Kentucky Derby 2014 Horses: Names, Pedigree Info and Ratings for All Entries

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Kentucky Derby 2014 Horses: Names, Pedigree Info and Ratings for All Entries
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We can look at post positions and odds until we are blue in the face; however, one of the best ways to determine a strength of a horse is its pedigree.

Coming from a long line of champions bodes well for Kentucky Derby contenders. Having a strong pedigree may not guarantee a victory—or money finish for that matter—but it certainly doesn't hurt.

Let's take a look at the Kentucky Derby's entire field and glance at the pedigree information and season standings for each horse set to take part in the Run for the Roses.

2014 Kentucky Derby Field's Pedigree Info
Post Horse Sire Mare Ranking
1 Vicar's In Trouble Into Mischief Vibrant 2
2 Harry's Holiday Harlan's Holiday Daisy Mason 19
3 Uncle Sigh Indian Charlie Cradlesong 17
4 Danza Street Boss Champagne Royale 6
5 California Chrome Lucky Pulpit Love The Chase 1
6 Samraat Noble Causeway Little Indian Girl 5
7 We Miss Artie Artie Schiller Athena's Gift 10
8 General A Rod Roman Ruler Dynamite Eyes 14
9 Vinceremos Pioneerof the Nile More Than Ready 18
10 Wildcat Red D'wildcat Racene 9
11 Dance With Fate Two Step Salsa Flirting With Fate 3
12 Chitu Henny Hughes Sea Gift 12
13 Medal Count Dynaformer Brisquette 15
14 Tapiture Tapit Free Spin 13
15 Intense Holiday Harlan's Holiday Intensify 8
16 Commanding Curve Master Command Mother 20
17 Candy Boy Candy Ride She's an Eleven 16
18 Ride On Curlin Curlin Magical Ride 11
19 Wicked Strong Hard Spun Moyne Abbey 4
20 Pablo Del Monte Giant's Causeway One Hot Wish 25

Complete pedigree history for each horse can be found at

The combination of strengths from the right sire and mare can produce a certified champion. For example, if a sire was a tremendous sprinter, and a mare was a great distance runner, their offspring has the chance to possess great speed as well as stamina.

Let's break down a few of this year's contenders who share that type of pedigree.

Wildcat Red

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This horse is the son of D'wildcat, who won the 2002 Churchill Downs Handicap at seven furlongs and the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at six furlongs. Wildcat Red's mother is Racene, a Miner's Mark mare who adds a great deal of stamina to the mix.

Wildcat Red's pedigree makes this horse a fantastic distance runner. A great amount of stamina is at the horse's disposal, and that showed during his sparkling finishes in the Fountain of Youth and the Hutcheson.

Ride On Curlin

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Son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Ride on Curlin has a very strong pedigree. Curlin finished third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, but went on to win the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic. He also won the 2008 Dubai World Cup. His mother is stakes-placed Magical Ride.

Ride On Curlin's pedigree should allow the horse to find a nice pace throughout the Kentucky Derby and come on strong down the final furlong.


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Vinceremos is the son of 2009 Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile. This sire was one of the biggest favorites heading into the Derby that year. Pioneerof the Nile's sire Empire Maker also finished second in the Derby, with Unbridled—Vinceremos' great grandsire—winning the race back in 1990. Vinceremos is out of twice-raced mare More Than Ready.

Talk about a strong Kentucky Derby pedigree. With the success of Pioneerof the Nile, Empire Maker and Unbridled at Churchill Downs, and the strong ninth post position, perhaps Vinceremos could be worthy of a gamble at 30-1 odds.

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