LOUISVILLE, Ky.(PIX11) — The first Saturday in May is back again, and for those who love mint juleps, designer hats and race horses, that only means one thing: it’s Kentucky Derby day.
Out of 20 horses, the favorite for the 141st “Run for the Roses” is brown colt American Pharoah 5-2. He will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who won last year’s Derby with California Chrome. The winner will receive $2 million in prize money.
Top contenders also include Dortmund, Firing Line, Frosted and Carpe Diem, whose owners paid $1.6 million for him as a 2-year-old. The only horse costing more than a million dollars to win the race was Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, whose owners paid $4 million for.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could see his fourth win since 2002 if one of his top two favorites, American Pharoah or Dortmund, end up winning the 1 1/4 mile race.
Weather conditions in Louisville, K.y. are near-perfect: 74 degrees and mostly sunny at the historic Churchill Downs track. More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the derby.
The 141st Run for the Roses will kick off at 6:24 p.m. EST following all-day coverage on NBC.