4 pm/ET NBC
""The most exciting two minutes in sports" begin at 6:04 pm/ET in Louisville, preceded by two hours of anticipation (or anxiety, depending on how much moolah you've got invested in the race). While sipping that mint julep, enjoy one part red-carpet interviews with the rich and famous at Churchill Downs, and two parts race buildup, focusing on profiles and analysis of the expected 20-horse field. Likely post-time favorite I Want Revenge has the services of teenager Joe Talamo, a likable star of Animal Planet's reality series, Jockeys. Among the trainers, three-time winner Bob Baffert is squarely back in the Derby spotlight with Pioneerof the Nile, while Todd Pletcher has three more chances (Dunkirk, Advice, Join in the Dance) to end his personal Derby hex. For those who remember ill-fated 2008 Derby runner-up Eight Belles, her trainer, Larry Jones, is taking another shot at the Roses with Louisiana Derby champion Friesan Fire.
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