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Posted: May 06, 2017

What's your Derby horse name?

Assistant trainer Alice Clapham maneuvers Kentucky Derby entrant Irish War Cry for a bath area outside Barn 41 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Kentucky Derby horse race is set for Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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Assistant trainer Alice Clapham maneuvers Kentucky Derby entrant Irish War Cry for a bath area outside Barn 41 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Kentucky Derby horse race is set for Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LOUISVILLE —

In honor of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, you can now generate your very own horse name.

Racehorses are known for their colorful names. This year's Kentucky Derby contenders include Thunder Snow, Girvin, McKraken and Patch, the one-eyed horse.

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The Courier-Journal has created an interactive that allows users to enter their first initial and day of birth to create a unique Derby horse name. There's also a random name generator.

Users are encouraged to share their Derby horse name on social media.

The 143rd Kentucky Derby will be run at Churchill Downs Saturday at 6:34 p.m. ET.


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The 2017 Kentucky Derby: What time, what channel, livestream

For the sentimentalist, it’s “the Run for the Roses.” 

For the lover of competition, it’s the “Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports.” 

And if you are a fan of horses and horse racing, it’s the first jewel in the Triple Crown. 

The Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, and the spectacle surrounding the race has drawn thousands to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, for 142 years to watch a field of 3-year-old horses compete for millions in prize money. 

Here’s what you need to know about the race. 

When is the 2017 Kentucky Derby? 

Saturday. 

What time does it start? 

Coverage of the race begins at 2:30 p.m. ET. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. 

What channel is it on? 

NBC will broadcast prerace activities along with the race. 

Is it livestreamed? 

Yes. Click here, NBC Sports Live, to watch on Saturday. 

How far do the horses run? 

1¼ miles. 

What is the track surface? 

Dirt. 

What is the record at the track? 

Secretariat holds the record. The horse ran 1¼ miles in 1:59 and two-fifths seconds. 

What’s the purse for this year’s derby? 

The purse is $2 million; the winner gets $1.425 million. 

Which horses are running in the 2017 Kentucky Derby? 

Classic Empire Always Dreaming Irish War Cry Gunnevera McCraken Irap Tapwrit Gormley Thunder Snow Girvin Practical Joke Conquest Mo Money J Boys Echo Hence Lookin At Lee State of Honor Cloud Computing Patch Battle of Midway Sonneteer Royal Mo Untrapped Fast and Accurate 

Who is the favorite to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby? 

As of Monday, the betting favorites were Classic Empire and Always Dreaming. Always Dreaming is the son of Bodemeister, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 2012. Fast and Accurate may be neither if you listen to oddsmakers. That horse has the worst odds of winning at 66-1. 

Is there anything unusual about the horses in this year’s derby? 

A one-eyed horse is running in the derby. Patch lost his eye last year after a bout of inflammation. 

He’s not the first one-eyed horse to run in the derby. Three other one-eyed horses have run in the Kentucky Derby. None of those horses won. 

Who is singing the national anthem? 

Harry Connick Jr.  

What’s the weather going to be like? 

According to Weather.com, it will be raining in Louisville on Saturday. 

Where can you find the Kentucky Derby Facebook and Twitter accounts?For Facebook, click here.For Twitter, click here.

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