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History made at Churchill Downs with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby

6:35 p.m. - California Chrome, the favorite, wins the 140th Kentucky Derby.

 


 

6:23 p.m. - Churchill Downs announces the second largest crowd every for the Kentucky Derby - 164,906.


 

3:25 p.m. - Steve Crump, a Louisville native and member of the Raycom News Network, profiles Tom Hammond and folks at NBC Sports who will be hosting the national broadcast of Kentucky Derby 140.


 

2:41 p.m. - Kevin Harned visits with track announcer Larry Collmus and get a lot at his view for Derby 140.


 

2:09 p.m. - Scott Reynolds shows off his socks for Derby 140.


 

1:58 p.m. - Janelle MacDonald interviews former UofL basketball player Russ Smith on the Churchill Downs red carpet.


1:50 p.m. - Here's an update about the jockeys involved in the race 3 spill. Megan Fadlovich, the jockey of Grand Slam Kid, is in fair condition. Marcelino Pedroza, who was aboard Ranger Regiment, is listed in good condition. James Graham, who was on Swift Humor, was not hurt. Graham went on to ride the winner in race 5.


12:20 p.m. - The jockeys involved in the Race 3 spill have been taken to Audubon Hospital for treatment. Injuries are not life-threatening.


11:40 a.m. - Three jockeys involved in spill on the backstretch during Race 3. One jockey placed on backboard by track emergency workers. Nature of injuries unknown at this time. Two other jockeys seen up and walking. Condition of the horses involved is not known.


11:20 a.m. - Are you looking for the latest odds so you can make your Derby bet? Click the following link to get them: http://bit.ly/1kFg8B7.


10:20 a.m. - Bugler Steve Buttleman has played the National Anthem to begin the racing day. Post time for Race 1 is 10 minutes away.


9:40 a.m. - With an escort by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the Garland of Roses has arrived at Churchill Downs.


9:05 a.m. - The Garland of Roses that will be draped over the winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby has left the Middletown Kroger and is headed to Churchill Downs. 


8:15 a.m. - The gates at Churchill Downs have been open for 15 minutes. Fans are heading to the infield to claim the viewing sports for today's racing card, but with the addition of the Big Board no one should miss any of the action.


LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The twin spires of Churchill Downs will overlook history on Saturday when one 3-year-old thoroughbred crosses the finish line first at the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.

The Derby field was reduced to 19 horses on Friday after the owners of Pablo Del Monte decided to pass on the race. The "also eligible" 21st Derby horse suddenly found a spot in the starting gate when Hoppertunity was scratched because of a hint of a foot problem. Pablo Del Monte's trainer Wesley Ward said Friday the horse's owners will wait to run in the Preakness on May 17.

[RELATED STORY: Track neighbor continues decades-long Derby weekend tradition]

The Derby field is limited to 20 thoroughbreds. California Chrome is considered the horse to beat.

Having already won Friday's Kentucky Oaks race aboard Untapable, Rosie Napravnik will chase history on Saturday in hopes of riding Vicar's In Trouble to victory and becoming the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby.

One Derby first that's a given is the newest landmark at Churchill Downs: the $12 million high-definition video screen that towers 170 feet over the backstretch. It is bigger than three NBA basketball courts.

A warmer, sunnier Derby forecast than last year's should provide a Derby attendance boost. Wet weather caused a dip last year from 2012's record of more than 165,000 attendees. Only 151,616 people turned out for the Run for the Roses in 2013.

The 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby race has been dubbed "fastest two minutes in sports." It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing. The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978.

WAVE 3 News will provide live coverage from Churchill Downs throughout the day. WAVE3.com will live stream NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby beginning at 4 p.m.

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