But for fans of all equine kind, the Derby brings something extra special this year. The Budweiser Clydesdales are making their first-ever appearance on the track for the Derby celebration. They’ll be decked out in their own version of the Derby’s blanket of roses, with roses braided into their manes in honor of the “Run for the Roses.”
Get a sneak peek of the Clydesdales’ trip to Churchill Downs in the video below, and tune into the Kentucky Derby broadcast on NBC starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4.
Coverage of the Kentucky Oaks and other Derby Week races and celebrations will air on NBC Sports Network. Tap here to view the broadcast schedule.