Kentucky Derby 2014 Contenders

kentucky derby logo 2014The 20 horse Kentucky Derby field is not yet set, but the 2014 contenders is growing smaller by the day. The Road to the Kentucky Derby (A 34 race series which awards points to the top four finishers in each event; the top 20 points earners are rewarded a spot in the Kentucky Derby) or the Derby Trail, as it is more commonly referred to, has allowed the cream to rise to the top. California Chrome presently leads the Derby Trail points standings with 150; the product of Lucky Pulpit is followed by Vicar’s In Trouble (120), Dance With Fate (108), Wicked Strong (102), and Samraat (100). The following Derby qualifiers have been scratched for one reason or another: Toast of New York, Constitution, +Asmar-IRE, Albano, and Cairo Prince. The latest horse racing odds have California Chrome listed as a +300 money line favorite to win the 140th Run for the Roses. Wicked Strong is a second pick of the odds makers at +500 odds and Samraat is third on the list with a +240 line.

Most trainers and odds makers expect California Chrome, the 2014 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner, to remain the Derby favorite; however, Steve Asmussen, whose Tapiture is drawing a +2800 Kentucky Derby price, indicated this year’s Run for the Roses could be anybody’s race.

“I think it (the Kentucky Derby) is a tremendously competitive race, with California Chrome possibly standing out from a numbers standpoint,” Asmussen said. “But he’s got to do that here. We’ve got nothing but respect for him, but I think everybody else is kind of in the same boat.”

The 2014 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3rd at the Churchill Downs Race Track in Louisville, Kentucky. Post time for the Derby is set for 6:24pm ET; the race will be broadcast live on NBC.

Kentucky Derby 2014 Contenders: Odds Provided by

California Chrome +300
Wicked Strong +500
Samraat +1200
Danza +1500
Hoppertunity +1500
Vicar’s In Trouble +2000
Ride On Curlin +2400
Wildcat Red +2500
Dance With Fate +2800
Tapiture +2800
Social Inclusion +2800
Bayern +3000
Candy Boy +3000
Intense Holiday +3500
General A Rod +3500
We Miss Artie +4000
Commanding Curve +5000
Medal Count +5000
Uncle Sigh +5000
Big Bazinga +7500
Pablo Del Monte +7500
Chitu +7500
Harry’s Holiday +7500
Ring Weekend +7500
Vinceremos +9000
Tamarando +10000
Noble Moon +10000