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

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

Always Dreaming, 3. Classic Empire, 4.

Strong cases can be made for three other horses - at least - on Saturday.

Whether you're rooting for this year's betting favorites like Classic Empire and Always Dreaming or pulling for one of the underdogs (underhorses?) to win at the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby, the renowned horse race is bound to be an event worth watching for anyone who loves America's oldest competitive sporting event.

Like Motion, trainer Doug O'Neill is looking for further Derby success. Depending on how "favorite" is defined, the betting favorite either has never been the victor in five consecutive Kentucky Derbys or it hasn't happened since 1896.

"He was the champion 2-year-old when he ran and came back this year as a 3-year-old", Kerstein said.

Also seeking to build on their Derby resumes will be the human connections of Blue Grass Stakes (GII) victor Irap. It's the first time the historic farm, which once produced Triple Crown winners Whirlaway and Citation, will enter three horses in the starting gate of the Derby.

According to Bleacher Report, those who have the best odds to be included in the top three other than Classic Empire are McCracken and Irish War Cry. I guess you don't know for sure but it certainly doesn't seem like it has.

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Fast and Accurate may be neither if you listen to oddsmakers. Boxing six horses has 30 possible combinations so the bet on $1 would equal $30 ($1 for each of the 30 possible winning outcomes).

That 37-year drought had led many followers of the "Sport of Kings" to come to the conclusion that winning the Triple Crown was no longer viable because the competition was too tough and that asking any horse to run 1 1/4 miles, followed by 1 3/16 miles two weeks later and then the 1 1/2-mile marathon three weeks after that was just too brutal.

Eliminate Battle of Midway and Patch for not racing as 2-year-olds.

Todd Pletcher is responsible for leading contender Always Dreaming, who won the Florida Derby on his last outing. Pletcher is seeking his second Derby win from the trio of Always Dreaming, Tapwrit and Patch. Trainer Joe Sharp and his assistant-wife, former jockey Rosie Napravnik, had the colt swimming and using a hyperbaric chamber to make the race. Orb, also a son of Malibu Moon, won the 2013 Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track.

He won his first start at Saratoga Race Course by five lengths back in August, and followed up with wins in the Hopeful and Champagne G1 races. Now comes the hard part: picking out the victor of the race!

#2 Irish You Well: The 20-1 morning-line price is enticing on this horse, who definitely races his best on the wet turf.

You'd think we'd learn our lesson, but, really, there's no inherent reason No. 17 is a bad spot, unlike, say, No. 1, where it's easy to get trapped in the early crowd. Wilkes, who was the exercise rider for 1990 Kentucky Derby victor Unbridled and assistant to trainer Carl Nafzger in 2007 when Street Sense won the Derby, is seeking his first Kentucky Derby victory. None of those horses won. The latest forecast calls for the rain to clear out by 2 p.m. Saturday, leaving about five hours until post time for the track to dry out. The race will be broadcast by NBC.

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