Kentucky Derby 2012: Breaking Down The Top Horses, Trainers And Jockeys

Horses will post for the 2012 Kentucky Derby at 6:24 p.m. ET on Saturday, leaving you a full day-plus to get caught up on this year's most intriguing story lines among the horses, trainers and jockeys. Thankfully Matt Gardner, SB Nation's resident horse racing expert and blogger at And Down The Stretch They Come, is here to give us a last minute primer on what to watch for this year at Churchill Downs:

Bodemeister is still your odds-on favorite at 4-1 to win this year's Kentucky Derby, though in a close field his lack of experience as a juvenile could work against him. Union Rags sits second on the money line with 9-2 odds. His trainer, Michael Matz, won the Kentucky Derby in 2007 with Street Sense. Finally, expect a lot of eyes to be locked on Take Charge Indy out of Hole 3 at 15-1 odds. He is being ridden by Louisville darling Calvin Borel, who is shooting to move into second place all-time among jockeys with a fourth career Derby victory.

For more on the world of horse racing, head to And Down The Stretch They Come. For more on the 2012 Kentucky Derby, keep it locked to this StoryStream.

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