The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite.
Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter.
In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race.
1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)
Ryan Murphy won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting a world record in the process. After that, he returned to Cal only to add to a historical career.
As the timeline approaches three weeks until what would have been the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Murphy understood he, along with other athletes, had to do their part in order to maintain safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was really challenging to have that maturity to realize that it’s not all about sports and we’ve got to protect our communities,” Murphy told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ Lunch Talk Live.
That doesn’t mean he’s not training, of course.
Murphy credited doing pull-ups on trees, running up hills and even pushing cars in order to stay in shape during a time like this as he preps for 2021.
The 2017 Cal grad finished his collegiate career becoming the fourth man in NCAA history to sweep both distances of one stroke all four years (the 100- and 200-yard backstroke).
He remains in Berkeley where he continues to train.
Racing fans were hoping to watch the 2020 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
But due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 104th running of the race has been postponed until Aug. 23.
Don't worry, though. NBC has you covered with a special re-airing of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with added features.
NBC Sports' Mike Tirico will host "Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again" on Sunday. The program will feature fresh commentary and special interviews with 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi.
Here's how you can watch "Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again" online and on TV:
When: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT