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What time does 2018 Kentucky Derby start? How long does it last?

The big race is on Saturday
What, time, does, 2018, Kentucky, Derby, start
The 2018 Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. Getty Images

Kentucky Derby day is a lot like a condensed Christmas season in that a good chunk of the fun comes in the anticipation and the pre-event pomp and circumstance. The time to open presents - aka the race - only lasts two minutes or so (yeah, these horses are FAST). So, the party beforehand is often the highlight for Derby-goers and partiers.

Once the sixth or seventh Mint Julep has kicked in, it's probably time to start thinking about the actual race. This year's Kentucky Derby has a post time of 6:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time but the race is not slated to go off until 6:46 p.m.. For the folks on the West Coast that's 3:46 p.m., Mountain Time is 4:46 p.m. and Central Time is 5:46 p.m.. Often times, the race will start three or four minutes late.

Here is a look at the odds for each horse to win.

Justify 3-1

Mendelssohn 5-1

Magnum Moon 6-1

Bolt d'Oro 8-1

Audible 8-1 

Good Magic 12-1

Vino Russo 12-1

Hofburg 20-1

My Boy Jack 30-1

Enticed 30-1

Solomini 30-1

Noble Indy 30-1

Flameaway 30-1

Free Drop Billy 30-1

Promises Fulfilled 30-1

Bravazo 50-1

Lone Sailor 50-1

Firenze Fire 50-1

Instilled Regard 50-1

Combatant 50-1

Blended Citizen 50-1