The 137th running of the race will begin about 6:24 or so, so there's still plenty of time to find out what and who if you're so inclined. Nineteen horses running today with the scratch of Uncle Mo, the original favorite. Still lots of sturdy, pounding horseflesh being jockeyed about down that stretch. I do prefer it when there are fewer horses running the track, but we'll see what happens.
I try to watch three races out of the year if at all possible. The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Every year there's a new possibility of a Triple Crown Champion - something that hasn't been done - winning all three races in a row- since Affirmed did it in 1978. That's how long it's been.
Go to this link if you want to see the horses running today, the odds and other assorted Derby news.
All paintings by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)