Kentucky Derby 2014: All the Dates, Times & Info You Need to Know

Jockey Joel Rosario rides Orb to victory at the Derby in 2013. (Getty)

Jockey Joel Rosario rides Orb to victory at the Derby in 2013. (Getty)

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is approaching, and excitement is building for the oldest continuously run sporting event in the world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the race and related events:

1. The Race Is Saturday, May 3

Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs

The 139th running of the Derby in 2013. (Getty)

The Derby always takes place on the first Saturday of May, which comes fairly early this year. Gates at Churchill Downs open at 8 a.m., with the first race of the day at 10:30.

The Derby is the 11th race of the day at Churchill Downs, and has a post time of 6:24 p.m. Here’s a look at the full race day schedule.

The Kentucky Oaks, the Derby’s counterpart for fillies, is Friday, May 2, with a post time of 5:45 p.m. (Like the Derby, gates open at 8 a.m.)

2.There’s Plenty of TV Coverage

The Kentucky Derby festival, which includes everything from a marathon to a wine fest, has been going on in various forms since January.

The Derby Festival website has a full list of events. The U.S. Bank Great Balloon Fest is going on April 24-26, and more than a dozen other events are scheduled before the Derby.

The Festival also includes the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, which features top Kentucky and Indiana high school players and took place April 18. Watch video from the game above.

5.California Chrome Is the Favorite

Santa Anita Derby champion California Chrome is the early favorite, with 7/4 odds, according to Danza and Wicked Strong are both at 8/1, with Vicars in Trouble at 10/1 and Hopportunity at 14/1.

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