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Photos: The 2018 Kentucky Derby

Photos: The 2018 Kentucky Derby

Justify won the 144th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Even if you didn't make the trip to Kentucky, you can still catch all the action - and whip up a few homemade mint juleps - from the 2018 Kentucky Derby live from the comfort of your own homeNBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are livestreaming the Kentucky Derby for the first time this year.

Here's what has pointed to Kentucky Derby winners over the past five years or so: A colt that has won all his outings as a 3-year-old - as long as there weren't more than three of them.

Also known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports", this year's big race will feature 20 horses and their riders all competing for a grand prize of $2 million, according to Sporting News.

Considered to be "the biggest race in the world, the Kentucky Derby has millions of people from all over the world placing bets on which horse might win". He broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park on January 13, won by 4 1/2 furlongs in a six-furlong race and has not been challenged yet. One of his other entrants is undefeated Magnum Moon who, like Justify, never raced as a 2-year-old.

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In his debut, he won by nine and a half lengths, which would easily be a Derby record.

"We don't mind a little rain, we adapted", Phillips said, as they stood under an overhang at a wagering window to try to stay out of the rain.

It's an incredibly talented field this year, with reasons to both love and doubt every horse entering the day with good odds. "I've been there with the best horses that God made, and I know what it's like". In seven career starts, he has four wins, one second and zero thirds. But he's also got the Apollo Curse to overcome. Jockeys want to avoid anything that would prevent their horse from getting into rhythm, like being bumped, cut off or blocked.

However, by the early 1900s, black jockeys were no longer allowed to ride a horse in the Kentucky Derby as Jim Crow, a policy of exclusion and threats of violence kept black jockeys off the tracks.

This is a bad post position, and there's no indication that Combatant, with one win in eight starts, can muster much from it.

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