(CNN)It's been dubbed the most "exciting two minutes in sports."
But if you're a top racehorse owner, the Kentucky Derby can also be the most nerve-racking 120 seconds of the year.
"I'm extremely hopeful, scared and excited," Ahmed Zayat, who has three thoroughbreds running in the most decorated of all horse races Saturday, told CNN. "I can't sleep and I'm counting the minutes."
His nervousness is warranted.
The 141-year-old cup known as the "Run for the Roses" arguably has as much to do with lady luck as it does with pageantry and competition.