Preparing for the 143rd Kentucky Derby (31 images)

Preparations are underway for the 143rd Kentucky Derby which is set for Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are said to be early favorites.

The race will air live on NBC on Saturday, with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2017 at 2:17 PM
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire practices for Saturday's race on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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A horse drinks water as his groom washes him down after morning workouts on May 2.. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Irap gallops on the track on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Patch reacts to the crowd of onlookers on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Practical Joke gallops on the track on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Tapwirit is washed down by his grooms on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Battle of Midway (C) is followed back to his barn by a group of racing fans on May 2. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
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