California Chrome made 5-2 Kentucky Derby favorite

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The 140th Kentucky Derby is taking place this afternoon at Churchill Downs, and you can watch NBC's coverage right here on WTHR Channel 13.

Nineteen 3-year-olds are taking part in this year's first leg of the Horse Racing Triple Crown. The field was reduced to 19 on Friday when the owners of Pablo Del Monte decided to pass on the race. Trainer Wesley Ward says the owners will wait to run in the Preakness on May 17. Pablo Del Monte joined the field after Hoppertunity was scratched Thursday because of a minor foot injury.

The No. 1 spot in the starting gate will be empty and the 19 horses will use posts 2 through 20.

California Chrome was made the early favorite at 5-2 odds with Wicked Strong, named for the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing last year, rated at 6-1.

Chrome has won four straight races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War Emblem.

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