Kentucky Derby 2014 Lineup: Full Race Guide for All Horses and Jockeys

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 2, 2014

Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal takes Kentucky Derby entrant Wicked Strong for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

The 2014 Kentucky Derby is going to be one of the most exciting horse races of the year but also one of the toughest for both casual fans and regular handicappers to turn a profit on.

Because there are so many capable horses in the field, many with limited experience, it seems that just about every single one is capable of coming away with a victory Saturday.

While there are some who have separated from the pack due to their blazing speed or notable victories in respected races leading up to this event, it’s worth getting familiar with each contender, their jockey, the trainer and the current odds.

Keep reading to find all of that information out, plus some advice for betting on the big race this weekend and much more.

2014 Kentucky Derby Horse, Jockey, Trainer Info and Odds
PostHorseJockeyTrainerOdds
1Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker20-1
2Harry's HolidayCorey LanerieMike Maker50-1
3Uncle SighIrad Ortiz Jr.Gary Contessa30-1
4DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher8-1
5California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman5-2
6SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.15-1
7We Miss ArtieJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher50-1
8General A RodJoel RosarioMike Maker15-1
9VinceremosJoe Rocco Jr.Todd Pletecher30-1
10Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo15-1
11HoppertunityMike SmithBob BaffertSCR
12Dance With FateCorey NakataniPeter Eurton20-1
13ChituMartin GarciaBob Baffert20-1
14Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans20-1
15TapitureRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen8-1
16Intense HolidayJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher8-1
17Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart50-1
18Candy BoyGary StevensJohn Sadler15-1
19Ride On CurlinCalvin BorelWilliam G. Gowan15-1
20Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJames A. Jerkens6-1
21Pablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley WardSCR
KentuckyDerby.com

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Day Schedule
RacePost Time (ET)
110:30 a.m.
211:01 a.m.
311:31 a.m.
412:04 p.m.
512:38 p.m.
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile1:19 p.m.
Humana Distaff2:08 p.m.
American Turf2:59 p.m.
Churchill Downs3:46 p.m.
Woodford Reserve Turf Classic4:44 p.m.
Kentucky Derby6:24 p.m.
127:20 p.m.
137:50 p.m.
KentuckyDerby.com

 

Best Contender to Back: Wicked Strong at 8-1

Wicked Strong just has the look of a Triple Crown contender. He possesses the strength, pure speed and endurance to burst past the 19 other horses in the field and stay ahead once he gains the advantage.

While 10 furlongs is certainly not a quick sprint, Wicked Strong will make it look easy due to his powerful frame and big strides. The Kentucky Derby’s official Twitter account gave some insight into his workout times:

There’s also the matter of fate, as this colt appears to be destined to accomplish big things. Owner Don Little Jr. told Jacqueline Tempera of The Boston Globe that the three-year-old was renamed in honor of the Boston Marathon victims and believes destiny has taken his horse here:

"Absolutely, totally, I believe in fate," Little said. "There are things we don’t have control of, that are bringing us good energy. ... I truly believe this is meant to be. Too many coincidences have aligned."

One of those coincidences is Wicked Strong’s victory at Wood Memorial, one of the most prestigious warm-up races leading into the Derby. It was his maiden victory and is a great sign of things to come.

Eleven horses have gone on to win the blanket of roses after claiming a win at the Wood with four going on to win Triple Crown titles.

It is far too early to start talking about Wicked Strong’s chance of pulling that feat off, but he’s well worth a bet at Churchill and should be given heavy consideration at 8-1 or anywhere near those odds.

 

Contender to Watch For: Ride on Curlin at 15-1

Many early backers were hoping Ride on Curlin would draw a spot close to the rail, but starting in the No. 19 stall should not significantly lower this horse’s chances of winning this event.

Jockey Calvin Borel has a trio of Kentucky Derby victories under his belt and is looking to add a fourth Saturday. He seems to have the right mount to accomplish that lofty goal, even if he’ll have to work his way over to get his signature position along the rail.

Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form posted some of Curlin’s blazing workout speeds:

While Ride on Curlin has only won two of the whopping nine races he participated in leading up to the Run for the Roses, he’s still an excellent bet. The colt never finished worst than fourth and is assuredly going to make the finish exciting at the Kentucky Derby.

Given that only five of the last 33 Derby winners have been favorites, it would be smart to sprinkle some longer shot bets in like this.

While the masses might be disappointed if the favorite loses, you should be elated if Borel can ride the rail to victory aboard Curlin.