Here are the numbers and names you need to know for the one hundred and fortieth edition of the Kentucky Derby. Click on odds for all up-to-the moment adjustments before the race begins.
Post position, name of horse and odds. Trainer and jockey name listed in brackets:
1. Vicar’s in Trouble 43-1 (Trainer: Michael Maker, Jockey: Rosie Napravnik)
2. Harry’s Holiday 8-1 (Michael Maker, Corey Lanerie)
3. Uncle Sigh 8-1 (Gary Contessa, Irad Ortiz, Jr.)
4. Danza 8-1 (Todd Pletcher, Joe Bravo)
5. California Chrome 17-1 (Art Sherman, Victor Espinoza)
6. Samraat 36-1 (Richard Violetee, Jr., Jose Ortiz)
7. We Miss Artie 12-1 (Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano)
8. General A Rod 34-1 (Michael Maker, Joel Rosario)
9. Vinceremos 14-1 (Todd Pletcher, Joseph Rocco, Jr.)
10. Wildcat Red 48-1 (Jose Garoffalo, Luis Saez)
11. Hoppertunity (Scratched)
12. Dance with Fate 24-1 (Peter Eurton, Corey Nakatani)
13. Chitu 6-5 (Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia)
14. Medal Count 20-1 (Dale Romans, Robby Albarado)
15. Tapiture 8-1 (Steven Asmussen, Ricardo Santana, Jr.)
16. Intense Holiday 8-1 (Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez)
17. Commanding Curve 50-1 (Dallas Stewart, Shaun Bridgmohan)
18. Candy Boy 15-1 (John Sadler, Gary Stevens)
19. Ride On Curlin 15-1 (William Gowan, Calvin Borel)
20. Wicked Strong 6-1 (James Jerkens, Rajiv Maragh)
More than money
Horse racing fans are quick to offer their opinions about any Triple Crown point, or any other subject issue that is raised for that matter. But, which views rise above pure speculation?
The sport of kings has evolved through the years. Long-gone days, where races were seen in-person, have given way to digitally transmitted results being streamed across expensive personal screens. And yet this fleet game of oval chance still looks the same.
The Kentucky Derby is a transcendent sporting event because it kicks off the ‘Big 3’ and announces the early-spring season with great pageantry. Opportunity also lies in and between the lines of each race for potential payoffs in varying proportions.
Countless statistics, tips and other fodder can be surveyed endlessly. Yet, every hardcore loyalist, or bandwagoneer, often grapples with massive bits of conflicting information that are meant to somehow generate that one golden ticket. So, a time for reflection is surely in order as the first leg of the 2014 Triple Crown takes place.
Those who don’t take a single race, or themselves, too seriously know that this moment is, or should, represent more than money. Yes, that is the missing piece in many horse racing stories. And, they’re off.