Here’s a look at this year’s Rose Run.
How many fans can attend?
Racetrack spokesman Churchill Downes told CNN that the attendance plan was “40-50% (capacity) reserved seats, 60% in some first-class dining rooms, 25-30% in Infield. All, about 40,000-50,000.”
How can I watch?
NBC will broadcast the competition’s television program, beginning on NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. ET. Coverage moves to NBC from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The competition will also be shown on nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Who will win?
In case you missed it, last year’s race was won by Authentic, coached by Bob Buffert. The win was Buffer’s sixth Derby win, tied for most by coaching with Ben Jones.
The field is limited to 20 horses that qualify for points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Essential Quality collected the most points and won all five races in his career. On Tuesday, he drew number 14 at the starting gate and was included as an early favorite with 2-1 (from Friday night he was 1-1, but the odds are subject to change). Rock Your World starts at the gate to the right of Essential Quality and is the second favorite.
Hot Rod Charlie was the second leading scorer in qualifying and was the only other Colt with a odds better than 10-1.
Like an occasional drink? Two of the horses in the field have alcohol in their names – Bourbonic (37-1) and Midnight Bourbon (18-1), suitable for a race sponsored by a bourbon producer.
Will all 20 horses be in the field on Saturday?
No. King Fury came down with a fever and could not participate.
How long does it take?
Well, this is called “the most exciting 2 minutes in the sport”, a phrase that the racetrack operator had kept in 2018, or “the biggest 2 minutes in the sport” or sometimes “the fastest 2 minutes in the sport” . So, if you are still not sure, the good time is about 2 minutes.
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