On Saturday, one of the most historic horse races of the year will take place as the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby gets under way.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 7 at Louisville, Kentucky’s Churchill Downs.
This year, you can even follow the action on your mobile phone. You can read about the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby horses, view slideshows of these athletes in action, and start picking your favorites…right from your mobile device.
You can get the Kentucky Derby apps for iPhone and Android here.
The Kentucky Derby Festival has a full lineup of celebrities ready to appear at this year’s Pegasus Parade and Celebrity Luncheon.
Among the guests to be at the events are actor and comedian Tracy Morgan of NBC’s 30 Rock (UPDATE: Morgan has cancelled his appearance); Kate Gosselin of TLC’s Kate Plus 8; actress, singer and songwriter Raven-Symone; Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of VH1′s What Chilli Want; and 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan. Actress Vicki Gunvalson of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County will appear at the luncheon.
Both events will also feature the four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who will be grand marshals for the parade. Bellarmine University basketball coach Scott Davenport will attend the luncheon. Davenport and the team, which won this year’s NCAA Division II national championship, will be honorary grand marshals.
Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri; actor, producer and playwright Eugene Pack; poker legend Robert Williamson III; and actress Jennifer Tilly have all been added to the luncheon guest list. Williamson will also ride in the Pegasus Parade.
Oteri, Pack, and Tilly are also guests of the Kentucky Center’s “Celebrity Autobiography” event Thursday. Williamson is a host of the Oaks Eve Derby Poker Championship on Thursday at the Louisville Palace.
The parade and luncheon will be held on May 5, 2011 in Louisville. For more information, visit www.derbyfestival.org.
Here is an abbreviated version of the 2011 Kentucky Derby TV schedule (view the full schedule here):
Wednesday, May 4
Derby Post Position Draw, 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST, Versus
Friday, May 6
Kentucky Oaks coverage, 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST, Versus
Kentucky Oaks, 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST, Versus
Saturday, May 7
Kentucky Derby Undercard, 11 a.m. EST / 8 a.m. PST, Versus
Kentucky Red Carpet Special, 4 p.m. / 1 p.m. PST, NBC
The 137th Kentucky Derby, 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST, NBC
The 2011 Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 7, 2011 and Kentucky Derby post time is 6:24 p.m. EST/ 3:24 p.m. PST.
Here are the 2011 Kentucky Derby odds:
Kentucky Derby 2011 Odds
(Toby’s Corner has been scratched with a leg injury)
Dialed In 3/1
Uncle Mo 4/1
Mucho Macho Man 14/1
Midnight Interlude 15/1
Master of Hounds 16/1
Pants On Fire 22/1
Stay Thirsty 25/1
Twice the Appeal 25/1
Animal Kingdom 30/1
Comma to the Top 35/1
Derby Kitten 35/1
Sway Away 35/1
Brilliant Speed 40/1
Watch Me Go 50/1
Decisive Moment 60/1