Kentucky Derby TV Schedule: 3 May 2014, 4 – 7 PM EST NBC
Location: Churchill Downs
Distance: Mile and a Quarter
Purse: $2 Million Guaranteed
We are just a few short weeks away from the 140th edition of the Kentucky Derby. The major prep races have been concluded and the list of horses is stacked by points they have earned to date. The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports will be the proving ground. For some it will be a culmination of three years of breeding, training and excitement. For others, the 140th Run for the Roses will prove elusive and they will not have a post position on the first Saturday in May.
The required points have been netted, the entry fees are paid and the American obsession is about to be fulfilled for another year. Enter the 140th edition of the Kentucky Derby and the opening race of the Triple Crown. Gone are the grading stakes earnings that were used to decide the 20 horse field. Kentucky Derby 140 is the second year using the points based system.
Betting philosophies will vary at greater lengths than Republicans and Democrats debate policy. Many “handicappers” will make use of split times, pedigree data and dosage numbers believing they have recipe to hit it big. Many others will step to the window hoping to pick a winner thru the “scientific” use of favorite colors, favorite numbers or naming that just sound to good not to win. Whatever the chosen method there will be millions of people standing tall or sitting on the edge of their seats as 20 thoroughbreds turn for home in the most exciting two minutes in sports.
No matter the number of horses entered, the starting gate will only hold 20. However, there are still 39 horses technically still alive for a Run for the Roses. Some major contenders will not run, others may succumb to an injury but have no fear, on Derby Day, there will be 20 horses in the starting gate for Kentucky Derby 140. Below is a list of the 39 horses still on the Derby Trail.
|1||California Chrome||Art Sherman||150|
|2||Vicar's in Trouble||Mike Maker||120|
|3||Dance With Fate||Peter Eurton||108|
|4||Wicked Strong||Jimmy Jerkens||102|
|5||Samraat||Rick Violette Jr.||100|
|9||Intense Holiday||Todd Pletcher||93|
|10||Wildcat Red||Jose Garrofalo||90|
|11||We Miss Artie||Todd Pletcher||60|
|12||Ride on Curlin||Billy Gowan||55|
|15||Midnight Hawk||Bob Baffert||52|
|16||Ring Weekend||H. Graham Motion||50|
|17||General a Rod||Mike Maker||40|
|18||Medal Count||Dale Romans||40|
|19||Candy Boy||John Sadler||30|
|20||Cairo Prince||Kiaran McLaughlin||24|
|21||Uncle Sigh||Gary Contessa||24|
|23||Harry's Holiday||Mike Maker||20|
|24||Commanding Curve||Dallas Stewart||20|
|25||Pablo Del Monte||Wesley Ward||20|
|27||Social Inclusion||Manny Azpurua||20|
|28||Big Bazinga||Katerina Vassilieva||14|
|30||Strong Mandate||D. Wayne Lukas||11|
|31||In Trouble||Tony Dutrow||10|
|32||Noble Moon||Leah Gyarmati||10|
|36||Conquest Titan||Mark Casse||9|
|39||Asserting Bear||Reade Baker||5|
Not since Affirmed in 1978 has a horse won the Triple Crown. Orb fell to Oxbow at the Preakness Stakes last year after an impressive run to victory at the 2013 edition of the Kentucky Derby. I’ll Have Another was the last horse to attempt the feat in 2012. He won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but was scratched due to injury before the Belmont and retired to stud.
Every horse entering the starting gate will be vying to become the 12th horse to ever win the Triple Crown. Will one of this year’s entrants make the hallowed list? One talented horse will have a shot when all the owners, trainers, jockeys and fans go to bed on Saturday night after the dust has settled from Kentucky Derby 140. Sit back and relax and enjoy the Sport of Kings, enjoy the most exhilarating two minutes in sports and if you are lucky, win a couple of dollars doing it. Below is the list of the 11 Triple Crown winners throughout history.
|1919||Sir Barton||John Loftus|
|1930||Gallant Fox||Earl Sande|
|1937||War Admiral||Charley Kurtsinger|
|1943||Count Fleet||John Longden|
|1977||Seattle Slew||Jean Cruguet|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza|
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