Vicar’s in Trouble is one of the smallest horses in this year’s Kentucky Derby field, but he’s considered one of the best bets to upstage the early favorites at 35/1 odds. He’s the third Louisiana-bred ever to start in the Run for the Roses, but unfortunately a Louisiana-bred has never won the Kentucky Derby. Could Vicar be the little horse that could? Vicar’s in Trouble won his home-state derby on the lead on March 29 when the pace broke down. Owned by Nicholasville’s Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar also won the Lecomte Stakes. He has some early speed, which he’ll have to use at the break on Saturday to avoid getting hemmed in on the rail. Here a preview of Vicar’s in Trouble, along with the full list of Kentucky Derby Odds.
Despite his size, Vicar’s in Trouble entered Wednesday’s Kentucky Derby draw No. 2 in the points standings behind California Chrome. “He’s got a great big stride,” Napravnik said. “And he’s extremely well put together. If you look at any of the photos of him, if you weren’t standing near him, you’d think he was as big as anybody else.”
“He’s a horse that’s really done everything right from day one,” Napravnik said. “He’s moved forward in all of his races. He stretched out from sprinting to going long as well as any horse can. He’s gone further and further in great order.”
There is a case to be made that a small horse has an advantage in a 20-horse field. Bigger horses tend to find traffic problems. Nimble, more explosive horses can accelerate out of trouble. And Vicar’s in Trouble is explosive.
“Absolutely,” Maker said Wednesday. So enough about being small. “He’s a little horse but he doesn’t know it,” said the trainer. “He doesn’t run like it.”
2014 Kentucky Derby
When: Saturday May 03@12:00 PM ET
Pick: Vicar’s in Trouble 35/1
The Bottom Line: He’s a small horse who can get out the gate fast, combined with a long stride, could be the Cinderella of the Derby. We recommend you sign up with Sportsbook to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the 2014 Kentucky Derby.