By Mike Sullivan
Horse racing is a huge sport. However, it’s not a mainstream sport. The average sports fan doesn’t seem to really understand how everything works.
The truth of the matter is that the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. I wanted to provide you guys with a simple, easy to read, preview of the big race.
The Derby is a huge betting event and also a huge social event. There are plenty of Derby parties held throughout the country. Getting all dressed up and attending a derby party while drinking, eating, and betting is something that every sports fan has to do at some point in their life!
Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Kentucky Derby:
When is it!?
Post time for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is 6:46 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
The first race of the day has a 10:30 a.m. post time and the day's final race has an 8:10 p.m. post time.
The Kentucky Derby will be preceded by the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which has a post time of 5:25 p.m.
Check out the Schwab’s Kentucky Derby early betting preview.
OK, so how can I watch it!?
Noon-2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 6: Kentucky Derby undercard, NBC Sports Network
2:30-7:20 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 6: Kentucky Derby 143 coverage, NBC
Online stream: Coverage available through the NBC Sports app
Who is racing in the Kentucky Derby?
Here are the Kentucky Derby points standings after Saturday’s final prep races. The top 20 horses in the final standings will earn a spot in the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
RANK, HORSE, POINTS, TRAINER
1. Girvin, 150, Joe Sharp
Won Louisiana Derby (April 1 at Fair Grounds)
2. Classic Empire, 132, Mark Casse
Won Arkansas Derby (April 15 at Oaklawn)
3. Gormley, 125, John Shirreffs
Won Santa Anita Derby (April 8)
4. Irap, 113, Doug O’Neill
Won Blue Grass (April 8 at Keeneland)
5. Irish War Cry, 110, Graham Motion
Won Wood Memorial (April 8 at Aqueduct)
6. Thunder Snow, 100, Saeed bin Suroor
Won UAE Derby (March 25 at Meydan)
7. Always Dreaming, 100, Todd Pletcher
Won Florida Derby (April 1 at Gulfstream)
8. Gunnevera, 84, Antonio Sano
Third in Florida Derby (April 1 at Gulfstream)
9. Practical Joke, 74, Chad Brown
Second in Blue Grass (April 8 at Keeneland)
10. J Boys Echo, 63, Dale Romans
Fourth in Blue Grass (April 8 at Keeneland)
11. State of Honor, 62, Mark Casse
Second in Florida Derby (April 1 at Gulfstream)
12. Tapwrit, 54, Todd Pletcher
Fifth in Blue Grass (April 8 at Keeneland)
13. Malagacy, 50, Todd Pletcher
Fifth in Arkansas Derby (April 15 at Oaklawn)
14. Hence, 50, Steve Asmussen
Won Sunland Derby (March 26 at Sunland Park)
$$-15. Fast and Accurate, 50, Mike Maker
Won Spiral (March 25 at Turfway)
16. McCraken, 40, Ian Wilkes
Third in Blue Grass (April 8 at Keeneland)
17. Battle of Midway, 40, Jerry Hollendorfer
Second in Santa Anita Derby (April 8)
18. Patch, 40, Todd Pletcher
Second in Louisiana Derby (April 1 at Fair Grounds)
19. Battalion Runner, 40, Todd Pletcher
Second in Wood Memorial (April 8 at Aqueduct)
20. Cloud Computing, 40, Chad Brown
Third in Wood Memorial (April 8 at Aqueduct)