Let the betting begin.
On Wednesday, the official draw for the 2014 Kentucky Derby took place. In the aftermath, we now know the full field's post positions and odds.
Plenty of changes took place after post positions were revealed. The favorites remained as such; however, there were slight alterations due to some favorable—and some unfavorable—draws.
Here's an updated outlook for each horse leading up to the Run for the Roses:
|1||Vicar's In Trouble||30-1|
|7||We Miss Artie||50-1|
|8||General A Rod||15-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||20-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||15-1|
Vicar's In Trouble drew the dreaded first position.
No one wanted to be up against the rail; however, someone was going to be the unfortunate recipient of the spot. While Rosie Napravnik looks to become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, a big curve ball was thrown in her direction.
When she received the news her horse would be starting from the first position, she did not look thrilled, according to a tweet from TVG:
An interesting grouping on the inside is from posts four through six, featuring Danza, California Chrome and Samraat, respectively.
All three of these horses are favorites—with California Chrome being the overall favorite—and will have their hands full to get out of the gate cleanly.
Danza 10-1, California Chrome favorite 5-2, Samraat 15-1— HRRN (@HRRN) April 30, 2014
Some strategic thinking will be in order for these competitors, as they will look to get out of the gate quickly but avoid traffic at the same time.
Wildcat Red and Hoppertunity drew very favorable positions at 10 and 11, respectively. Both of these horses were already viewed as top contenders, and after the draw, their updated odds reflect that notion.
Hoppertunity draws 11. Good spot. Down goes Apollo?— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) April 30, 2014
These two horses could very well set the race's pace if they get out of the gate cleanly.
Then there's the way outside.
Position 20 belongs to another favorite in Wicked Strong.
At first glance, it may look like a daunting task to compete from such a long range from the rail; however, if any horse can get it done, it's this one.
Jimmy Jerkens said Edgar Prado, who rode Wicked Strong once, texted him "perfect" when he drew post 20— David Grening (@DRFGrening) April 30, 2014
Wicked Strong runs at a great pace and is a fantastic closer. The Wood Memorial winner will be able to avoid early traffic and find a good position through the middle of the race, allowing for the chance to make a run to the front in the final furlong.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is trying to look at the upside of the position, according to a tweet from Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated:
Wicked Strong trainer Jimmy Jerkens on drawing the 20 post: "I'm trying to convince myself that it's not a bad post position."— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) April 30, 2014
The 2014 Kentucky Derby has all the makings of another thrilling, breathtaking race. The draw really set the tone for this prestigious event, and a strong field does not look to disappoint.
Get your mint juleps ready.