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When is the Kentucky Derby 2019? Start Time, TV Channel, Race Positions

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When is the Kentucky Derby 2019? Start Time, TV Channel, Race Positions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The new favorite enters the Kentucky Derby seeking his first win of 2019 and tops several contenders on modest winning streaks that could factor large in the sport's marquee race.

The entire event along with pre-race coverage and more on NBC, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com will be streamed on NBCSN Friday through Saturday. Undercard races will start on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET, but coverage will run from 12-3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live event coverage from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will take place on Saturday with a post time of 6:50 p.m. ET. The complete Kentucky Derby schedule can be found here

Game Winner is now the favorite to win Saturday after Omaha Beach was scratched.

He has already won more than $1 million and seeks a bigger payday of $1.86 million along with a garland of roses. He's among a trio of horses trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who's chasing a record-tying sixth Derby win and second in a row after Triple Crown winner Justify.

The challenge for each horse in Saturday's 145th running at Churchill Downs is beating 19 others over 1 1/4 mile in the longest race of their careers. The first quarter-mile figures to be a logjam before things begin shaking out to determine the real contenders.

What time does the kentucky Derby start?

Undercard races will start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

What time does the final Kentucky Derby race actually begin?

The final Kentuck Derby race begins at 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

What is Poll position order for the Kentucky Derby?

Pos.    Horse Names

2          War of Will

3          Tax

4          By My Standards

5          Gray Magician

6           Improbable

7          Vekoma

8          Maximum Security

9          Tacitus

10        Plus Que Parfait

11        Cutting Humor

12        Code of Honor

13        Win Win Win

14        Master Fencer

15        Game Winner

16        Roadster

17        Long Range Toddy

18        Spinoff

19        Country House

20        Bodexpress

             Omaha Beach - SCRATCH

             Haikal - SCRATCH

Which horse is favored to win the Kentucky Derby?

Game Winner is the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby at 9-2. Game Winner is followed by Roadster and Improbable (both at 5-1). The previous favorite Omaha Beach pulled out of the race on Thursday because of a breathing problem. 

Some horses that could make the race interesting:

GAME WINNER (Post No. 16, 9-2 odds)

The Bob Baffert-trained colt, now the Derby favorite with Omaha Beach scratched, won last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs to cap a 4-0 campaign as the top 2-year-old with three Grade 1 wins. Game Winner hasn't won since then but his consecutive seconds as a 3-year-old have been close. He finished a half-length behind Baffert stablemate Roadster in last month's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, a performance that came a just few weeks after he fell a nose short of Omaha Beach in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He has earned $1.846 million lifetime and gives Baffert one of three chances to win his sixth Derby and tie Ben Jones for the most all time. Joel Rosario will make his fifth consecutive start atop the horse.

MAXIMUM SECURITY (No. 7, 8-1)

Won the Florida Derby by an impressive 3 1/2 lengths for his first graded stakes triumph while improving to 4-0 lifetime. One of two Derby entrants owned by Gary and Mary West -- Game winner is the other -- the son of New Year's Day and Street Cry by Lil Indy has won his starts by a combined 37 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park. The bay colt has quickly moved to the front in all but his second race, which he closed strongly to win by 6 1/2 lengths. Figures to set the pace with a post in the middle. Trained by Jason Servis and ridden by Luis Saez, Maximum Security has won $649,400 but will be racing for the first time outside the Sunshine State.

ROADSTER (No. 17, 5-1)

The Baffert-trained gray colt established himself as a Derby favorite by beating Game Winner by a half-length to win the Santa Anita Derby for his third victory in four career starts. That signature win avenged his third-place finish behind Game Winner and Rowayton in last September's Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Has earned $706,200 lifetime. Has usually saved his best for the stretch run. His sire, Quality Road, earned seven graded stakes among his eight wins. Jockey Florent Geroux will mount Roadster for the first time in place of Hall of Famer and 2018 Triple Crown winner Mike Smith, who rode the first four starts but chose to ride Omaha Beach in the Derby. Smith is now without a mount.

TACITUS (No. 8, 8-1)

Enters the Derby atop the standings with 150 points following consecutive Grade 2 stakes wins in the Wood Memorial and Tampa Bay Derby. Can give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first Derby triumph along with three in the Belmont Stakes. Has followed a fourth-place debut at Belmont as a 2-year-old with three wins in a row. Has earned $653,000 in his career. Able to get through traffic to the front. Jockey Jose Ortiz will make his fifth trip atop the son of Tapit and Close Hatches by First Defence.

IMPROBABLE (No. 5, 5-1)

Baffert's third colt has been second in both 2019 starts, finishing a length behind Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby and a neck behind Long Range Toddy in the Rebel Stakes. A five-length victory in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity capped his 3-0 record as a 2-year-old. Has won $619,520 in his career. He has worked to be in the hunt early and will have a good post position to work with. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount.

Maryland native, tennis star Frances Tiafoe tests positive for the coronavirus

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Maryland native, tennis star Frances Tiafoe tests positive for the coronavirus

Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Hyattsville, Maryland native said in a Twitter post on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, I tested positive late Friday for Covid-19 and have to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup special event in Atlanta this weekend. Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago," Tiafoe's tweet read. 

This week Tiafoe was playing in the unsanctioned All-American Team Cup in Atlanta, Ga. With the ATP and WTA tours, the sports' official sanctioning bodies, suspended, there have been no events since March. This exhibition was to serve as an option to get some of the top American males back on the court ahead of the season starting in August. 

The All-American Team Cup is a team event that does have fans in attendance. Tiafoe, 22, was the captain of Team Stars with Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul. On Friday, Tiafoe played Sam Querrey for a straight-sets victory.

RELATED: DJOKOVIC'S EVENT SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKE-UP CALL

Tiafoe's positive test comes on the heels of Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour that resulted in four players testing positive for COVID-19, including Djokovic. Health and safety protocols were not followed based on photos and videos released from the event. In Atlanta, the event was looking to learn from the missteps at Djokovic's tournament and had rigorous procedures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, even with a limited amount of fans. 

“Like all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests," the All-American Team Cup said in a statement. "Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was retested and tested positive. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event. Upon learning this information, we immediately began deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, and enacted protocols in place for contact tracing and alerting individuals who may have been exposed. The health and safety of our event participants, staff and attendees are a top priority, and we will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials."

Christopher Eubanks will replace Tiafoe in the event and it will continue on as scheduled. 

Tiafoe was ranked No. 81 in the world when the rankings points froze in March. He has verbally committed to play in Washington D.C.'s Citi Open on August 13 which is set to be the first sanctioned men's tennis tournament when the sport restarts action. 

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

The 44-year-old Johnson is the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive and the news cast a shadow over the historic NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader races coming up Saturday and Sunday. There was no indication any races would be affected.

Hendrick Motorsports said Johnson will not return until he is cleared by a physician. He has no symptoms, but was tested today after his wife tested positive.

Johnson earlier Friday held a Zoom session with reporters to discuss Sunday's race and an upcoming test of an Indy car on the road course at the fabled venue. He will now miss that test, as well as what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400. Justin Allgaier will replace him Sunday in the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Johnson is scheduled to retire from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the season and was trying to tie Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher as the only five-time winners at Indianapolis.

Johnson has made 663 consecutive Cup Series starts -- the longest streak among active drivers -- and is currently 12th in the standings, 63 points inside the playoff picture. NASCAR's rules state a driver must be symptom free and have two negative coronavirus tests in a 24-hour span to return.

Johnson could potentially also miss the Cup race at Kentucky and the All-Star race at Bristol. Next week's test of the road course at Indy in Scott Dixon's car has also been scrapped.

NASCAR was one of the first sports to resume competition from the pandemic shutdown and has completed 11 Cup races since its May 17 return. The sanctioning body does not test for coronavirus but participants are required to do a temperature check as they enter the facility.

Drivers have been told to isolate at the track and there is very little interaction beyond radio conversation between the competitor and his crew.

Although Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske both said they've had positive tests from shop-based team members, Johnson is the first driver. Earlier Friday, Brazilian sports car driver Felipe Nasr said he had tested positive and will miss Saturday's IMSA event at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson earlier Friday discussed the Indy car test scheduled with Chip Ganassi Racing, which he said was the first step in determining if actual races are in his future. If he's any good, he said, he would be open to racing all 12 street and road course events on the IndyCar schedule.

Johnson has long said safety concerns would keep him from racing on IndyCar oval tracks, but Friday he offered a surprisingly softer stance about the Indy 500. IndyCar this year unveiled its aeroscreen windshield designed to protect the drivers from debris as they sit in the open-air cockpits. Saturday will mark just the second race with the device, but it appeared problem-free last month on the oval at high-speed Texas Motor Speedway.

“Their safety on ovals has dramatically increased this year with the windscreen. So, I’ll keep a close eye on things there and see how the safety level looks,” Johnson said. “I’ve always wanted to race the Indy 500. I’d have to do a lot of selling to my wife to get that pass, but my true desire right now is to just run the road courses.”

Johnson has his eye on the street course race in Long Beach, California, a race that was canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic but is one of the most storied events on the IndyCar calendar at a track just a couple hours from his native El Cajon.

“When I was a kid growing up, the closest IndyCar racing for me was at Long Beach so one of my hopes is that I am able to race at Long Beach,” Johnson said. "I hung on the fence a lot as a kid watching and dreaming. .... There’s a lot of sentimental value with that race and I hope to race there.”

He is stuck in a three-year losing streak but Hendrick Motorsports has been dramatically improved this season and Johnson has been competitive. He has also been actively prepping for a whirl in an Indy car and had been scheduled to test with the McLaren team before the pandemic.

“It’s a test, it’s a tryout and it’s a two-way street. Two-way tryout for the team to look at me and for myself to look at a team,” he said. "If I’m about four seconds off the pace, then that’s probably a quick sign that I don’t need to be in one of these cars. If I’m within a certain amount of time and I have a good feel of the car, then for me, I feel like that’s an important first step that I need to know that I can be competitive.

“I do not want to go race in any series and not be competitive," he said.