Kentucky Derby 2014: Post Positions, Odds and Sleepers at Churchill Downs

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Kentucky Derby 2014: Post Positions, Odds and Sleepers at Churchill Downs
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Now that the official post positions and corresponding odds were announced Wednesday for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, the real speculation can begin.

Will favorite California Chrome take advantage of the No. 5 post, which is tied with the No. 1 post for the most winners (12) since 1900? How much trouble is Vicar’s in Trouble really in with the rail position in a 20-horse field? Will one of the long shots stun the entire field? 

With those questions and more in mind, let’s take a glance at the post positions for the whole field:

2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions
Post Position Horse
1 Vicar's in Trouble
2 Harry's Holiday
3 Uncle Sigh
4 Danza
5 California Chrome
6 Samraat
7 We Miss Artie
8 General A Rod
9 Vinceremos
10 Wildcat Red
11 Hoppertunity
12 Dance With Fate
13 Chitu
14 Medal Count
15 Tapiture
16 Intense Holiday
17 Commanding Curve
18 Candy Boy
19 Ride On Curlin
20 Wicked Strong

NBC Sports Broadcast

Updated odds were announced on the NBC Sports Network immediately after the broadcast. This is what they looked like, as of Wednesday, April 30:

2014 Kentucky Derby Odds
Post Number Horse Odds
1 Vicar's in Trouble 30-1
2 Harry's Holiday 50-1
3 Uncle Sigh 30-1
4 Danza 10-1
5 California Chrome 5-2
6 Samraat 15-1
7 We Miss Artie 50-1
8 General A Rod 15-1
9 Vinceremos 30-1
10 Wildcat Red 15-1
11 Hoppertunity 6-1
12 Dance With Fate 20-1
13 Chitu 20-1
14 Medal Count 20-1
15 Tapiture 15-1
16 Intense Holiday 12-1
17 Commanding Curve 50-1
18 Candy Boy 20-1
19 Ride On Curlin 15-1
20 Wicked Strong 8-1

NBC Sports Network Broadcast

Sleepers to Watch


Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

It would be easy to simply assume that the favorite California Chrome is going to run away from the rest of the field, but there will be other horses that contend for the crown. 

One of those is Samraat, who is unfamiliar with anything but winning based on his recent pedigree. In fact, Samraat has five victories under his belt and even held off Uncle Sigh in the Grade 3 Withers and Gotham Stakes.

Horse racing writer Sam Hollingsworth feels that Samraat’s post position could help him continue his winning ways:

Interestingly, Samraat has never raced outside of the state of New York. Whether that will come into play or not remains to be seen, but with a favorable posting in the middle of the pack and the momentum from recent victories, expect Samraat to contend for the Derby. 

Adam Coglianese/Associated Press

He doesn’t have to be worried about getting trapped against the rail in the early push like Vicar’s in Trouble does, so Samraat should get a favorable position in the pack after the initial burst. From there, he can use his speed and closing ability, which may just be enough to register a surprising victory.

Wildcat Red

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Samraat may have a number of wins under his belt, but Wildcat Red knows nothing but first and second-place finishes in his seven starts.

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Wildcat Red won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes and will have jockey Luis Saez leading the way at Churchill Downs. Saez actually won atop Wildcat Red at Gulfstream, so there is a degree of familiarity there.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo stressed the fact during training that his horse loves racing against others, according to Frank Angst of Bloodhorse (via "In the case of my horse, he needs competition. He needs horses beside him."

There isn’t a more heated competition in all of horse racing than the Kentucky Derby, so Wildcat Red should feel right at home.

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