The 145th annual Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Affectionately called the “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” the race is the first leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 18 and the Belmont Stakes on June 8.
The Kentucky Derby is always the hardest race of the year to handicap, and this year featured a particularly high shake-up with the scratches of Omaha Beach – which was considered the favorite – and Haikal.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s “Run for the Roses”:
What: Kentucky Derby 2019
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
Post time: 6:46 p.m. Eastern
TV: NBC, 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The 19-horse field, from the rail out, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds after the scratches of Omaha Beach and Haikal, includes:War of Will (Mark Casse/Tyler Gaffalione) 15/1; 2. Tax (Danny Gargen/Junior Alvarado) 20/1; 3. By My Standards (W. Bret Calhoun/Gabriel Saez) 15/1; 4. Gray Magician (Peter Miller/Drayden Van Dyke) 50/1; 5. Improbable (Bob Baffert/Irad Ortiz Jr.) 5/1; 6. Vekoma(George Weaver/Javier Castellano) 15/1; 7. Maximum Security (Jason Servis/Luis Saez) 8/1; 8. Tacitus (William Mott/Jose Ortiz) 8/1; 9. Plus Que Parfait (Brendan Walsh/Ricardo Santana Jr.) 30/1; 10. Cutting Humor (Todd Pletcher/Mike Smith) 30/1; 13. Code of Honor (Claude McGaughey III/John Velasquez) 12/1; 14. Win Win Win (Michael Trombetta/Julian Pimentel) 15/1; 15. Master Fencer (Koichi Tsunoda/Julien Leparoux) 50/1; 16. Game Winner (Bob Baffert/Joel Rosario) 9/2; 17. Roadster (Bob Baffert/Florent Geroux) 5/1; 18. Long Range Toddy (Steve Asmussen/Jon Court) 30/1; 19. Spinoff (Todd Pletcher/Manny Franco) 30/1; 20. Country House (William Mott/Flavien Prat) 30/1; 21. Bodexpress (Gustavo Delgado/Chris Landeros) 30/1.
Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for Saturday’s 145th running at Churchill Downs after opening Tuesday as the 5-1 second choice behind Omaha Beach, who was scratched because of a breathing problem. Baffert’s two other pupils, Roadster and Improbable, are 5-1 co-second choices that give the Hall of Fame trainer additional chances to win a sixth Derby and tie Ben Jones’ record.
The Derby’s only unbeaten horse, 8-1 shot Maximum Security, aims to improve to 5-0 lifetime. He and Game Winner are owned by Gary and Mary West.
The field features 19 3-year-old colts who will run 1¼ mile in the $3 million race that features a forecast of steady showers.