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Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Time: Race Schedule, Post Positions Info and Prediction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2015

Kentucky Derby hopeful Dortmund gallops under exercise rider Dana Barnes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Garry Jones/Associated Press

While all of the contenders at the Kentucky Derby have had various levels of success to this point, one horse is about to become a household name.

The first leg of the Triple Crown is the most popular event in the sport, with both serious horse racing fans and casual observers all tuning in to see who wins. Whether the victor can go on to win the Triple Crown remains to be seen, but either way, we are certain to see a great race with a number of elite competitors.

For everyone who can't get to Churchill Downs, here is a look at the television coverage as well as predictions for the top finishers in this race.

What: 2015 Kentucky Derby

When: Saturday, May 2

TV Schedule: NBC Sports (12 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET), NBC (4 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET)

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Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET

Full Two-Day Schedule

2015 Kentucky Derby Post Positions
PostHorseJockeyTrainerMorning-Line Odds
1Ocho Ocho OchoElvis TrujilloJim Cassidy50-1
2Carpe DiemJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher8-1
3MaterialityJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher12-1
4TencendurManny FrancoGeorge Weaver30-1
5Danzig MoonJulien LeparouxMark Casse30-1
6MubtaahijChristophe SoumillonMike de Kock20-1
7El KabeirCalvin BorelJohn Terranova II30-1
8DortmundMartin GarciaBob Baffert3-1
9BoloRafael BejaranoCarla Gaines30-1
10Firing LineGary StevensSimon Callaghan12-1
11StanfordFlorent GerouxTodd Pletcher30-1
12International StarMiguel MenaMike Maker20-1
13ItsaknockoutLuis SaezTodd Pletcher30-1
14Keen IceKent DesormeauxDale Romans50-1
15FrostedJoel RosarioKiaran McLaughlin15-1
16War StoryJoe TalamoTom Amoss50-1
17Mr. ZRamon VazquezD. Wayne Lukas50-1
18American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert5-2
19UpstartJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.15-1
20Far RightMike SmithRon Moquett30-1
Source: NBC Sports

Predictions

Show: American Pharoah

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  American Pharoah runs on the track during the morning training for the kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Some dominant performances leading into the Kentucky Derby helped American Pharoah become the consensus favorite. An eight-length win at the Arkansas Derby was likely what helped convince people the most, as the thoroughbred easily pulled away from tough competition.

The question now is whether American Pharoah can replicate this performance on a much bigger stage.

One major issue is the post position, which landed the horse at the No. 18 post. On the plus side, the ownership is pleased about the starting spot.

"I'm extremely happy. I love 18. Not like, love," owner Ahmed Zayat said, per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com. "He's outside in the clear. He can do whatever he wants. He can sit and watch. The jock has so many options. That's the best post."

There have been plenty of recent winners starting from outside posts, but this still creates a much longer run than anyone would like. In a competitive race with plenty of other fast challengers, it will be tougher to catch up.

The favorite should still finish in the money but will have a hard time earning a win.

Place: Frosted

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29: Frosted runs on the track during the morning training for the kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Although Frosted has just two wins in seven career starts, he seems to be peaking at the right time. The horse won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at the beginning of April, saving the best performance for the toughest competition.

The Wood Memorial also represented the first start with jockey Joel Rosario, one of the top riders in the sport. Rosario won the 2013 Kentucky Derby on Orb and has earned over $15 million in each of the past five years, according to Equibase.

He has won at least $20 million in each of the past two years.

ESPN's Kenny Mayne believes this could help Frosted finish among the top three:

Kenny Mayne @Kenny_Mayne

Frosted in the 2-3 spots AP/ Frosted/all AP/all/Frosted (lighter--insurance) All/AP/Frosted All/ Frosted/AP https://t.co/BKnisSGyxj

With plenty of experience in high-level races and a knowledgeable team of supporters, Frosted can surprise people with a high finish at Churchill Downs.

Win: Dortmund

Garry Jones/Associated Press

While technically the second favorite in this race, there will be a lot of backers behind Dortmund by post time Saturday.

Dortmund is currently undefeated in six starts, including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. In that race, he started on the rail and ended up leading wire-to-wire for the impressive victory.

In case he wasn't already a top contender, the post drawing was even more beneficial, according to Brian Monzo of WFAN:

Brian Monzo @BMonzoRadio

The #KentuckyDerby2015 draw could not have worked out better for the people who plan on betting Dortmund. He drew post position 8.

Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form also liked what he saw in the thoroughbred during warm-ups:

Jay Privman @DRFPrivman

Dortmund couldn't be doing any better http://t.co/BCvFXuFBme

With a good post position, experience and plenty of pure speed, Dortmund should be able to take home the title.

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