The 2017 Kentucky Derby: What time, what channel, livestream

But if Patch comes up big, he'll be the first Derby victor with one eye.

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?

I loved how he and Mike Smith put it all on the line, sprinting out early in the most famous horse race in the world and said, 'We're running fast, try and catch us.' In retrospect, I love the gutsy nature in taking that approach, outrunning pace-setter Trinniberg into the first turn and putting everyone in the rear-view mirror. 2016 Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator seemed to run best on a wet track.

Director of Racing / Racing Secretary, Kevin Greely - Unbridled (1990). Trainer Ian Wilkes, as an assistant for Carl Nafzger, was associated with Derby winners Unbridled and Street Sense. Also, a fond memory is Alysheba (1987). The horse fought it the first day, though he behaved better the next couple. I was working at Churchill as the assistant Racing Secretary and watched the race from the placing judges' stand. California Chrome is no longer concerned with his track speed since hanging up his racing shoes in February, but that hasn't stopped the droves of admiring fans from visiting the two-time horse of the year at his new residence Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville. I've hit it eight straight years (but who's counting?).

"Look, what do you do when you buy a horse?" Under the points system, Churchill places more weight on the longer Derby prep races for 3-year-olds. Having an adorable Twitter account that tweets from the horse's perspective probably helped in that matter as well.

The 2017 Kentucky Derby: What time, what channel, livestream

"I know people talk a lot about his record in the Derby, but Todd does a really good job", said fellow trainer Graham Motion. I actually saddled the Kentucky Oaks victor the day before too with Princess of Sylmar. Pletcher is seeking his second Derby win from the trio of Always Dreaming, Tapwrit and Patch. "He's had a good week here, so we're hopeful". I was positioned on the front side by the gate and brought Pat back to unsaddle. Giacomo also won in 2005 at 50/1. "Watching Always Dreaming train, you'd have to think he'd be the most forwardly placed if they all break on time". The first was Lil E. Tee and the second was Barbaro (2006). Has four wins in five career starts. Being on the gate for that race is a high I'll never experience anywhere else. By the time they get to the track, they're pretty used to it. Maybe the slop threw her a curve, or maybe she ran so hard last time it left her a little empty. But we always got the job done.

What stuck out to me the most was he broke out quickly in the Santa Anita Derby to run a 23-second opening quarter mile and still had strength coming down the final 1/8 of a mile.

The race will be televised on NBC, with special coverage that begins at 1:30 p.m.

The season continues through Saturday, Oct. 28. While showers are forecast in the morning, the storm could move out before the scheduled post time of 6:46 p.m. Thursday racing will be held July 6 - August 24 at 2:05 p.m. EST.

  • Julie Sanders