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It’s the “Run for the Roses,” the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the first jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing.

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Saturday will see the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

The annual race, a magnet for celebrities wearing big hats, is a stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s record-setting win. The horse still holds the record for the fastest Derby run ever: 1:59 and two-fifths seconds; the record for the fastest Preakness run: 1:53 flat; and the record for the fastest Belmont: 2:24 flat.

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Here’s what you need to know about the race:

When is the race?

The 2023 Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday.

What time is the race?

Post time is 6:57 p.m. EDT.

How far do the horses run?

1 1/4 miles.

What is the track surface?


What is the record at the track?

Secretariat holds the track record. The horse ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59 and two-fifths seconds.

Who is running in the Kentucky Derby?

Here is a list of the horses set to run and the morning-line odds as of Thursday:

  1. Hit Show (30-1)
  2. Verifying (15-1)
  3. Two Phil’s (12-1)
  4. Confidence Game (20-1)
  5. Tapit Trice (5-1)
  6. Kingsbarns (12-1)
  7. Reincarnate (50-1)
  8. Mage (15-1)
  9. Skinner (20-1)
  10. Practical Move (10-1)
  11. Disarm (30-1)
  12. Jace’s Road (15-1)
  13. Sun Thunder (30-1)
  14. Angel of Empire (8-1)
  15. Forte (3-1)
  16. Raise Cain (15-1)
  17. Derma Sotogake (10-1)
  18. Rocket Can (15-1)
  19. Lord Miles (30-1)
  20. Continuar (50-1)