It’s Derby Time!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NBC News) The countdown to the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, the Kentucky Derby, is underway.

The ponies don’t run until Saturday evening, but for fans, the spectacle of the derby begins long before the horses are in the gate.

Jockeys say even the horses can sense the energy and excitement of the weekend during training.

“They’re usually pretty fired up when they step on the track, and obviously they feel the energy,” says Channing Hill.

That energy comes from a crowd that’s not always focused on the track. The derby is a place to see and be seen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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