Kentucky Derby should be one of the most competitive in years

Trying to find a winner in this year's 148th race of the Kentucky Derby is as easy as spending weeks here without wet weather.

Angles are plentiful, as is the incredible optimism of 14 trainers representing 20 horses in the starting field.

Bob Baffert has moved two horses from the barn to trainer Tim Yaktin, one of whom will run the Derby at the start of his third lifetime.

All-time winning trainer Steve Asmussen is probably trying to break the 0 out 23 streak with the favorite.

Another favorite is with famed turf trainer Chad Brown trying to win his first Kentucky Derby.

And don't forget veteran trainer Todd Plechter with two wins on three horses and 59 previous starts.

Epicenter was the surprise 7-2 morning line second choice.

Having won four of his last five races, it was most expected that he would be made the favourite.

But his Hall of Fame trainer Asmussen had trouble getting his horses across the Derby finish line first.

“It is well documented I am 0 for 23 in the Derby and I have driven some Hall of Fame horses in it,” Asmussen said.

“Karlin and Gun Runner both finished third and became champion horse of the year.