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When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Churchill Downs
Post Time: Approximately 6:24 p.m. ET
|Derby Prep||11 a.m. to 4 p.m.||NBCSN; NBC Live Extra|
|Race Coverage||4 p.m. to 7 p.m.||NBC; NBC Live Extra|
The Field and Odds
|1||Vicar's In Trouble||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Mike Maker||Rosie Napravnik||20-1|
|2||Harry's Holiday||Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner||Mike Maker||Corey Lanerie||50-1|
|3||Uncle Sigh||Wounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. Robertson||Gary Contessa||Irad Ortiz Jr.||30-1|
|4||Danza||Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||8-1|
|5||California Chrome||Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin||Art Sherman||Victor Espinoza||5-2|
|6||Samraat||My Meadowview Farm||Rick Violette Jr.||Jose Ortiz||15-1|
|7||We Miss Artie||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||50-1|
|8||General A Rod||Starlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLC||Mike Maker||Joel Rosario||15-1|
|9||Vinceremos||WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing||Todd Pletcher||Joe Rococo Jr.||30-1|
|10||Wildcat Red||Honors Stable Corp.||Jose Garoffalo||Luis Saez||15-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLC||Peter Eurton||Corey Nakatani||20-1|
|13||Chitu||Tanma Corporation||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||20-1|
|14||Medal Count||Spendthrift Farm||Dale Romans||Robby Albarado||20-1|
|15||Tapiture||Winchell Thoroughbreds||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr.||12-1|
|16||Intense Holiday||Starlight Racing||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||8-1|
|17||Commanding Curve||West Point Thoroughbreds||Dallas Stewart||Shaun Bridgmohan||50-1|
|18||Candy Boy||C R K Stable LLC||John Sadler||Gary Stevens||15-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||Daniel J. Dougherty||William G. Gowan||Calvin Borel||15-1|
|20||Wicked Strong||Centennial Farms||James A. Jerkens||Rajiv Maragh||6-1|
|21||Pablo Del Monte (SCRATCHED)|
Morning Line Odds are cited
On Thursday, one of the race's main contenders, Hoppertunity, was scratched from the race due to soreness in his front left foot. Hoppertunity was thought to be one of the horses most capable of defeating favorite California Chrome, so his loss is a big one.
Both jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert were disappointed but felt it was the right decision, per Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun:
Smith said he was disappointed but praised Baffert’s caution. 'I’d rather lose it this way than have something happen on the racetrack,' the Hall of Fame jockey said. 'Bob does right by his horses.'
He added that he was one of many who expected a breakout showing from Hoppertunity at Churchill Downs.
'I think we all kind of could see that,' Smith said. 'He was doing incredible, really coming around at the right time. He seemed to flourish over this racetrack, which is a plus and a half. It’s too bad but you know what, we’re all alive.'
Baffert also had high hopes. 'I think Hoppertunity was a good chance because of the distance,' he said. 'He didn’t have any distance limitations, and he was doing really well. It’s part of the game. That’s why I have heart attacks.'
That makes Wicked Strong the top competition for California Chrome, though the horse will have to start strong from the No. 20 rail to avoid falling too far off the pace. It isn't an ideal start for the horse, but the talent is there to overcome it and give Chrome a run for his money.
Wicked Strong will be joined on the outside by Ride On Curlin, ridden by legendary jockey Calvin Borel. The jockey has his own style, but as Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports tweets, he may not be able to employ it given his starting spot:
Ride On Curlin is in No. 19. If Calvin Borel is going to get to the Bo-rail, he's got a long way to go to get inside.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 30, 2014
Of course, Chrome himself earned an interesting post position. While the No. 5 pole is favorable, starting between Danza and Samraat—two horses that really go after it on the start—might not be. If California Chrome doesn't get off to a strong start, he could be squeezed between two potential pace-setters and find himself submerged in the crowd.
If he gets trapped early, he's going to have a difficult run ahead of him.
Danza is the type of sneaky horse that could get out strong and look to simply hold off the pack. At 8-1 odds, he'll be a popular choice to finish in the money given his starting spot on the No. 4 post.
As for dark horses, a trio of horses on the inside at 20-1 odds—Dance With Fate, Chitu and Medal Count—are going to become popular with bettors, one would imagine, given their promising starting positions. Chitu may ultimately be more of a pace-setter, however.
Finally, keep an eye on Tapiture. The horse hasn't received a ton of attention heading into this race, but at 12-1 odds, he is one of the top contenders. A fourth-place finish at the Arkansas Derby was disappointing, but this horse can run.