The Louisiana Derby is one of two big Kentucky Derby prep races today. (Getty)

Girvin enters the 2017 Louisiana Derby as the favorite to win in a shallow field of horses. The race gets underway from New Orleans at 6:21 p.m. Eastern.

Joe Sharp owns Girvin while Brian Hernandez is the jockey. The horse has experience winning in New Orleans.

Overcoming 8-1 odds, Girvin won February’s Risen Star Stakes to grab some early points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The race was held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, the location of today’s race.

There is a $1 million purse at stake for today’s race. The winner of the race will get 100 points towards Kentucky Derby qualifying. Second place gets 40 points, third place gets 20 points and fourth place gets 10 points.

The Florida Derby also takes place today with the same amount of points at stake. Horses that have run well at the Louisiana Derby have a history of performing well at the Kentucky Derby. According to Forbes, Gun Runner won last year’s race and finished third at the Kentucky Derby.

Here’s the odds listed by post position courtesy of Horse Racing Nation.

1 Patch 9-2
2 Hollywood Handsome 12-1
3 Local Hero 7-2
4 Senior Investment 12-1
5 Monaco 12-1
6 Guest Suite 4-1
7 Sorry Erik 30-1
8 Girvin 8-5
9 Hotfoot 30-1