In just a few hours the most exciting 2 minutes in sports will begin as the Kentucky Derby is set to take place at 6:24 pm ET tonight at Churchill Downs in Louisville. There are several Contenders in the event, including Samraat, who will start in the 6th slot and has been installed as 15/1 Odds to win the Derby.

Samraat’s Record: 5-1-0 in 6 Races. Trainer: Richard Violette Jr. Jockey: Jose Ortiz. Sire: Nobel Causeway. Dam: Little Indian Girl. Best Beyer Speed: 98

This is a horse that knows how to win as it comes in with 5 wins in his 6 career races. Samraat's not only a winner, but he’s a fighter as well. He prevailed in the Withers Stakes after a race-long battle with Uncle Sigh, and he gained the decision in the Gotham after a bitter, three-way stretch duel. Despite competing in progressively tougher races, he has learned to rate effectively, an asset in a potentially speed-laden Kentucky Derby. Samraat's lone second place finish was at the Wood Memorial back on April 5th. 

Samraat's sire is Noble Causeway, who earned all three of his career victories at 1 1/8 miles, with graded stakes placings at that distance in the 2005 Florida Derby and 2006 Ben Ali Stakes. Noble Causeway has sired 4 crops of racing age, but Samraat is the only horse that is a United States graded stakes winner. Samraat is the first graded stakes winner out of the winning Indian Charlie mare Little Indian Girl (His Dam), whose only win came at 1 1/16 miles.

Jose Ortiz is the jockey for Samraat. Jose Ortiz comes in with 79 wins out of 370 races for the year so far. He is 7th on the 2014 money list earning $4.3 million so far.

Samraat’s distance capability comes from his dam. Both of his Grade 3 wins came at 1 1/16 miles, and he ran willingly with added distance in the Wood Memorial. I would look for him to be in the mix down the stretch of this race. 

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MovieKentucky Derby Preview: Samraat
What horse racing bettors need to know about betting Samraat in the Kentucky Derby, which takes place on Saturday (5/03/14)- With insight from Pregame.com's Chuck Edel & host Marco D'Angelo.