Vicar's In Trouble, Dance With Fate and Chitu are all being tabbed as potential longshots in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. The current odds for Vicar's In Trouble, Dance With Fate and Chitu make the horses three of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Longshots and Potential Contenders on this day before the race. The Kentucky Derby will begin at 6:24pm EST Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Vicar's In Touble
Current Odds: 22-to-1, Morning Line: 30-to-1
Dance With Fate
Current Odds: 14-to-1, Morning Line: 20-to-1
Current Odds: 26-to-1, Morning Line: 20-to-1
Vicar's In Trouble is doing to be ridden by Rosie Napravnik in this race, who certainly has a strong horse background with her parents being involved in horses as well. The Mike Maker-trained horse has a pretty good shot in this race despite the odds. Napravnik isn't a rookie when it comes to the Churchill Downs, either. She won the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 on top of Believe You Can and took ninth in the 2011 Derby aboard Pants on Fire. Vicar's In Trouble is by the same sire as Goldencents and Vyjack. Vicar's In Trouble placed first at Lecomte and the Louisiana Derby.
Dance With Fate has improved on his Beyer Speed Figures each start this season, going from 83 up to 97. He'll have to run faster than that to win the Derby. In the last race he ran, the Grade 1 Blue Grass, Dance With Fate came from 11th position to win the race. The horse also took second place in the El Camino Real Derby and the FrontRunner at Santa Anita last September.
Chitu is just a half-length away from being undefeated in four lifetime races and is one of only 11 second-year male horses to top the 100 Beyer mark on dirt. Chitu is fast out of the gate but might not be able to lead the pack most of the way. Bob Baffert is the trainer, which makes this horse an interesting longshot at the 20-1 odds. Baffert has three Kentucky Derby crowns to his name, most recently in 2002 with War Emblem.
Current Odds: 20/1
Marco's Kentucky Derby Wrap Up
Marco D'Angelo, from Pregame.com gives his final thoughts on what to look for in the Kentucky derby, which takes plays on Saturday (5/03/14).
Kentucky Derby Facts
— The biggest "longshot" was in 1913 when Donerail paid out at 91.45-1 odds.
— The highest attendance ever was in 1974 with 163,628 people (2009 was 153,563).
— An "official" Mint Julip at the Kentucky Derby is made with "Early Times" whiskey.
— New York sports columnist Bill Corum coined the phrase "Run for the Roses."
Kentucky Derby Records
Winning Jockey: Both Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack have recorded five wins each. For Arcaro you need to travel back to 1938 (final win was in 1952) for his first of five wins and for Hartack back to 1957 (final win was in 1969).
Winning Trainer: Ben A Jones worked together with jockey Eddie Arcaro spanning from 1938 to 1952 and collected a total of six wins at the Kentucky Derby.
Winning Owner: Over a course of 27 years, Calumet Farm had a total of eight Derby wins (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958).
Winning Length: There is a tie between two horses from the 1940s, Whirlaway and Assault. Both captured the Kentucky Derby with a margin of eight lengths (1941 for Whirlaway and 1946 for Assault).
Winning Time: Probably one of the most famous horses in history, Secretariat, is the holder of this record. In 1973 he ran the Derby in 1:59:40 and is the only horse to ever run the 11/4 mile race in under two minutes.
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