The 148th Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a post time of 6:57 p.m. at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. The Run for the Roses is considered the world’s biggest race and is historically the first of the Triple Crown races.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the order of the Triple Crown races has shifted over the past two years, but the Kentucky Derby is back as the race that kicks everything off.
Zandon currently has the best odds to win it all at 3-1, followed by Epicenter at 7-2, Messier at 8-1, White Abarrio at 10-1 and Mo Donegal also at 10-1 odds. Mandaloun is the defending Kentucky Derby winner, after legendary trainer Bob Baffert’s horse Medina Spirit was stripped of the victory for testing positive for a banned substance after the race.
Weather conditions can have a large impact on the race, so looking at the forecast is crucial. Here is a look at the weather predictions for Saturday:
2021 Kentucky Derby forecast
Service: The Weather Channel
Projected weather: Cloudy in the afternoon
Projected temperatures: High of 62, low of 54 degrees
Race-time projection: 62 degrees
Chance of rain: 5% chance at time of race
Projected weather: Mostly cloudy, breezy and “the track could still be muddy for the Derby.”
Projected temperatures: High of 63, real feel of 59 degrees
Race-time projection: Mostly cloudy and breezy
Chance of rain: 25% chance of rain during the afternoon