For the first time in three years, Churchill Downs is set to host its first full capacity Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
The historic Louisville racetrack will open its gates to more than 100,000 spectators starting at 9 a.m. and will tout 14 races throughout the day.
Kentucky Derby 2022: Here’s your complete guide to the 2022 race
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Follow along for live Kentucky Derby 2022 updates throughout the day:
Who is the Kentucky Derby favorite?
All eyes will be on race No. 12 at 6:57 p.m., where 20 hopeful horses will compete in the annual Run for the Roses. In the No. 10 position, Zandon was named the 3-1 favorite in the morning line. The Kentucky-bred horse is trained by Chad Brown, who is looking for his first Derby win, and will be ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, who won the 2019 Derby aboard Country House.
Running out of the No. 3 position, Epicenter is the second choice in the morning line at 7-2 and will look to end trainer Steve Asmussen’s 0-for-23 Derby drought. The Kentucky-bred Epicenter won the Louisiana Derby in March and will be ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, who won the 2013 Run for the Roses aboard Orb.
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What will weather be like at 2022 Kentucky Derby?
Weather conditions have improved leading up to the weekend: The National Weather Service said showers are possible overnight, but conditions are exected to clear by daybreak. Still, if rain does fall, be sure to check out our list of the best mudders in the Kentucky Derby field before placing your bets.
And as every year, there will be plenty of hubbub outside of the horses at Churchill Downs, too — especially with a super PAC hosting a political fundraiser at the racetrack that former President Donald Trump is set to attend.
From the fastest two minutes in sports to everything else at the racetrack, here’s what’s going on at the 148th Kentucky Derby:
Derby draw: Kentucky Derby post position draw, updated odds, full field
Kentucky Derby 2022 expert picks
Steve Bittenbender, Courier Journal: Happy Jack
Mark Blankenbaker, ESPN 680: Classic Causeway, Messier
Rick Bozich, WDRB: Messier
Will Clark, WHAS Radio: Cyberknife
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader: Taiba
Fred Cowgill, WLKY: Zandon
Eric Crawford, WDRB: Zandon
Jody Demling, 247Sports: Zandon
Ed DeRosa, Horse Racing Nation: Tiz the Bomb
Sara Elbadwi, Horse Racing Nation: Zandon
Keith Farmer, WLEX: Zandon
Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated: Zandon
Gary Graves, Associated Press: Epicenter
Greg Hall, Bloodhorse: Epicenter
Kendrick Haskins, WAVE: Epicenter
John Lewis, WDRB: Tiz the Bomb
Darren Rogers, Churchill Downs senior director of communications: Zandon
Kent Spencer, WHAS: Taiba
Travis Stone, Churchill Downs track announcer: Messier
Tim Sullivan, Courier Journal: Taiba
Kent Taylor, WAVE: Epicenter
Miss Kentucky Haley Wheeler: Zandon
Dominique Yates, WLKY: Epicenter