Kentucky Derby 2014 Horses: Full Lineup, Favorites and Sleepers in 140th Race

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Kentucky Derby 2014 Horses: Full Lineup, Favorites and Sleepers in 140th Race
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Audiences across the entire country pause for two minutes every year to watch a group of the world’s best athletes race in one of the most thrilling events in all of sports. 

The fact that those athletes are horses does nothing to damper the excitement. 

The 140th Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday at Churchill Downs, and there is an absolutely loaded 20-horse field ready to challenge for the title. Here is a look at the entire lineup, as well as their post positions that were announced Wednesday:

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 Network Broadcast

Odds for each horse were also announced in the immediate aftermath of the NBC Sports Network broadcast of the posting announcements. Here 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 Brodcast

 

Favorite: California Chrome

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The two favorites at the Kentucky Derby are California Chrome, who has separated himself from the rest of the field in the odds department.

California Chrome has six wins in 10 career starts under his belt and comes into the Derby with four-straight dominant victories. No horse racked up as many points on the Derby points leaderboard either.

California Chrome drew the No. 5 posting, which has accounted for the most wins at the Kentucky Derby since 1900 (along with No. 1) with 12. Tim Wilkin of the Albany Times Union pointed out that there has been some good vibes from that posting recently:

California Chrome will use that ideal post to establish solid positioning early in the race.

If he can get into the middle of the pack and avoid the rail early, he will use that closing speed to finish ahead of the rest of the field. California Chrome is a dominant horse and the best competitor at Churchill Downs, so as long as he can get into that prime position, he should take home the title.

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

 

Sleepers: Wildcat Red and Samraat

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Samraat and Wildcat Red may not be considered among the top favorites, but all they know are impressive finishes. 

Samraat has five wins on his resume, while Wildcat Red has never finished worse than second place in seven career starts. Samraat won the Grade 3 Withers and Gotham Stakes over Uncle Sigh, and Wildcat Red won both the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes.

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Samraat has never raced outside of New York, but if you are looking for two horses who have impressive resumes that could surprise Saturday, look no further than these two.

 

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