The 2015 Kentucky Derby features enough coverage so that fans of horse racing won't miss "the most exciting two minutes in sports" or the immense hype that precedes it.
This year's Run for the Roses will be broadcast in prime time on NBC, and NBC Sports Live Extra will have the live stream covered.
Check out a list of the complete lineup below:
|2015 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Odds|
|1||2||Ocho Ocho Ocho||Elvis Trujillo||Jim Cassidy||25-1|
|2||3||Carpe Diem||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||8-1|
|3||4||Materiality||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||16-1|
|4||5||Tencendur||Manny Franco||George Weaver||50-1|
|5||6||Danzig Moon||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse||33-1|
|6||7||Mubtaahij||Christophe Soumillon||Mike de Kock||12-1|
|7||El Kabeir||Calvin Borel||SCR|
|8||8||Dortmund||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||18-5|
|9||9||Bolo||Rafael Bejarano||Carla Gaines||40-1|
|10||10||Firing Line||Gary Stevens||Simon Callaghan||12-1|
|12||International Star||Miguel Mena||SCR|
|13||11||Itsaknockout||Luis Saez||Todd Pletcher||33-1|
|14||12||Keen Ice||Kent Desormeaux||Dale Romans||40-1|
|15||13||Frosted||Joel Rosario||Kiaran McLaughlin||16-1|
|16||14||War Story||Joe Talamo||Tom Amoss||50-1|
|17||15||Mr. Z||Ramon Vazquez||D. Wayne Lukas||50-1|
|18||16||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||13-5|
|19||17||Upstart||Jose Ortiz||Rick Violette Jr.||25-1|
|20||18||Far Right||Mike Smith||Ron Moquett||40-1|
|21||19||Frammento||Corey Nakatani||Nick Zito||66-1|
|Odds via Odds Shark, Scratches via Churchill Downs|
Favorites are always the buzz at this time of year, because everyone is looking for the best specimen to perhaps carry on a bid for the Triple Crown.
California Chrome came quite close in 2014 after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The last to pull off the feat was Affirmed all the way back in 1978, which shows just how elusive the pinnacle trifecta is.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has two prime contenders to finish in the winner's circle. Odds-on favorite American Pharoah seems to be the horse to beat, but Baffert also has Dortmund in his stable as he makes a bid to win at Churchill Downs for the first time since 2002.
The race's official Twitter account highlights the strong pedigree Dortmund has working in his favor:
To be a descendant of a previous Kentucky Derby champion is something few entrants in Louisville can ever boast. Having a trainer like Baffert and a career that features six wins in as many starts suggests that Dortmund has the goods to deliver.
Dortmund was the Santa Anita Derby winner, but American Pharoah has three Grade 1 wins in his past four appearances. He took the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes before racing to victory at the Arkansas Derby last month.
Baffert made an interesting comparison between his two colts.
"They're two different types," said Baffert, per The Courier-Journal's Jonathan Lintner. "Dortmund, he's all lanky -- built like a greyhound. This horse (American Pharoah) -- he's more of a full package. Like Shaq and Kobe Bryant, you know? But they're both really good horses, and we don't know how good they really are."
Another decorated trainer in Todd Pletcher will enter two strong horses of his own in Materiality and Carpe Diem, who won the Florida Derby and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, respectively.
Pletcher is a force to be reckoned with. Although he's only had one Kentucky Derby champion—2010's Super Saver—he'd love to gain momentum for a Triple Crown push and at least notch a victory in the only leg of it he's yet to win in the Preakness.
Both of Pletcher's top horses have shown the goods to beat quality fields in the past, but they will have to show something special to beat out the likes of American Pharoah, Dortmund and even each other.
Most of the pre-race chatter will center on those four horses. Of course, there's the possibility that a dark horse could emerge and shock everyone. It's just rare for two such respected trainers to each have a duo of horses that could easily wind up crossing the finish first.
The Kentucky Derby boasts a deep enough field as it is. The fact that the cluster of perceived front-runners is so stacked promises to make the finish to this 141st running of the race particularly special.