Kentucky Derby 147: Your complete guide to this years Run for the Roses – WLKY Louisville
SCOTT ACRE AND IS A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF WHAT HAPPENS HERE CHURCHILL DOWNS. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, IT IS GORGEOUS AND SO NICE TO SEE THE BEHIND THE SCENES. HE IS ACTUALLY UP IN THE AIR IN THE CHOPPER RIGHT NOW. JULIE:. HE LOVES IT HERE MATT, WE ALL LOVE IT WHEN WE HAVE A GOOD FORECAST IN STORE. TALK TO US ABOUT THE TEMPERATURES WE ARE GOING TO BE REACHING LATER TODAY. MATT: MUCH BETTER TEMPERATURES THAN WHAT WE HAVE THIS MORNING WITH A CHILLY START. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ALL THE RAIN LIKE WE HAD IN 2018. VERY NICE WEATHER. IT IS THE BIGGEST DAY AND HORSERACING ACROSS OUR CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, AND I WOULD ARGUE, THE WORLD. WE WILL TALK ABOUT NICE WEATHER FOR THE RACE CARD ONCE WE GET THESE TEMPERATURES HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SUNNY SKIES OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, BUT A COLD 44 DEGREES CURRENTLY IN THE METRO. BREEZES ARE CALM, BUT THAT WAS FROM LAST CHECK AT THE AIRPORT. JUST RECENTLY, STARTING TO SEE SOME LEAVES RUSTLE ON THE TREES. THAT IS A SIGN THE TREES ARE STARTING TO — AIR IS STARTED TO WARM THE ATMOSPHERE. 39 DEGREES IN JEFF AND SHIVELY AND VALLEY STATION TO 40 IN ST. MATTHEWS AND FERN CREEK. ACROSS THE AREA, WE HAVE EVEN BEEN A LITTLE FROSTY IN SPOTS. UP AROUND NORTH VERNON, CARROLLTON, YOU HAVE BEEN GOING BACK-AND-FORTH ON EITHER SIDE OF 30 DEGREES. 41 UP TOWARD BEDFORD, PAOLI AND ENGLISH, INDIANA. DEFINITELY A CHILLY START, BUT WE WILL BE WARMING QUICKLY WITH MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES. WE WILL CARRY THAT THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY AND THAT GETS TEMPERATURES QUICKLY HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. 50’S BY THE FIRST RACE OF THE DAY. 59 DEGREES. 3:40 IN RACE 9. WE PEAK AROUND 77 TODAY. KENTUCKY DERBY GOES OFF AT 6:57. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE CHILL TO THE AIR LIKE WE HAD THIS MORNING FOR TOMORROW MORNING. THAT IS GOING TO BE THE BEGINNING SIGNS OF SOME CHANGES THAT WILL START TO BRING IN SOME RAIN CHANCES BY THE END OF THE WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK. RIGHT NOW, WE SEND IT BACK OVER TO YOU. JULIE: LOOKING FABULOUS. THIS MORNING, WE HAVE LIVE TEAM COVERAGE GETTING YOU READY FOR KENTUCKY DERBY 147. CARAY: WE ARE CHECKING BACK IN WITH MARVIS HERRING, OUTSIDE THE TRACK WITH SOME NEWS. MARVIS: GOOD MORNING. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE EXPECTING A SMALLER CROWD INSIDE OF THE TRACK THIS YEAR, LMPD SAYS SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY IN KEEPING EVERYONE IN AND AROUND THE TRACK SAFE. THEY SAY THEY WILL HAVE A SMALLER COVERAGE AREA THIS YEAR. AGAIN, THEY ARE FOCUSED ON KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE. IN THEIR TRAFFIC PLAN, THERE WILL BE DESIGNATED AREAS FOR RIDESHARES AND SHUTTLES AS WELL AS AREAS SHUT DOWN TO TRAFFIC. OFFICIALS SAY THE PLANS PRIORITIZE GETTING PATRONS TO AND FROM THE VENUE SAFELY. IT’S STILL AN ALL HANDS ON DECK OPERATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT BUT THE SMALLER CROWD SIZE IS BENEFICIAL FOR THOSE WHO LIVE NEAR CHURCHILL DOWNS. >> THE FOOTPRINT WITH RESPECT TO RESTRICTIONS, ROADWAY CLOSURES AND NO PARKING AREAS IS A LOT SMALLER THIS YEAR AND SO MY HO IS, WE DON’T INCONVENIENCE A LARGE SWATH OF THE COMMUNITY. MARVIS: OF COURSE, YOU CAN PARK IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE SHUTTLE THAT RUNS FROM KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER DOWN TO THE JIM PATTERSON BASEBALL STADIUM. SHUTTLES START RUNNING 8:00 A.M., AND IF YOU WANT A RIDE-SHARE DRIVER, YOU’LL NEED TO BE IN THE LOT AT WAGNER’S PHARMACY, DRIVERS WILL BE STATIONED AT NEARBY CARDINAL STADIUM. IT SHOULD NOT TAKE TOO LONG. EVEN IF ANY PROTESTS WERE TO SPARK, LMPD SAYS THEY HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR THAT AS WELL. WE WILL BE TRACKING EVERYTHING FOR YOU. THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE WLKY MOBILE UP. CARAY: THANK YOU. A LOT OF GREAT OPTIONS GETTING HERE TO THE TRACK, GETTING A RIDE TO AND FROM. THIS COULD BE THE FIRST YEAR THAT A LOUISVILLE TRAINER WINS THE ROSES. JULIE: WOULDN’T THAT BE EXCITING? WLKY’S ANDREW CHERNOFF HAS A LOOK AT THE CONTENDERS TO MAKE THE DERBY WINNER’S CIRCLE. ANDREW: ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORYLINES IS THAT NO LOUISVILLE BORN TRAINER HAS WON THAT RACE. ALTHOUGH BRIAN COX IS HOPING TO CHANGE THAT ON SATURDAY. >> IT WOULD BE THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT WE HAVE HAD AN WE CANNOT HAVE ONE ANY BIGGER. IT WOULD BE VERY SPECIAL. ANDREW: SPECIAL INDEED BUT NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY SINCE COX TRAINS MORNING-LINE FAVORITE ESSENTIAL QUALITY. >> OBVIOUSLY, THE DRAW, THERE WAS SOME ANXIETY WITH THE DRAW AND ESSENTIAL QUALITIES NAME HAVE NOT BEEN CALLED. THAT WAS IN ACTIONS MOMENT. ANDREW: COX THINKS HIS OTHER DERBY CONTENDER, MANDALOON, HAS A CHANCE AS WELL THIS WEEKEND… HE’LL START IN POST POSITION 7. >> THE TALENT IS THERE. WE WILL FIND OUT TOMORROW IF HE HAS GOT HIS GAME FACE ON. ANDREW: A TRAINER WHO ALWAYS HAS HIS GAME-FACE ON IS BOB BAFFERT. BAFFERT HAS ONE HORSE IN THE FIELD, MEDINA SPIRIT. WITH MORNING LINE ODDS OF 15 TO 1. A WIN SATURDAY AND BAFFERT WOULD BECOME THE FIRST TRAINER TO WIN THE DERBY SEVEN TIMES. ELSEWHERE ON THE BACKSIDE, WE FIND THE BARN OF TODD PLETCHER. HE’S GOT FOUR HORSES RUNNING IN THE RACE AND IS HOPING TO WIN, JUST LIKE HE DID IN 2017 AND 2010. ARGUABLY HIS BEST BET TO FINISH FIRST THIS YEAR WILL BE KNOWN AGENDA, WHO PULLED THE FIRST SLOT. READY TO GO JUST LIKE ROCK YOUR WORLD AND HOT ROD CHARLIE. TWO OTHER HORSES MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE COULD WIN THE RACE. CARAY: A FEW MORE CONTENDERS YOU COULD BET ON. MATT, YOU HAVE GOT TO PLACE THOSE BETS. WE ARE BETTING ON A GREAT FORECAST. MATT: THE IS SIMILAR ODDS TO WHAT ESSENTIAL QUALITY HAS TODAY. THE 1-1 IS AN EVEN MONEY FORECAST. WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT NUMBERS THAT ARE GOING TO GO FROM THE 40’S TO THE 70’S. WHAT IS HELPING US IS THE SUNSHINE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE ON DERBY MORNING. CHOPPER HD HAS BEEN SHOWING US THIS EARLIER — THIS FOOTAGE. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIG LED SCREEN OUT ON THE TRACK THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS KEEP AN EYE ON WHEN YOU ARE IN THE INFIELD. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SAME NUMBERS IN TERMS OF CROWD SIZE THIS YEAR, BUT IT IS NICE
Kentucky Derby 147: Your complete guide to this year’s Run for the Roses
Updated: 9:44 AM EDT May 1, 2021
It’s the greatest 2 minutes in sports. The Run for the Roses. The first Saturday in May. The rite of spring in the Bluegrass.It’s the Kentucky Derby.On Saturday, the 147th race will take place at Churchill Downs as it does every year. It’ll be a lot different than in the past, but still more normal than the last.Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the biggest event in Louisville:The horsesEach year, 20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby.The morning line favorite was Essential Quality. The favorite as of 2 p.m. on Friday was Hot Rod Charlie, but was back to Essential Quality by evening with 2-1 odds.→ Current leaderboard→ Horse study guideAs of Friday afternoon, one horse has scratched: King Fury, leaving only 19 for Saturday’s race. Click here for a look at all the remaining horses.Make your betNow that you know the horses, time to make your bet. If you’re going, you can bet at Churchill Downs. You can also place bets online, by clicking here.Not sure what you’re doing? This page includes expert tips and a betting calculator.How to watchThe big race is at 6:57 p.m.The race is open to fans again this year, but at reduced capacity — so you can go to the track. Click here to find tickets. It can also be watched on NBC Sports, and of course, we’ll have all your highlights on WLKY.com.Important traffic notesAs usual, several roads are closed and traffic patterns are different around Churchill Downs.The big full closure is 4th Street from Heywood Avenue to Oakdale Avenue from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.Click here to see all the restrictions and no parking zones.Changes due to COVID-19Churchill Downs limited seating to 40-50%, up to 60% in certain private areas that allow social distancing.At its peak, 170,000 attended. Churchill Downs officials anticipate about 50,000 people for Oaks and Derby. Masks will be mandatory — which should come as no surprise with a statewide mandate still in place.Churchill Downs says it has implemented a “Compliance Ambassador program” to drive awareness and adoption of public safety measures. Signage is placed throughout the facility, including the Infield, to remind guests to wear masks and practice social distancing.Messaging also will be programmed on television monitors including on the “Big Board.”Weather forecastSunny, and gorgeous. Not much else to say, thank goodness. Mostly sunny and highs in the 70s. Updated weather.The fashionHalf the fun of the Derby is the fashion, of course! And with fans back in the stands, there is sure to be plenty of it.Need help with style?More content
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
It’s the greatest 2 minutes in sports. The Run for the Roses. The first Saturday in May. The rite of spring in the Bluegrass.
It’s the Kentucky Derby.
On Saturday, the 147th race will take place at Churchill Downs as it does every year. It’ll be a lot different than in the past, but still more normal than the last.
Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the biggest event in Louisville:
Each year, 20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby.
The morning line favorite was Essential Quality. The favorite as of 2 p.m. on Friday was Hot Rod Charlie, but was back to Essential Quality by evening with 2-1 odds.
Churchill Downs limited seating to 40-50%, up to 60% in certain private areas that allow social distancing.
At its peak, 170,000 attended. Churchill Downs officials anticipate about 50,000 people for Oaks and Derby.
Masks will be mandatory — which should come as no surprise with a statewide mandate still in place.
Churchill Downs says it has implemented a “Compliance Ambassador program” to drive awareness and adoption of public safety measures. Signage is placed throughout the facility, including the Infield, to remind guests to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Messaging also will be programmed on television monitors including on the “Big Board.”
Sunny, and gorgeous. Not much else to say, thank goodness. Mostly sunny and highs in the 70s. Updated weather.
Half the fun of the Derby is the fashion, of course! And with fans back in the stands, there is sure to be plenty of it.