During a weekend filled with massive sporting events, the 141st Kentucky Derby has the history to stand out.
The horse race that starts the Triple Crown also happens to be the most illustrious in the sport. Earn a win on this stage and you'll be remembered forever. Whether it's the horse, jockey, owner or trainer, every part of the team needs to be clicking to take home the wreath of roses.
Here's all the information racing fans need to know prior to the grandiose event.
2015 Kentucky Derby Information
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
When: Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Extra
Payout Info: The Triple Crown website lists the minimum guaranteed payout for this year's Kentucky Derby as $2 million total. The winning horse will receive $1.24 million.
|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|
What to Watch For
Bob Baffert is a talented trainer. This year, he's truly outdone himself.
Already a three-time winner in the Derby, Baffert is hoping to match his success again. Only this time around, he has two colts at the top of the morning odds at Churchill Downs.
American Pharoah comes in as the favorite with 13-5 odds, but Dortmund is close behind at 15-4, per Oddsshark.com. However, American Pharoah recently was moved over to Post 17, which has never produced a winner, per Gary Klein of The Los Angeles Times.
That move was due to two late scratches from Stanford and El Kabeir, as the Kentucky Derby's official account notes:
It also left a hole open at the top post, so horses originally closer to the inside were moved to the middle. That's helpful for smaller horses like Ocho Ocho Ocho but also means the odds are even more heavily stacked against American Pharoah starting from Post 17.
In Dortmund, Baffert has one of the most physically imposing horses in the field. The steed is also undefeated, adding to his allure heading into the Run for the Roses.
"When he comes out of the stall, he just keeps coming out," Baffert said, via Jason Frakes of The Courier-Journal. "I remember that one of my owners wanted to run against him in a stake race. He said, 'How would you compare my horse to Dortmund?' I said, 'Well, if you were here and I brought Dortmund out, you'd say, "Why are we running against him?'"
Will Baffert's 1-2 punch prevail? Or will another colt rise to the task like Mine That Bird in 2009 to end the streak of favorites winning? Horse racing fans across the nation will find out on Saturday when the colts finally race around Churchill Downs once again in the historic race.