The 2014 Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest horse races in the world, but before bettors place their official wagers, the focus has shifted to the post draw and where each horse will start on Saturday, May 3.
Where a horse begins the race could make or break his race day. For fast starters or horses that have issues working through traffic, the post he draws is imperative to his success.
Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2014 Kentucky Derby post draw, the entry list and a prediction for a horse worth a hefty wager.
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
When: Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
TV Info: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Note: Full viewing info for entire event can be found here.
|2014 Kentucky Derby Entrant List|
|Vicar's In Trouble||Probable|
|Dance With Fate||Probable|
|We Miss Artie||Possible|
|Ride On Curlin||Probable|
|General A Rod||Goal|
Dark Horse to Watch for on Saturday: Hoppertunity
While horses like California Chrome, Wicked Strong and Vicar's In Trouble are stealing the spots as the top favorites to win the Kentucky Derby, the smart money is on a talented contender like Hoppertunity.
Despite finishing second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, Hoppertunity has the strength out of the gates and the speed to work through traffic or take an early lead, depending on the post position he draws.
The issue for this horse is stamina. Hoppertunity was fast enough to win at the Rebel Stakes, but he has never raced on a course at the 1 1/4 miles length. Without the experience, his team won’t know how he handles the pace and tempo until Saturday.
When asked about Hoppertunity, Baffert told Jason Frakes of The Courier-Journal about his horse running with stablemate Drill and how he felt after his run:
Drill is always the aggressor and has a lot of horse, and (Hoppertunity) just went along there steady. Jockey Martin Garcia said he was having a hard time pulling him up there at the end. He looks good, and I’m really happy the work got in.
Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form talked about just how good Hoppertunity looked:
Claire Novak of BloodHorse.com shared a great image of Hoppertunity:
The real key for this horse is the leadership of a legendary trainer like Bob Baffert. Baffert is one of the most talented trainers in the sport, and he knows how to win at the Kentucky Derby (previously won in 1997, 1998 and 2002).
With the raw speed needed to win at Churchill Downs, Hoppertunity and his team are hoping for a favorable post draw. If luck favors them on Wednesday, Lady Luck could pay bettors placing a wager on Hoppertunity a hefty visit.
*Stats via HorseRacingNation.com.