2014 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2014 Post Positions: Updated Odds for Entire Lineup After Draw

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 11-12 - In this photo taken on Saturday, May 4, 2013, Orb, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, crosses the finish line to win the 139th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Orb’s convincing 2-and-a-half length victory in the Kentucky Derby isn’t scaring away potential challengers in the Preakness. The bay colt could face close to a full field of 14 for the 1 3/16-mile race at Pimlico next weekend. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IApril 30, 2014

Just days remain before the horses trot out onto the legendary Churchill Downs track, and now the posts for the field are officially set.

The announcement was made on Wednesday evening during the Kentucky Derby Draw, and several of the favorites are scattered all over the field at the start.

Here's a look at the full list of post positions for the 2014 Kentucky Derby:

2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions
HorsePostOdds
1Vicar's In Trouble30-1
2Harry's Holiday50-1
3Uncle Sigh30-1
4Danza10-1
5California Chrome5-2
6Samraat15-1
7We Miss Artie50-1
8General A Rod15-1
9Vinceremos30-1
10Wildcat Red15-1
11Hoppertunity6-1
12Dance With Fate20-1
13Chitu20-1
14Medal Count20-1
15Tapiture15-1
16Intense Holiday12-1
17Commanding Curve50-1
18Candy Boy20-1
19Ride On Curlin15-1
20Wicked Strong8-1
NBC Sports

Bettors may want to look at the history for the starting positions for each horse, as each one has a historical significance in the Triple Crown event. While the posts tend to change the odds for the race somewhat, many of the strongest geldings remained at the top of the crop.

In preparation for the race on Saturday, here is a breakdown of the field along with what to look for during the first leg of the Triple Crown.

 

Kentucky Derby Race Information

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports LiveExtra

 

Breakdown for Post Positions 

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30: Big Bazinga ridden by Loren Diego goes over the track during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images
Rob Carr/Getty Images

After a memorable race last season in gloomy conditions, Orb pulled off the slight upset over Revolutionary from the 16th post.

Will another horse repeat that success from one of the outside posts? History says yes, as every winner since 2011 has won from the 16th post or lower.

The 16th post has been lucky in two of the last three runnings, as both Orb and Animal Kingdom, the 2011 winner, took the title. In 2012, I'll Have Another won the Run for the Roses out of the 19th post, the first time that has ever been accomplished.

Below is a look at the event winners since 1930, per the Kentucky Derby's official website:

Kentucky Derby Historical Winners by Post Position (Since 1930)
PostNo. of WinnersMost Recent
181986, Ferdinand
271978, Affirmed
351998, Real Quiet
452010, Super Saver
582003, Funny Cide
621993, Sea Hero
762007, Street Sense
882009, Mine That Bird
941972, Riva Ridge
1092005, Giacomo
1121998, Winning Colors
1231971, Canonero II
1332004, Smarty Jones
1421961, Carry Back
1532000, Fusaichi Pegasus
1652013, Orb
170N/A
1811982, Gato Del Sol
1912012, I'll Have Another
2012008, Big Brown
KentuckyDerby.com

While history shows that eight winners have come from the No. 1 post position, which ranks tied for second-best, the post has become a death sentence in recent years. Vicar's In Trouble will attempt to become the first to win from the post since 1986, as Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune notes:

Rosie Napravnik is also attempting to become the first female jockey to win the illustrious horse race. She will have a tough hill to climb out of from post No. 1, but has a chance to make two marks in history.

On the other extreme, Wicked Strong comes in as a favorite, but will have tough sledding out of the No. 20 post. But Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated believes the Boston gelding has a good chance to become the second winner from the post:

As for odds-on favorite California Chrome, the colt's start from the fifth post means he will be near the middle of the pack in hopes of bursting through the field. Seventy-seven-year-old owner Art Sherman has never won the event, but has the strongest horse in the running.

Sherman spoke about his horse's success and the experience of returning to Churchill Downs, per Ed McNamara of Newsday:

It's been a great experience. A young horse comes to you and you have no idea he'll become the horse he is right now. I've never gotten so much publicity in my life. ... I haven't been on a horse in at least 10 years. But I told (jockey) Victor (Espinoza) that if he keeps winning by that far, I might take my license back out.

With the field finally set and just three days standing between the start of the race, the anticipation will continue to mount as a myriad horses look to take the roses in the legendary race.

Will California Chrome come out on top? Can Vicar's In Trouble make history? All of those questions and more will be answered on Saturday evening as the horses finally take to the track at Churchill Downs.

 

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