Royal Mo, Master Plan not running in Kentucky Derby

With 20 jockeys vying for the $2 million prize and a chance to repeat history with the first title in a potential Triple Crown, Churchill Downs is going to be the hottest spot in America this weekend, so for those who can't be there in person, here are some details about how you can tune in to watch these galloping giants race for the finish line. Although he started this year with a loss, he won the Arkansas Derby last month to show he still seems to have it at age 3. Another attempting to overcome irascible behavior. But Patch also drew post 20 for Saturday's race and while that isn't the worst draw by the historical numbers, it has been almost a decade since a horse won the Derby from that slot.

But this season the prep races have been dominated by high-priced longshots, leaving the division in chaos. This one race is great for the economy in and around Louisville, Kentucky, and it is good business for race tracks across the country that will be fielding bets on the Derby. Always Dreaming will break from the No. 5 post, which has produced nine Derby winners, most recently California Chrome in 2014.

Also, in a video interview, Pletcher talked about Patch and how the horse's disability hasn't limited his success on the track-and that he did anticipate Patch would become a fan favorite in this year's race. Pletcher is 1 for 45 in the Derby. Patch was named before his eye was removed. At 4-to-1 odds to win, a $2 bet will win you $8. He is winless in 15 tries, the only hole in his Hall of Fame resume.

There are of course so many others to consider in this wide open Derby.

By the time the horses reach the top of the stretch, the eventual victor should be ready to surge to the lead. Everyone has that one special horse they root for and that one Derby they always remember.

"There's a lot of parity".

"With the average horse you couldn't do what we have done", Casse said. Downgrade Always Dreaming, Hence and Gunnevera for the same reason. If they can get him figured out, he could steal it. For the first time, NBC Sports will weave the larger Kentucky Derby Live Story into the linear telecast. He made his 3-year-old debut with a third-place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes in February.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. "I love being the favorite". There have been times when he's been ridden to the track to train and has just refused to do it. He has since calmed down and John Velazquez will be in the saddle Saturday to lend an experienced hand.

Maybe it's the jockey who will make the difference in an evenly matched race.

"There's those variables, but aside from all that, the obvious is you've got a 20-horse field". He was bought for $16,000 at auction.

So, with a trio of horses to prepare for the Run for the Roses, and 45 previous Derby starters to his name, how does Pletcher approach getting multiple contenders ready to run? People have no food. But if Thunder Snow sneaks into the picture, it will be a fun ticket to cash. He's the ruler of Dubai. If he gets tied up in the slop with other horses it could spell trouble. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET.

Wilkes also said McCraken wasn't prepared to give his best effort in the Blue Grass.

  • Julie Sanders