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Kentucky Derby Start Time 2018: Race Post Info, NBC TV Coverage and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2018

ARCADIA, CA - APRIL 21: Bolt d'Oro gallops in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Santa Anita Park on April 21, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
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The 2018 Kentucky Derby is upon us, with the 144th running of the race set to take place on Saturday.

Post time will be at 6:46 p.m. ET, and NBC will carry full coverage of the day's events. TV coverage of the undercard will start at noon.

Here's a look at the complete post draw, via Matt Shifman of Horse Racing Nation:

Matt Shifman @AndyScoggin

The 2018 Kentucky Derby draw ... https://t.co/dnz6vPqRdu

Here is a final look at some of the contenders.

         

Magnum Moon

Winner of the Arkansas Derby and the Rebel Stakes, Magnum Moon was the top points earner in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

The colt is unbeaten in four career starts and put on a show in Arkansas:

Magnum Moon is one of two favourites for the Derby who didn't race as a two-year-old, and no horse in such a position has won the race since the 19th century. If ever the so-called "Curse of Apollo" were to come to an end, however, this would be the year.

The colt will break from Post 16, close to another strong contender, Mendelssohn. The two will have to navigate a bit of the field, but many of the recent Derby winners, including American Pharoah, have come from the further posts.

              

Justify

Ben Fawkes of ESPN.com has Justify as the odds-on favourite to win the Derby, and like Magnum Moon, he didn't race as a two-year-old.

Jonathan Lintner of Horse Racing Nation likes both of their chances to end the "Curse of Apollo," explaining Apollo was the last horse to win in such circumstances―back in 1882.

Justify won the Santa Anita Derby this year and made his opposition look silly in the process:

The colt has raced just three times in his career but dominated on every occasion―if his inexperience doesn't hold him back at Churchill Downs, he should be a major contender.

The draw fell perfectly for Justify, who will start from Post 7 and should ease toward the rail. Of the horses starting further inside, only Audible has a great burst.

          

Mendelssohn

The most intriguing international option is Mendelssohn, who made the transition to dirt at the UAE Derby and won said race by setting a new track record:

Mendelssohn won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in California last year, flashing his talent on American soil, but UAE Derby runners have historically come up short at Churchill Downs.

Few UAE Derby runners put on a show like Mendelssohn did, however, and he just may be the most talented runners to come out of that race. The draw into Post 14 was not ideal, as that stall hasn't produced a winner since 1961's Carry Back.

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