2014 Kentucky Derby

2014 Kentucky Derby: Race Info, NBC Schedule, Entry Field and Post Positions

Exercise rider William Delgado walks Kentucky Derby entrant California Chrome back to the barn after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Garry Jones/Associated Press
Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

If you're looking for a full array of information on the Kentucky Derby, you've come to the right place. 

Coverage of the race on Saturday? Covered. Post positions and odds? Covered. A preview of the race and some of the top contenders? Covered. 

All that's left for you to do is to place your bets.
 

Viewing Information

When: Saturday, May 3

Where: Churchill Downs

Post Time: Approximately 6:24 p.m. ET

Viewing Schedule
EventTime (ET)Watch
Derby Prep11 a.m. to 4 p.m.NBCSN; NBC Live Extra
Race Coverage4 p.m. to 7 p.m.NBC; NBC Live Extra
KentuckyDerby.com/watch

 

The Field and Odds

Kentucky Derby Participants
PostHorseOwner(s)TrainerJockeyOdds
1Vicar's In TroubleKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyMike MakerRosie Napravnik20-1
2Harry's HolidaySkychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana WagnerMike MakerCorey Lanerie50-1
3Uncle SighWounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. RobertsonGary ContessaIrad Ortiz Jr.30-1
4DanzaEclipse Thoroughbred PartnersTodd PletcherJoe Bravo8-1
5California ChromeSteve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise MartinArt ShermanVictor Espinoza5-2
6SamraatMy Meadowview FarmRick Violette Jr.Jose Ortiz15-1
7We Miss ArtieKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyTodd PletcherJavier Castellano50-1
8General A RodStarlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLCMike MakerJoel Rosario15-1
9VinceremosWinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks RacingTodd PletcherJoe Rococo Jr.30-1
10Wildcat RedHonors Stable Corp.Jose GaroffaloLuis Saez15-1
11Hoppertunity (SCRATCHED)
12Dance With FateS. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Racing, LLCPeter EurtonCorey Nakatani20-1
13ChituTanma CorporationBob BaffertMartin Garcia20-1
14Medal CountSpendthrift FarmDale RomansRobby Albarado20-1
15TapitureWinchell ThoroughbredsSteve AsmussenRicardo Santana Jr.12-1
16Intense HolidayStarlight RacingTodd PletcherJohn Velazquez8-1
17Commanding CurveWest Point ThoroughbredsDallas StewartShaun Bridgmohan50-1
18Candy BoyC R K Stable LLCJohn SadlerGary Stevens15-1
19Ride On CurlinDaniel J. DoughertyWilliam G. GowanCalvin Borel15-1
20Wicked StrongCentennial FarmsJames A. JerkensRajiv Maragh6-1
21Pablo Del Monte (SCRATCHED)
Morning Line Odds are cited

 

Preview

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:

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. 

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Danza ridden by Ezequiel Perez goes over the track during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

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.

 

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