Saturday, May 4, 2013

Preview: The Kentucky Derby

Three Horses to Watch ... for Those of Us Who Rarely Watch

Update: Highest-rated Kentucky Derby in 21 Years. NBC Sports' coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, won by Orb, drew a 10.4 overnight rating and a 23 share for the race portion (6-7 p.m. ET), up 16% from the 2012 Kentucky Derby, according to overnight data provided today by The Nielsen Company. The 10.4 overnight rating ties the 2010 race as the best for a Kentucky Derby in 21 years (10.9/29 in 1992).

This is a post for everyone (like us) who tunes into horse racing just once a year, on the first Saturday in May when the Kentucky Derby (Saturday - NBC, 4pm Eastern) is run. Here are three horses that those who pay much closer attention say you should know about:

Goldencents. Andrew Beyer of The Washington Post is the nation's best-known horse racing writer and he's "." According to Beyer, the colt's "most recent speed figure towers over his rivals' and [his] running style ought to give him a significant tactical advantage." This morning, Goldencents was a 5-1 choice to win (you can ).

Orb. During workouts this week, Orb has "looked very happy ... and has given every indication he's taken readily to the Churchill Downs surface, with a series of eye-catching gallops." His odds of winning as of this morning: 7-2.

Normandy Invasion. The colt is one of Beyer's "serious contenders." And he's also, , become a "rallying point for WWII veterans." So if you like sentimental favorites, he may be your horse. His odds are a little long, though: 12-1 as of this morning.

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