2014 Kentucky Derby: Post Positions, Odds and Race Schedule for Churchill Downs

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2014

Exercise rider William Delgado takes Kentucky Derby hopeful California Chrome for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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The 140th running of the prestigious Kentucky Derby is Saturday, but before fans get to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports, the post positions for the horses had to be determined.

Through a completely random draw, the post positions were named Wednesday for all 20 horses. Race favorite California Chrome drew the No. 5 post, while Vicar’s in Trouble drew the dreaded No. 1 post.

Let’s take a look at all of the post positions.

 

Post Positions 

2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions
Post PositionHorse
1Vicar's in Trouble
2Harry's Holiday
3Uncle Sigh
4Danza
5California Chrome
6Samraat
7We Miss Artie
8General A Rod
9Vinceremos
10Wildcat Red
11Hoppertunity
12Dance With Fate
13Chitu
14Medal Count
15Tapiture
16Intense Holiday
17Commanding Curve
18Candy Boy
19Ride On Curlin
20Wicked Strong
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The fact that Vicar’s in Trouble drew the No. 1 post presents something of a predicament because no post position has produced more winners since 1900 than the 12 from No. 1 and No. 5. Still, many trainers discussed the notion that they didn’t want the No. 1 post before the draw because of the 20-horse field.

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No horse has won from post No. 1 since 1986, and it will prove particularly difficult to operate and seize a favorable position by the middle of the race with such a crowded start from the rail.

It is also interesting to note that no horse has ever won from the No. 17 post.

 

Odds as of Wednesday, April 30

Here is a glance at the updated odds that were released immediately after the postings were announced:

2014 Kentucky Derby Odds
Post NumberHorseOdds
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
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Kentucky Derby Race Schedule 

What: 140th Kentucky Derby

When: Saturday, May 3

Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

Broadcast: 4–7 p.m. ET on NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Horse To Watch 

California Chrome

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  California Chrome runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed did so in 1978, but if there is a contender in this field that has a chance to do so, it is California Chrome.

He has dominated recently and comes into the Derby with a four-race winning streak that included an astounding performance at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. California Chrome led all horses with 150 points during the qualifying and prep schedule and also drew a somewhat favorable posting number.

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports and Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discussed the No. 5 post for California Chrome:

While the No. 5 post has accounted for more victories than any other posting since 1900 (along with post No. 1) and California Chrome is the favorite, we can't simply hand him the title yet. NBC Sports Network shared some discouraging news for the morning-line favorite based on recent history:

Despite that troublesome pattern, co-owner Steve Coburn all but ensured victory, via Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports: "With a good break and a clean trip, I think it's a done deal."

From a basic speed standpoint, nobody in this field is going to beat California Chrome.

The favorite will take home the Derby title based on a handful of factors. He has a decent posting and the momentum from his recent races in his corner, and will take an early lead over the rest of the horses. 

There is a reason Coburn is so confident. This is the best horse in the field.