Kentucky Derby 2018 odds, runners, United Kingdom time, TV channel and live stream

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The Kentucky Derby is just hours away now and all 20 horses are in the paddock getting ready for the biggest event in all of horse racing.

Reasons to be wary: If Justify is to win, he'll have to break the "Curse of Apollo" to do it.

"The yet-unnamed colt had a drop-dead gorgeous conformation, plus a first-class mind, as evidenced by how he handled the Keeneland sale experience", the Kentucky Derby reported in a story on its website. The more I look at this race, the more it feels like Mendelssohn will either win it running away or not be a factor in the finish at all.

It's known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Having put in a very impressive half-mile morning workout recently at Churchill Downs, it is obvious Vino Rosso has a liking for the track and may take another step forward and into the record books, also giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third Derby victory and second in a row after saddling Always Dreaming to win previous year. His regal bloodlines and $3 million price tag suggest he would be a worthy champion, but no Europe-based horse has won the Derby.

Why he can win: Justify is undefeated in his three career races, and is a deserving favorite coming into the Kentucky Derby.

Justify and Magnum Moon will be among the picks to back if that turns out to be the case again in 2018 as Triple Crown season picks up at Churchill Downs. Since 1937, the 61 who have entered the Derby without a race under their belts by the age of 2 have all lost and only eight of the 61 finished in the money, The Wall Street Journal reports. He's run six times since without a win, though he did run second to Noble Indy in the Louisiana Derby last time out.

"These are the most talented Apollo horses and we have two of them", Scully said. That means if you happen to hit the Kentucky Derby trifecta, and you want to re-watch the moment you beat the odds, you can. Eight of the 20 horses Saturday have raced fewer than five times.

We'll start with trainer Todd Pletcher, who holds four aces for the Derby. He's a strong horse, but Justify just might be stronger. For instance, National Hockey League fans are 45% more likely and MLB fans are 38% more likely to watch the race. My Boy Jack is a good horse to play at higher odds, opening at 30/1, depending on where you are in the standings.

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