2014 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2014 Lineup: Entries, Odds, Predictions for Undercard, Main Race

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  The field races down the front stretch during the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 3, 2014

The 2014 Kentucky Derby will come and go in a flash Saturday evening as the 19-horse field at Churchill Downs kicks off the most exciting two minutes in sports. 

Topflight thoroughbreds like California Chrome, Danza and Wicked Strong have emerged as favorites ahead of the 140th Run for the Roses, but recent history tells us that anything is possible in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Two years ago, I'll Have Another became the first horse to ever win the Derby from post No. 19. What will the storyline be in 2014?

Below, we'll get you set with everything you need to know for a Saturday full of horse racing.  

 

Date: Saturday, May 3

Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

Watch: NBC 

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Undercard, Main Race Schedule
DateEventPost Time (ET)
Sat, May 3Race 110:30 a.m.
Sat, May 3Race 211:01 a.m.
Sat, May 3Race 311:31 a.m.
Sat, May 3Race 412:04 p.m.
Sat, May 3Race 512:38 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes1:19 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade I Humana Distaff Stakes2:08 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade II American Turf Stakes2:59 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade II Churchill Downs Stakes3:46 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes4:44 p.m.
Sat, May 3Grade I Kentucky Derby6:24 p.m.
Sat, May 3Race 127:20 p.m.
Sat, May 3Race 137:50 p.m.
Equibase.com

 

*Click here to view entries and odds for undercard races via Equibase.com. 

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Field, Odds (as of May 1)
Post Pos.HorseJockeyTrainerOdds
2Vicar's In TroubleRosie NapravnikMike Maker25-1
3Harry's HolidayCorey LanerieMike Maker66-1
4Uncle SighIrad Ortiz Jr.Gary Contessa33-1
5DanzaJoe BravoTodd Pletcher8-1
6California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman11-4
7SamraatJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.18-1
8We Miss ArtieJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher40-1
9General A RodJoel RosarioMike Maker18-1
10VinceremosJoe Rocco Jr.Todd Pletcher50-1
11Wildcat RedLuis SaezJose Garoffalo16-1
scratchedHoppertunityMike SmithBob Baffertscratched
12Dance With FateCorey NakataniPeter Eurton22-1
13ChituMartin GarciaBob Baffert28-1
14Medal CountRobby AlbaradoDale Romans25-1
15TapitureRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen18-1
16Intense HolidayJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher14-1
17Commanding CurveShaun BridgmohanDallas Stewart40-1
18Candy BoyGary StevensJohn Sadler25-1
19Ride On CurlinCalvin BorelBilly Gowan20-1
20Wicked StrongRajiv MaraghJimmy Jerkens10-1
scratchedPablo Del MonteJeffrey SanchezWesley Wardscratched
Odds via Oddsshark.com

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Predictions 

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  General A Rod is ridden by Joel Barrientos during the morning exercise session in preparation for the140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Following the withdrawals of Hoppertunity and Pablo Del Monte, the Derby field has been narrowed to 19 horses. As a result, the biggest winners are Vicar's in Trouble and jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will run from post No. 2 now instead of No. 1 right alongside the rail, per the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account:

The adjustment has improved the horse's odds, but California Chrome, Danza and Wicked Strong remain the favorites to conquer the Triple Crown's first leg.

Still, this is the Kentucky Derby, where the 10 furlongs have a way of producing surprising results. Therefore, look for a dark horse like General A Rod to win Saturday.

As Derbyologist.com's Craig J. notes, General A Rod is a legitimate contender:

Jockeyed by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Joel Rosario, who rode Orb to victory from the 16th post, General A Rod turned in encouraging performances at the Grade I Florida Derby and Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes in his previous two outings. 

Plus, he'll start toward the middle of the pack, giving him a shot to fall into a favorable position early. 

He was slated to run from post No. 8, which has produced eight Derby winners since 1930, including Mine That Bird in 2009. However, General A Rod will shift to post No. 9 as a result of Pablo Del Monte's scratch. Historically, that post hasn't been nearly as successful, but the change is unlikely to impact his chances. 

General A Rod's pedigree, which features several strong stamina influences, is a big reason why some like him to surprise people this weekend. 

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

As already mentioned, Danza is also a contender to keep an eye out for Saturday. He won the Grade I Arkansas Derby less than a month ago and is trained by 2010 Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. 

Danza's exercise rider, Nick Bush, pointed out that the horse appears extremely fresh and energized ahead of Saturday's race, per The Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer: "It feels like I'm on air out there. It's so smooth. He's really bouncing."

Watch for Danza to run well Saturday and ultimately place second. 

While many are picking odds-on favorite California Chrome to win this weekend, his modest pedigree lacks the stamina influences you'd like to see for a race of this distance. Still, there's no denying his ability, and, having won four consecutive races, it's safe to bet that the California-bred colt will manage to finish in the money.

And if California Chrome wins Saturday, you'll be looking at a Triple Crown contender heading to the Preakness Stakes.

For Wicked Strong, the concern is his starting slot. Post No. 20 presents an obvious challenge, as jockey Rajiv Maragh will have to navigate the favorite from way outside without losing too much ground heading into the first turn.

If Maragh and Wicked Strong are able to file in without falling too far behind, the drama will only increase as the field makes its way onto the backstretch. 

Final Prediction—Win: General A Rod, Place: Danza, Show: California Chrome 

 

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