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140th Kentucky Derby airs on NBC: Photos of contenders

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The 140th Kentucky Derby is being held at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Known as "The most exciting two minutes in sports," the Derby is being covered live by NBC Sports.

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Join the excitement by tuning into NBCSN at noon to see the pre-race coverage. The Run for the Roses will be televised on NBC, starting at 4 p.m.. The Kentucky Derby Post-Race coverage will be back on NBCSN at 7 p.m. Fans can also capture the mood on the official Kentucky Derby Facebook page.

Contenders are: California Chrome, Candy Boy, Chitu, Commanding Curve, Dance with Fate, Danza, General A Rod, Harry's Holiday, Hoppertunity, Intense Holiday, Medal Count, Pablo Del Monte, Ride on Curlin, Samraat, Tapiture, Uncle Sigh, Vicar's in Trouble, We Miss Artie, Wicked Strong and Wildcat Red. See the Kentucky Derby/horses website for information about the horses, jockeys, trainers and owners. Attached is a photo slideshow of the horses in training.

Commentators include Bob Costas, Tom Hammond and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens. Adding to the commentary are contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; reporter Kenny Rice and on-track reporter Donna Brothers.

In addition to thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for celebrity watching, fancy hats, fashion and mint juleps. Reporting on the features are Today Show's Jenna Wolfe. Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos will handle celebrity interviews.

Adding to today's Derby coverage are race caller Larry Collmus, the track announcer at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park who replaces Tom Durkin; Laffit Pincay, III, son of Hall-of-Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., will host the coverage on VERSUS; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; and the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman.

The NBC Sports Group is covering all three races of the Triple Crown this season. This marks the first time that the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes will all be one network since NBC last aired the Triple Crown in 2005.

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