Preview: Everything you need to know for the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Preview of The Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, KY. - The 143rd Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend, so get ready to get your bets in.

Here's everything you need to know before the gates open on Saturday.

When:

May 6, 6:34 p.m.

Where:

Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

Where to watch:

TV: NBC
Live stream: NBC Sports Live
Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.
Post time is 6:34 p.m.

Who's racing?: 

1. LOOKIN AT LEE

Owner: L and N Racing LLC

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Record: 2-2-2 in nine starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: Finished third in Arkansas Derby, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Classic Empire ... Was fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

2. THUNDER SNOW

Owner: Godolphin (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid el Maktoum, et al)

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

Record: 4-2-0 in eight starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and his Godolphin Stable is 0-for-10 in the Kentucky Derby, his best finish coming in 2015 with Frosted (fourth). ... Thunder Snow has won three straight races, joining Always Dreaming and Fast and Accurate.

3. FAST AND ACCURATE

Owner: Kendall Hansen

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Channing Hill

Record: 3-1-0 in six starts

Odds: 50-1

What to know: In his last race, Fast and Accurate won the Spiral Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Blueridge Traveler. ... Hansen and Maker teamed in the 2012 Kentucky Derby with Hansen, who finished ninth.

4. UNTRAPPED

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Record: 1-3-1 in six starts

Odds: 30-1

What to know: Finished sixth in the Arkansas Derby, 5 lengths behind winner Classic Empire. ... Distance is a question as his sire, Trappe Shot, was most successful as a sprinter.

5. ALWAYS DREAMING

Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony Bonomo Sr.) and Teresa Viola Racing Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Record: 3-1-1 in five starts

Odds: 5-1

What to know: Won the Florida Derby by five lengths over State of Honor. ... Bodemeister, Always Dreaming’s sire, finished second in the Derby and Preakness in 2012.

6. STATE OF HONOR

Owner: Conrad Farms

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Record: 1-4-2 in 10 starts

Odds: 30-1

What to know: No horse in the Derby field will have as many career races (10) as State of Honor. Has finished in the money in six straight races but won only once (Oct. 19 maiden race at Woodbine). ... With regular rider Julien Leparoux on Classic Empire, Lezcano will ride State of Honor for the first time in the Derby.

7. GIRVIN

Owner: Brad Grady.

Trainer: Joe Sharp.

Jockey: Mike Smith.

Record: 3-1-0 in four starts.

Odds: 15-1

What to know: In his last time out, Girvin won the Louisiana Derby by 1 1/4 lengths over Patch. Brian Hernandez Jr. rode Girvin in each of his first four races but chose to ride McCraken in the Derby. That opened the door for Smith to take the mount. ... Sharp is married to Rosie Napravnik, the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 with Believe You Can.

8. HENCE

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Geroux

Record: 2-1-1 in six starts

Odds: 15-1

What to know: In his last race, he won the Sunland Derby by 3 3/4 lengths over Conquest Mo Money. ... Hence’s 103 Brisnet Speed Figure for the Sunland Derby is the best for any Derby hopeful in his last race.

9. IRAP

Owner: Reddam Racing (Paul Reddam)

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

Record: 1-3-1 in eight starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: Won the Blue Grass Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Practical Joke, becoming the first maiden winner in the race’s history. ... The connections of Reddam, O’Neill and Gutierrez have won the Kentucky Derby twice with Nyquist last year and I’ll Have Another in 2012.

10. GUNNEVERA

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables (Solomon Del-Valle, Guillermo Guerra and Jaime Diaz)

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Record: 4-2-1 in nine starts

Odds: 15-1

What to know: Trainer Antonio Sano was kidnapped twice in his native Venezuela before moving to the United States in 2009. ... Gunnevera was a $16,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September sale.

11. BATTLE OF MIDWAY

Owner: WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable.

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Flavien Prat

Record: 2-1-1 in four starts

Odds: 30-1

What to know: Was second in Santa Anita Derby, half-length behind Gormley. ... WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable purchased the horse from Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms on April 21. ... Battle of Midway did not race as a 2-year-old.

12. SONNETEER

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

Record: 0-4-2 in 10 starts

Odds: 50-1

What to know: Brothers Keith and Kent Desormeaux teamed up in the 2016 Kentucky Derby with Exaggerator, finishing second. He went on to win the Preakness. ... Sonneteer would be just the 11th maiden to run in the Kentucky Derby since 1937. Trojan Nation became the 10th last year, finishing 16th.

13. J BOYS ECHO

Owner: Albaugh Family Stable

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Luis Saez

Record: 2-1-1 in six starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: Romans has saddled seven Derby starters, finishing third twice with Paddy O’Prado (2010) and Dullahan (2012). ... Mineshaft, J Boys Echo’s sire, was the American Horse of the Year in 2003.

14. CLASSIC EMPIRE

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Record: 5-0-1 in seven starts.

Odds: 4-1

What to know: Won the Arkansas Derby by a half-length over Conquest Mo Money. Was the 2-year-old champion colt after winning last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. ... Leparoux is 0-for-9 in the Kentucky Derby.

15. MCCRAKEN

Owner: Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC (Janis R. Whitham)

Trainer: Ian Wilkes

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Record: 4-0-1 in five starts

Odds: 5-1

What to know: Was considered the Derby favorite after winning his first four races but slipped a bit after an ankle injury and a third-place showing in the Blue Grass. ... This will be the first Derby starter for trainer Wilkes, who worked under Carl Nafzger during a pair of Derby victories with Unbridled (1990) and Street Sense (2007).

16. TAPWRIT

Owner: Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert V. LaPenta

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Record: 3-1-0 in six starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: One of the most expensive horses in the field, Tapwrit was purchased for $1.2 million at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. ... Seemed to be improving after winning the Tampa Bay Derby but suffered a wide trip in the Blue Grass.

17. IRISH WAR CRY

Owner: Isabella De Tomaso

Trainer: Graham Motion

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Record: 4-0-0 in five starts

Odds: 6-1

What to know: Won the Wood Memorial by 3 1/2 lengths over Battalion Runner. ... Motion won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 with Animal Kingdom. ... Irish War Cry was among the Derby favorites after winning the Holy Bull but slipped some after a seventh-place finish in the Fountain of Youth.

18. GORMLEY

Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Record: 4-0-0 in six starts

Odds: 15-1

What to know: Rallied to win the Santa Anita Derby by a half-length over Battle of Midway. The Mosses and Shirreffs teamed to win the Derby in 2005 with Giacomo. ... Four wins have been impressive, but Gormley has been inconsistent, finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and fourth in the San Felipe.

19. PRACTICAL JOKE

Owner: William H. Lawrence and Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Record: 3-2-1 in six starts

Odds: 20-1

What to know: Finished second in Blue Grass, three-quarters of a length behind Irap. ... Had an impressive 2-year-old campaign, with a pair of Grade I victories, and finished third behind Classic Empire and Not This Time in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

20. PATCH

Owner: Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Record: 1-2-0 in three starts

Odds: 30-1

What to know: Was second in the Louisiana Derby, 1 1/4 lengths behind Girvin. ... Patch lost his left eye in a track accident before his first race.

Favorites:

According to OddShark, Classic Empire is the favorite to win this year, with Always Dreaming being the second favorite.

How to make a mint julep:

It's the staple drink of the Kentucky Derby. Try this recipe for a mint julep from Food Network's Alton Brown.

Ingredients:

  • 10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Seltzer water
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey

Directions:

Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. 

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