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

Exercise rider Daragh O'Donohoe prepares to gallop Kentucky Derby entrant Thunder Snow at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. And don't be afraid to single out a horse in either race if you have real strong feelings about one.

Win wager: The horse you choose must win the race in order for you to win.

The Derby will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Classic Empire will break from the No. 14 post - just two horses have won the Derby from that spot, the last being Carry Back in 1961.

Straub Elementary School kindergarten students were given a chance to test their racing skills Friday in honor of the Kentucky Derby.

The latest betting lines show four horses, Classic Empire, Always Dreaming, McCraken and Irish War Cry anywhere from 4-1 to 6-1 odds. With the post positions of the horses recently announced, it has become clear to some horseracing experts what the odds of each horse will be in winning the competition.

It was discovered subsequently, that the son of Pioneerof the Nile suffered a hoof abscess providing an excuse for his poor performance.

As the hats designed by the California-based Carol Bader - all custom-made and no photos, please - sold in the 112-year-old hotel downtown, Callery, assisting outside, recalled watching the Oaks on television as a child and liking the idea of a day championing female horses.

The younger Casse thinks his last race and subsequent works have him ready to roll on Saturday.

Here is a fun fact for you: the #17 post position has a record of 0 for 38 in the Kentucky Derby! But we always got the job done. He also got a really good educational experience with the trip that he had.

"We had the silks special made this year in Mason County Royal colors", she said.

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The absence of a dominant horse suggests an open race in Saturday's 143rd Kentucky Derby and punters should not overlook Patch and the longshots in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Sonneteer has yet to win a race in his career.

"The one thing I felt like is I don't think we've ever come here and not won with the best horse", Pletcher said.

Recommended exotics (fast track): A superfecta with Classic Empire and the above could be a big hit (box it). The favorite has won the Derby each of the last four years.

Prior to that, he finished a disappointing third in the Holy Bull Stakes, as he was slowed in that Gulfstream Park race by an abscess in his right foot.

And where I will turn to is Irish War Cry.

"Animal Kingdom was basically under the radar", Motion said.

One of the nicest people in the sport, Pletcher is unfailingly polite and, like Lukas, always impeccably dressed when he saddles a horse for a race.

"There's plenty of speed lined up for this race and nobody's going to get an easy lead", said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Battle of Midway.

McCraken missed some training time with an injury this winter, and in his return, he was a nonthreatening third in the Blue Grass Stakes, which was won by the previously winless Irap. The win in the Arkansas Derby indicates that he is healthy again, but the Derby distance and the upgrade in competition could be issues. O'Neill is feeling optimistic about his high energy colt.