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What time does Kentucky Derby start? 2019 Churchill Downs race schedule

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What time does Kentucky Derby start? 2019 Churchill Downs race schedule

The 145th Kentucky Derby might be the most exciting two minutes in sports, but there will be plenty of other horse racing Saturday at Churchill Downs. 

The Derby is the 12th of 14 races scheduled at the iconic venue, with the first starting at 7:30 a.m. PT. That might be a bit early for watch parties here on the West Coast, but you will have plenty of opportunities to whet your horse-racing whistle before the main event begins at 3:50 p.m. PT/6:50 p.m. ET.

Pre-race television coverage begins on NBCSN at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET, then shifts to NBC at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET. You can stream NBC's coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby live on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app. 

[RELATED: Watch NBC's Kentucky Derby betting show online]

Here all 14 races scheduled on Derby Day:

1. WPS EX DD P3 P5, 7:30 a.m. PT
2. WPS EX DD P3 P4, 8:01 a.m. PT
3. WPS EX DD P3, 8:31 a.m. PT
4. WPS EX DD P3 P5, 9:03 a.m. PT
5. WPS EX DD P3 P4, 9:35 a.m. PT
6. WPS EX DD P3, 10:13 a.m. PT
7. WPS EX DD P3 S6, 10:55 a.m. PT
8. WPS EX DD P3 P5, 11:45 a.m. PT
9. WPS EX DD P3 P4, 12:37 p.m. PT
10. WPS EX DD P3 P5, 1:28 p.m. PT
11. Old Forester Turf Classic, 2:25 p.m. PT
12. 145th Kentucky Derby, 3:50 p.m. PT
13. WPS EX DD, 4:50 p.m. PT
14. WPS EX, 5:20 p.m. PT

Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

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)

Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

It's anyone's race at this Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Omaha Beach, the prohibitive favorite entering the 145th iteration of "The Run for the Roses," was scratched from the race Wednesday with a breathing issue. The horse was a 4-1 morning-line favorite, and Omaha Beach's absence has scrambled the Derby's odds.

Game Winner (9-2) now is the favorite, while Roadster and the (now ironically named) Improbable aren't far behind in a tie for the second-best odds (5-1), according to Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia (H/T Lexington Herald-Leader). Bodexpress (30-1), who will now run in the field in Omaha Beach's absence, is not the field's longest longshot. That distinction belongs to Gray Magician, who will run the race at 50-1 odds. 

You can watch the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on NBC, and streaming on the NBC Sports App and on NBCSports.com. Here are the full odds for the Derby, courtesy of Battaglia. 

Game Winner 9-2
Improbable 5-1
Roadster 5-1
Maximum Security 8-1
Tacitus 8-1
Code of Honor 12-1
Win Win Win 12-1
By My Standards 15-1
Vekoma 15-1
War of Will 15-1
Tax 20-1
Bodexpress 30-1
Country Horse 30-1
Cutting Humor 30-1
Haikal 30-1
Long Range Toddy 30-1
Plus Que Parfait 30-1
Spinoff 30-1