Kentucky Derby 2014 Post Positions: Final Projections, Odds Payout and Post Info

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 3, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01:  California Chrome runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Just in case you haven't brushed up on the upcoming 2014 Kentucky Derby's post positions, odds and other useful information, a last-minute recap of the week's events and forward look to Saturday's prestigious race is in order.

That's exactly what we're doing here.

This week was filled with plenty of excitement off the track.

On Wednesday, jockeys, trainers, owners, media, bettors and casual fans awaited the fates of each horse during the official draw. At the event's conclusion we all knew what the field looked like, the early odds and the complete post information—or so we thought.

Thursday brought about a significant change, as one of the race's favorites Hoppertunity was scratched due to a left foot issue. That brought Pablo Del Monte into the field and changed post positions and odds accordingly.

Although, that wasn't all.

On Friday, Pablo Del Monte's owners announced they would be pulling the horse from the race, leaving a field of just 19 instead of 20. Once again, post positions were shifted and odds were reworked.

Following the aftermath, here's how the Derby's post positions and odds will look (hopefully) as the Run for the Roses commences (h/t The Baltimore Sun):

2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Odds
PostHorseOdds
2Vicar's In Trouble20-1
3Harry's Holiday50-1
4Uncle Sigh30-1
5Danza8-1
6California Chrome5-2
7Samraat15-1
8We Miss Artie50-1
9General A Rod15-1
10Vinceremos30-1
11Wildcat Red15-1
12Dance With Fate20-1
13Chitu20-1
14Medal Count20-1
15Tapiture12-1
16Intense Holiday8-1
17Commanding Curve50-1
18Candy Boy15-1
19Ride On Curlin15-1
20Wicked Strong6-1
BaltimoreSun.com

These post positions weigh heavily in determining which horses have what it takes to don a garland of roses by the race's conclusion.

Luckily for Vicar's In Trouble, the first post position will be vacant for this year's race. This horse will now begin in the second post and has a slightly better chance of making it out of the gate without being pinned against the rail.

Race favorites Danza, California Chrome and Samraat all benefit from this shift, moving outward from the rail by one position. Each of these horses will start in the fifth, sixth and seventh posts, respectively.

That's a huge advantage for the overall favorite California Chrome, as a seemingly clear path to the finish line is imminent.

Wildcat Red moves from the 10th post to the 11th. That doesn't seem like such a big move, but it is. Instead of being the last horse to pull into its stall, Wildcat Red now becomes the first, as the 11th gate is the first to load.

A long wait is in store for this horse before the race commences.

Commanding Curve has the daunting task of starting from the 17th post. This is the only position that has never yielded a winner in the history of the Kentucky Derby. Given the horse's 50-1 odds, it looks as though that streak will continue for at least another year.

Wicked Strong will start from the 20th post. This may seem like a huge disadvantage; however, if any horse can be a factor from that gate, it's this one.

Obtaining a large amount of stamina and possessing great closing speed, Wicked Strong has the potential to avoid early traffic, set a good pace and come on strong down the final stretch.

That said, let's move on to the predictions.

This isn't an exact science. We all know that. Plenty can happen over the course of the Kentucky Derby. However, based on available information, here's how the standings could look at the race's conclusion:

2014 Kentucky Derby Final Predictions
FinishHorsePost
1California Chrome6
2Danza5
3Wicked Strong20
4Intense Holiday16
5Wildcat Red11
6Ride On Curlin19
7Tapiture15
8Samraat7
9Dance With Fate12
10General A Rod9
11Candy Boy18
12Medal Count14
13Vicar's In Trouble2
14Uncle Sigh4
15Chitu13
16Vinceremos10
17We Miss Artie8
18Commanding Curve17
19Harry's Holiday3
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

California Chrome won't disappoint. This horse is a severe threat for the Triple Crown and will claim a Kentucky Derby win due to recent dominance and a great starting position.

Danza has the ability to maintain a solid pace throughout the race. He should be able to stick with California Chrome throughout the duration only to be edged out down the final furlong.

Wicked Strong will begin near the rear of the pack and slowly make up ground before coming on extremely strong down the stretch to place third.

Whether this prediction comes to fruition or not, one thing is for certain: The strong field at the 2014 Kentucky Derby will bring about many thrills and plenty of excitement for everyone watching.

Be sure you don't miss out.