Javier Castellano

Five storylines to watch as the Kentucky Derby nears

Five storylines to watch as the Kentucky Derby nears

The Kentucky Derby has become a favorites' race.

Every year we play up the potential mayhem created by a 20-horse field and the uncertainty of handicapping 3-year-olds with light prep schedules.

But not since I'll Have Another in 2012 has an underdog taken this country's most anticipated and dissected thoroughbred race.

If there's a year to challenge this recent orthodoxy, however, 2017 might be it. Because chaos has reigned like never before during Derby prep season.

The likely favorite, Classic Empire, has won just a single race since November and has outright refused to train at times. The most famous trainer in the game, Bob Baffert, doesn't have a horse in...