When is Post Time for the Kentucky Derby (Saturday May 4, 2019)?

There's a new favorite for Saturday's annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Game Winner, one of three horses entered trained by Bob Baffert, will run from the No. 16 post position at 9-2 odds in the 145 running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.

Game Winner has not yet won in 2019, but the horse has claimed more than $1 million in winnings already. Other horses expected to contend in Saturday's Kentucky Derby include Maximum Security, running from the No. 7 position at 8 to 1 odds; Roadster, running from the No. 17 position at 5 to 1 odds); Tacitus, running from the No. 8 position at 8 to 1 odds; and Improbable, running from the No. 5 position at 5 to 1 odds.

Baffert told the media on Thursday that Maximum Security, the Florida Derby winner, should be the favorite instead of Game Winner.

"He should be the favorite," Baffert said. "He's a horse that nobody is talking about and that's a horse that I'm worried about. He's run faster than we have. Put the pressure on Jason, will you?"

What is post time for the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

The horses will be off at precisely 6:50 Eastern Time on Saturday, May 4

TV Channel: NBC (pre-race coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

Kentucky Derby Live Streaming: NBCsports.com/NBC Sports Live app (iOS and Android)

Omaha Beach, the early favorite, was withdrawn from the race late Wednesday due to an entrapped epiglottis that was affecting breathing. Omaha Beach, also trained by Bob Baffart, was scheduled to have surgery today.

The favorite has won the past six Kentucky Derby races, boding well for Game Winner, but conditions may be wet due to a 100 percent chance of rain in Louisville on Saturday. The current forecast shows that the rain may stop by race time, however, as a cold front clears the area. Last year's Kentucky Derby, won by Justify which went on to claim the Triple Crown, was held in a heavy downpour.

Reports Thursday suggested another horse could drop out of Saturday's race also. Haikal, at 30 to 1 odds, is reportedly being treated for an abscess in the left foot. Haikal is the Gotham Stakes winner. The horse did not train on Thursday, according to the AP, and if he can't run again on Friday he'll be scratched.

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