Kentucky Derby horse Wicked Strong trained by Jimmy Jerkens, brother of Sports Director Big Al

Need a reason to watch the Kentucky Derby? Or maybe you just need a horse to root for.

Look no further. We have the equine for you -- Wicked Strong.

He's trained by Jimmy Jerkens, the brother of 2 Works for You Sports Director Big Al Jerkens.

Jimmy is making his debut at the Kentucky Derby and he has his horse in great shape. Wicked Strong is the second choice to win the run for the roses at 6-1 odds. Anthony Stabile of has Wicked Strong winning the 140th Kentucky Derby.

In early April, Jimmy and Wicked won the Wood Memorial, a prep race for the Derby. That big win got Big Al's nerves up!

With a name like Wicked Strong, it's easy to conclude the horse is from Boston. He's owned by Donald Little Jr., who named the horse to honor the city after the marathon bombings in 2013.

According to, Little has pledged part of Wicked's winnings for victims of the bombing. During the triple crown races, including the Kentucky Derby, five percent of the winnings will be donated. Another good reason to root for Wicked and Jimmy!

Coverage of the 140th Kentucky Derby begins at 3 p.m. on Channel 2. If you're not around a TV, you can watch a live stream of from NBC Sports.

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