Horses, hats star at Saturday's Kentucky Derby

It's the premier event in horse racing, and it's happening on Saturday. NBC

It's known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, horse racing's premier event.

But today's Kentucky Deby could be a muddy mess.

It's been raining off and on throughout the day, and the rain has made for sloppy conditions on the track.

Saturday's 20-horse field lacks a dominant runner. Races this past winter did not establish a clear favorite.

"Classic Empire" is the 4-to-1 pre-race choice. Two horses, "Always Dreaming" and "McCracken," are the co-second choices at 5-to-1.

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After a soggy start to derby weekend, jockeys are counting on a break in the clouds before the run for the roses.

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