All eyes will be on the 2019 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, but ahead of the big race, the post position draw will also attract plenty of interest.
The draw can play a role in determining the eventual winner of the Run for the Roses, and the 20 contenders will be eagerly watching to see which slot they are handed ahead of the main event.
Here's a look at all the information you need to catch an important part of the build-up to Saturday's big race.
Draw Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 11 a.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (BST)
Live-Stream Info: KentuckyDerby.com
Kentucky Derby Odds
Omaha Beach 3-1
Maximum Security 5-1
Game Winner 6-1
Code of Honor 14-1
By My Standards 20-1
War of Will 25-1
Win Win Win 30-1
Cutting Humor 40-1
Long Range Toddy 60-1
Country House 80-1
Gray Magician 100-1
Master Fencer 100-1
Plus Que Parfait 100-1
Odds via SportsLine.
Justify was the winner of the 2018 Kentucky Derby on his way to claiming the Triple Crown. Mike Smith rode the chestnut colt to victory from the No. 7 gate, ahead of Good Magic, who started in slot No. 6 and Audible in No.5.
Although being on the inside means horses are given the shortest route around the track, jockeys and trainers prefer to avoid being close to the rail. The horses on the inside generally come off worst at the start as the 20 contenders all jostle for position going into the first turn.
Indeed the Kentucky Derby has not seen a winner from the No. 1 spot since Ferdinand battled to victory in 1986. Firenze Fire was handed the position in the 2018 race and came home a distant 11th.
The post positions will also affect the betting odds, with Omaha Beach, Roadster and Improbable all among the early favourites ahead of the race.
Jockey Mike Smith, who was victorious in 2018 with Justify, will ride Omaha Beach, who tasted victory in the 2019 Arkansas Derby by a length from Improbable.
Omaha Beach has had an issue with a quarter crack. Trainer Richard Mandella offered a good explanation for the problem:
Smith has spoken about Omaha Beach's chances at Churchill Downs, per Jason Frakes at the Louisville Courier Journal.
"He's got Roadster to beat and a couple horses from New York that look really good, so it's going to be a tough Derby, but he's not without a big chance," he said. "Like I said, I love his running style and it suits the Derby."
Smith also rode Roadster to victory at the 2019 Santa Anita Derby, but his decision to switch horses for the Kentucky Derby does not appear to have angered owner Bob Baffert.
Yet Roadster has looked good in preparation for the Kentucky Derby:
Baffert enjoyed a victory with Justify in 2018 and is seeking his sixth victory at the Kentucky Derby. He also has 2019 Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable and Rebel Stakes runner-up Game Winner in contention.
Improbable has looked in good shape at Churchill Downs:
Meanwhile, Baffert has offered his thoughts on Game Winner, per Jonathan Lintner at Horse Racing Nation.
"He's had these really wide trips. He can't win the Derby like that. I think we're in a position now where (Joel Rosario) can put him in a good spot. You know he's going to give it to you at the end. He'll go a mile and a quarter, and he has a good mind. He doesn't get upset."
Tuesday's draw may offer further indications as to which of the favourites has the best chance of taking victory in Saturday's race and also which horses punters may wish to avoid.