The first weekend in May is upon us and that means it’s time for the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (6:30 PM ET, NBC). This is a race with a history and a structure that has rewarded longshots, but over the last two years, a favorite has won each time. Does 2015 see a return to the big-priced winner? Here’s a look at how the 20-horse field breaks down…
American Pharoah (5-2)
Both of the favorites have been prepared by powerhouse California trainer Bob Baffert, who is one of two trainers (along with Todd Pletcher) whose presence looms over the sport.
But Baffert hasn’t won at Churchill Downs since 2002 with War Emblem and this year is his best shot. American Pharoah is ridden by Victor Espinoza, who rode California Chrome to victory here and at the Preakness Stakes a year ago. Martin Garcia, whose biggest win came at the Preakness Stakes in 2010, is aboard Dortmund.
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