Kentucky Derby 2014: Purse Payout, Betting Odds, Field and Undercard Lineup

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

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.


Viewing Information

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 Gary Mihoces of USA Today, with $1,442,800 going to the winner, according to Jennie Rees of The Courier-Journal)

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


The Undercard

Full Schedule of Events
Race NumberPost Time (ET)TVRace
110:30 a.m.HRTVMdSpWt
211:00 a.m.HRTVMdSpWt
311:30 a.m.NBCSNOC $75k/N1X
412:04 p.m.NBCSNOC $75k/N1X
512:38 p.m.NBCSNOC $100k/N2X
61:19 p.m.NBCSNG3-Twin Spires Sprint
72:08 p.m.NBCSNG1-Humana Distaff
82:59 p.m.NBCSNG2-Churchill Distaff Turf Mile
93:51 p.m.NBCSNG2-Churchill Downs
104:46 p.m.NBCG1-Woodford Turf Classic
116:24 p.m.NBCG1-Kentucky Derby
127:20 p.m.HRTVOC $80k/N3$
137:50 p.m.HRTVAllowance N2$


The Field and Odds

Kentucky Derby Participants
2Vicar's In TroubleKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyMike MakerRosie Napravnik20-1
3Harry's HolidaySkychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond & Jana WagnerMike MakerCorey Lanerie50-1
4Uncle SighWounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. RobertsonGary ContessaIrad Ortiz Jr.30-1
5DanzaEclipse Thoroughbred PartnersTodd PletcherJoe Bravo8-1
6California ChromeSteve and Carolyn Coburn & Perry and Denise MartinArt ShermanVictor Espinoza5-2
7SamraatMy Meadowview FarmRick Violette Jr.Jose Ortiz15-1
8We Miss ArtieKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyTodd PletcherJavier Castellano50-1
9General A RodStarlight Racing & Skychai Racing, LLCMike MakerJoel Rosario15-1
10VinceremosWinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks RacingTodd PletcherJoe Rocco Jr.30-1
11Wildcat RedHonors Stable Corp.Jose GaroffaloLuis Saez15-1
Hoppertunity (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
Pablo Del Monte (SCRATCHED)


Latest News

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 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:

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.



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