Post time for the 2014 Kentucky Derby is rapidly approaching, and it is high time you start making preparations for how and where you are going to view this marquee Triple Crown event.
It’s also an opportune time to place your bets, as that is one of the few ways to make the most exciting two minutes in sports even more thrilling. While wagering itself is enjoyable, winning is even more fun.
Keep reading for a solid pick to win the Run for the Roses, as well as the race’s start time, TV schedule information and more.
2014 Kentucky Derby Viewing Info
Date: Saturday, May 3
When: Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET
Post Time: 6:24 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBCSports.com
|2014 Kentucky Derby Day Schedule|
|Race||Post Time (ET)|
|Churchill Distaff Turf Mile||1:19 p.m.|
|Humana Distaff||2:08 p.m.|
|American Turf||2:59 p.m.|
|Churchill Downs||3:46 p.m.|
|Woodford Reserve Turf Classic||4:44 p.m.|
|Kentucky Derby||6:24 p.m.|
|2014 Kentucky Derby Odds|
|2||Vicar's In Trouble||Mike Maker||Rosie Napravnik||25-1|
|3||Harry's Holiday||Mike Maker||Corey Lanerie||50-1|
|4||Uncle Sigh||Gary Contessa||Irad Ortiz Jr.||35-1|
|5||Danza||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||8-1|
|6||California Chrome||Art Sherman||Victor Espinoza||21-10|
|7||Samraat||Rick Violette Jr.||Jose Ortiz||16-1|
|8||We Miss Artie||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||33-1|
|9||General A Rod||Mike Maker||Joel Rosario||18-1|
|10||Vinceremos||Todd Pletcher||Joe Rocco Jr.||50-1|
|11||Wildcat Red||Jose Garoffalo||Luis Saez||18-1|
|12||Dance With Fate||Peter Eurton||Corey Nakatani||14-1|
|13||Chitu||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||22-1|
|14||Medal Count||Dale Romans||Robby Albarado||22-1|
|15||Tapiture||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana Jr.||20-1|
|16||Intense Holiday||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||12-1|
|17||Commanding Curve||Dallas Stewart||Shaun Bridgmohan||33-1|
|18||Candy Boy||John Sadler||Gary Stevens||18-1|
|19||Ride On Curlin||William G. Gowan||Calvin Borel||18-1|
|20||Wicked Strong||James A. Jerkens||Rajiv Maragh||8-1|
|SCRATCHED||Pablo Del Monte||SCRATCHED|
Predicted Winner: Danza at 8-1
Danza isn’t exactly a dark horse in this event, but he has avoided becoming the odds-on the favorite. He’s a great value pick at this juncture, as he has a great chance to run away with a win at Churchill Downs.
The three-year-old was lighting up the warmup track this weekend. Gary West of ESPN.com noted that the colt blitzed through a half-mile in 48.80 seconds. That time was impressive enough, but he also made some shockwaves amongst the onlookers when he picked up the pace down the stretch to leave training partner Vinceremos in his wake.
That sort of killer instinct is what separates Derby pretenders from contenders and is a great sign for those backing Danza Saturday evening. Superstar jockey Joe Bravo, who is still seeking his first win, will be on board Danza in this prestigious event. Bravo has over 4,000 career wins under his belt and should be desperate to add a Triple Crown title to his resume.
Trainer Todd Pletcher clearly has been doing something right and has the horse positioned to win the 10-furlong race. Pletcher earned a Derby victory in 2007 with Super Saver and has had numerous finishes near the front throughout the years.
Pletcher spoke to West about Danza’s recent improvement in a separate piece for ESPN.com, saying: "He's been working well and doing well, and we have to be pleased with how he's coming into this race. He's getting better and better."
While Danza’s team is rock solid and notable in the equestrian world, the horse has an even more famous namesake who will be on hand to cheer him on in Kentucky. Tony Danza, star of Who’s the Boss? and Taxi, tweeted out his excitement and revealed that he will be in attendance at Churchill Downs to watch the colt:
While it may not help Danza’s chances on the dirt, it’s a great story and should help get some more casual fans in his corner. The more the merrier, as it will be a joyous occasion when this stellar colt takes over down the stretch and earns a victory.