The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby won’t go off until nearly 7 p.m. EST Saturday in Louisville, but there will be plenty of action all day long from Churchill Downs.
There are a total of 14 races that began Saturday morning leading up to the Run for the Roses, which is set for 6:57 p.m. EST. Zandon (3-1) is the morning-line favorite with Epicenter next at 7-2. (For up-to-the-minute odds, visit ChurchillDowns.com.)
Check back throughout the day for updates from the track, including sights and sounds from the scene and race results.
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The day begins before sunrise in a soggy Louisville. Not much sunshine is expected Saturday, and it will be in the 50s, but the forecast calls for dry weather.
And we have a Mayor Pete sighting.
Congressman, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Flavien Prat, takes the opener at Churchill Downs and pays $11 to win. A late burst got him past the favorite, Warrior Johny.
Irad Ortiz Jr. runs in his first winner of the day with the favorite, Surfer Dude. Ortiz will have a busy day and will ride Mo Donegal later today in the Derby