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Let’s Take An Early Look At The Kentucky Derby

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

Last race

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)

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