of 9-2 as of Friday. 

Always Dreaming won his last three races heading into the Kentucky Derby, including the Maiden Special Weight, the Allowance Optional Claiming and, most importantly, the Florida Derby. 

The latter race is an excellent indicator of which horse will win at Churchill Downs; per OddsShark's Mike Dempsey, "over the past 15 years the Florida Derby has been the most productive with four Derby winners, followed by the Santa Anita Derby and Arkansas Derby with three each."

Always Dreaming earned the No. 5 post position, which has produced 13 winners since 1900, per OddsShark, the most in that period.