I know why you browse the Internet. Sure, the cat pictures are funny, the endless quizzes about what character from a '90s sitcom you vaguely resemble are a nice diversion, and hashtagging like your life depends on it is just the best.
But really, the best thing about the Internet is the information. And if you happen to be in need of information about this year's Kentucky Derby, well, you've hit the jackpot.
Below, you'll find viewing information, the purse amount, the entire field, post positions, odds, the undercard and even the latest news surrounding the race. Is it a cat meme? No. But for you Derby fans, it's certainly more useful.
When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Churchill Downs
Post Time: Approximately 6:24 p.m. ET. The gun should sound at approximately 6:32 p.m. ET.
Purse: $2,202,800 (according to
|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|
|Race Number||Post Time (ET)||TV||Race|
|3||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN||OC $75k/N1X|
|4||12:04 p.m.||NBCSN||OC $75k/N1X|
|5||12:38 p.m.||NBCSN||OC $100k/N2X|
|6||1:19 p.m.||NBCSN||G3-Twin Spires Sprint|
|7||2:08 p.m.||NBCSN||G1-Humana Distaff|
|8||2:59 p.m.||NBCSN||G2-Churchill Distaff Turf Mile|
|9||3:51 p.m.||NBCSN||G2-Churchill Downs|
|10||4:46 p.m.||NBC||G1-Woodford Turf Classic|
|11||6:24 p.m.||NBC||G1-Kentucky Derby|
|12||7:20 p.m.||HRTV||OC $80k/N3$|
|13||7:50 p.m.||HRTV||Allowance N2$|
The Field and Odds
|2||Vicar's In Trouble||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Mike Maker||Rosie Napravnik||20-1|
|3||Harry's Holiday||Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana Wagner||Mike Maker||Corey Lanerie||50-1|
|4||Uncle Sigh||Wounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. Robertson||Gary Contessa||Irad Ortiz Jr.||30-1|
|5||Danza||Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||8-1|
|6||California Chrome||Steve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise Martin||Art Sherman||Victor Espinoza||5-2|
|7||Samraat||My Meadowview Farm||Rick Violette Jr.||Jose Ortiz||15-1|
|8||We Miss Artie||Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||50-1|
|9||General A Rod||Starlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLC||Mike Maker||Joel Rosario||15-1|
|10||Vinceremos||WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing||Todd Pletcher||Joe Rocco Jr.||30-1|
|11||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|
|Pablo Del Monte (SCRATCHED)|
The major happening thus far is that two horses have been scratched from the race. Hoppertunity was one of the major challengers for race favorite California Chrome, but he's out. From Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated:
Hoppertunity out of Ky Derby. Was 6-1 second morning line pick. Jockey Mike Smith: "it's like somebody punched me in the gut."— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) May 1, 2014
Hoppertunity trainer Bob Baffert texted co-owner Mike Pegram at 630 am. "We might have an issue."— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) May 1, 2014
Hoppertunity was to be replaced by Pablo Del Monte, but you guessed it, that horse was also withdrawn. From the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account:
BREAKING NEWS: AE #21 Pablo Del Monte scratches from #KyDerby. Field of 19 set for Saturday's 140th running.— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 2, 2014
With scratch of Hoppertunity, all horses in posts 1-10 will move out one spot in #KyDerby starting gate, per steward Barbara Borden.— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 2, 2014
So we're down to a 19-horse field.
California Chrome remains the major favorite, mostly due to his four-race winning streak and dominant showing at the Santa Anita Derby. Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News breaks down why he likes the horse, even facing a tough field:
If CC breaks bad and gets more than a few lengths behind in this crazy, 20-horse field, the colt could get very uncomfortable, use energy far too soon and have nothing for the finish. If, as I expect, his tactical speed gets him into the race from the start and he has a comfortable position coming out of the first turn, I think he could run away from this field just as he ran away from the fields he crushed in Califorornia.
Obviously, this is the strongest field of horses CC has ever faced. This Derby has the winners of the Wood Memorial, Arkansas Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Risen Star Stakes, Fountain of Youth, Spiral Stakes, Sunland Derby and Robert Lewis Stakes, major Derby preps all. But those races were all won by different horses. Only California Chrome was able to win two major Derby preps and no horse won his races like CC won his.
California Chrome is the best horse. He is the most likely winner.
There will be challengers, of course. Danza is starting to the inside of California Chrome and can really run. Wicked Strong got a tough post all the way on the outside but has the closing speed to beat the favorite. Intense Holiday got a nice draw and is dangerous. And you never know when a surprise horse might emerge.
Plus, California Chrome's odds aren't very favorable for bettors, so you'd imagine folks will be looking extra hard at sleepers this year. Anything can happen at the Derby.
But he remains far and away the most likely horse to win it and, in the process, the most likely horse in years to finally end the Triple Crown drought.