The 2014 Kentucky Derby, the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," takes place later today. The 2014 Kentucky Derbt Start Time is set for 6:24pm EST tonight from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2014 Kentucky Derby Odds are listed below in their entirety, with post positions for each horse with California Chrome favored to win the race.
Hoppertunity became the first horse to have to be scratched from the race. Churchill Downs is hoping that is the only horse that has to miss the 140th running of this race. California Chrome has been tabbed as the odds-one favorite to win the race, currently drawing 5/2 odds on Friday. California Chrome is the first favorite this strong in six seasons, when Big Brown was close to a 2-to-1 favorite.
The only other horse currently drawing single-digit odds is Wicked Strong in the 20th post at 8/1. Many horses have fallen with odds and are now garnering more value.
Below is the complete 140th Kentucky Derby Updated Odds (Odds via KentuckyDerby.com)
1. Vicar's In Trouble (22/1)
2. Harry's Holiday (40/1)
3. Uncle Sigh (28/1)
4. Danza (10/1)
5. California Chrome (2/1)
6. Samraat (14/1)
7. We Miss Artie (22/1)
8. General A Rod (28/1)
9. Vinceremos (53/1)
10. Wildcat Red (16/1)
11. Hoppertunity Scratched from race
12. Dance With Fate (14/1)
13. Chitu (26/1)
14. Medal Count (24/1)
15. Tapiture (38/1)
16. Intense Holiday (15/1)
17. Commanding Curve (31/1)
18. Candy Boy (15/1)
19. Ride On Curlin (16/1)
20. Wicked Strong (8/1)
"The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" is held annually at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. The Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is almost always the most attended horse race in North America. Two years ago, I'll Have Another became the first horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby while opening on the 19th post. Now the only post never to have a winner is No. 17. Both posts No. 1 and No. 5 have the most Kentucky Derby winners of all time with 12 while No. 4 has seen 11 winners. Orb, the winner of last year's race, came from the No. 16 post.
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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