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Watch: Baker Mayfield gives 'Rider's up' call at Kentucky Derby

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Baker Mayfield gave the "Rider's up" call in the Churchill Downs paddock just before post time in the Kentucky Derby. 




The former Oklahoma quarterback is attending his first Kentucky Derby. His money is fittingly on Improbable, the No. 5 horse who's among the favorites. 

"Never really been around horse racing, so I'm enjoying it," Mayfield told NBC's Mike Tirico. "It's fascinating to see the energy when those horses come around the final turn. People get passionate about it." 




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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield gestures toward the crowd during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield gestures toward the crowd during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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