Kentucky Derby 2014 Post Time: NBC TV Start Time, Final Predictions and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 3, 2014

Exercise rider Ezequiel Perez takes Kentucky Derby entrant Danza for a morning workout during a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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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

TV: NBC

Live Stream: NBCSports.com

2014 Kentucky Derby Day Schedule
RacePost Time (ET)
110:30 a.m.
211:01 a.m.
311:31 a.m.
412:04 p.m.
512:38 p.m.
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile1:19 p.m.
Humana Distaff2:08 p.m.
American Turf2:59 p.m.
Churchill Downs3:46 p.m.
Woodford Reserve Turf Classic4:44 p.m.
Kentucky Derby6:24 p.m.
127:20 p.m.
137:50 p.m.
KentuckyDerby.com
2014 Kentucky Derby Odds
PostHorseTrainerJockeyOdds
2Vicar's In TroubleMike MakerRosie Napravnik25-1
3Harry's HolidayMike MakerCorey Lanerie50-1
4Uncle SighGary ContessaIrad Ortiz Jr.35-1
5DanzaTodd PletcherJoe Bravo8-1
6California ChromeArt ShermanVictor Espinoza21-10
7SamraatRick Violette Jr.Jose Ortiz16-1
8We Miss ArtieTodd PletcherJavier Castellano33-1
9General A RodMike MakerJoel Rosario18-1
10VinceremosTodd PletcherJoe Rocco Jr.50-1
11Wildcat RedJose GaroffaloLuis Saez18-1
SCRATCHEDHoppertunitySCRATCHED
12Dance With FatePeter EurtonCorey Nakatani14-1
13ChituBob BaffertMartin Garcia22-1
14Medal CountDale RomansRobby Albarado22-1
15TapitureSteve AsmussenRicardo Santana Jr.20-1
16Intense HolidayTodd PletcherJohn Velazquez12-1
17Commanding CurveDallas StewartShaun Bridgmohan33-1
18Candy BoyJohn SadlerGary Stevens18-1
19Ride On CurlinWilliam G. GowanCalvin Borel18-1
20Wicked StrongJames A. JerkensRajiv Maragh8-1
SCRATCHEDPablo Del MonteSCRATCHED
KentuckyDerby.com

 

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.