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150th Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, tomorrow, marking the 150th "Run for the Roses." The race carries a record purse this year of $5M—$2M more than last year—with tomorrow's winner taking home $3.1M. The runner-up will receive $1M and third-place $500K. Coverage begins at 2:30 pm ET on NBC, with Derby post time at 6:57 pm ET.

The oldest continuous sporting event in America, the Derby features 3-year-old thoroughbred horses born in the Northern Hemisphere racing a 1.25-mile track. This year's top contenders include Fierceness (5-2 odds as of this writing), who is coming off a win at the Florida Derby, and Sierra Leone (3-1), both hailing from Kentucky. However, the race is known for upsets: A favorite hasn't won since 2018, and Rich Strike won in 2022 with 80-1 odds. (How are odds calculated?)

The Derby serves as the first leg in horse racing's Triple Crown series. Preceding the Derby this evening is the Kentucky Oaks (5:51 pm ET), showcasing 3-year-old fillies or young female horses. See Derby predictions here.

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