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Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

How to Watch the 2017 Kentucky Derby

How to Watch the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Whatever you do, have fun and don't bet more than you can afford to lose.

If the first Saturday in May hasn't been Pletcher's finest hour, the rest of the racing calendar is dotted with his victories in major races.

This may be the toughest Kentucky Derby to predict in years based on the betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. An amendment in 2000 allowed wagers online and by phone, though those are still restricted or banned in 10 states.

Always Dreaming, also trained by Pletcher, drew the No. 5 post, which should suit an inexperienced runner who was impressive in winning the Florida Derby on April 1. In a 20-horse field, anything can happen, and, usually, it does.

Post time for the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for 5:34 p.m. CDT Saturday.

In terms of robotics, NBC will have an RF robo on the starting gate to cover the race starts, as well as robos suspended 80 ft. high on the Churchill Downs videoboard structure, in the paddock saddling area, and the tunnel leading to the track.

The Irish horse was also nominated for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but trainer Saeed Suroor said his connections believe he could finally put Godolphin into the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.

For some posts, Vág will try to identify a longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet.

Trainer Graham Motion won the 2011 Derby with Animal Kingdom, who never had raced on conventional dirt. Two-time victor Mario Gutierrez will be looking to join them in the three-win club aboard Irap.

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Kerstein suggests picking a couple favorites and placing $2 bets.

The Blue Grass's lack of early speed made it hard for McCraken, who characteristically slipped toward the back of the pack midway through the race, to make up ground on longshot victor Irap. "We want to be able to control that energy and I think we've made big strides in doing that overnight", Pletcher told The Blood-Horse publication. His best Kentucky Derby finish to date is fourth-place in 2013 aboard Normandy Invasion.

I'm pretty heavy on horses who figure to come off the pace this year as I think there will be more speed early than we've seen the past few years of the Derby.

Asmussen has yet to win the Derby in his long career. In an exacta, you pick the the first and second finishers in the race. The last Jersey-bred to win the Derby was Cavalcade in 1934.

"He's a class horse", Suroor said.

A versatility of running styles is a good quality for the Kentucky Derby and its 20-horse field. The odds are overwhelmingly against you. I'm going with Classic Empire, McCraken and Looking At Lee.

Classic Empire, is the favorite at 4-to-1 odds. No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old. "He has a local connection to Kentucky, and he's been training well".

After meeting at the racetrack when Napravnik rode a horse for Sharp, they started dating and married in 2011. Just a month shy of his 50th birthday, Pletcher's horses have already won a record $336 million.

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