Here is the latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 3th at Churchill Downs. The prep races are over so no more chances to get points in the new point system to determine which horses can get in the race instead of the old graded earnings list. With only a couple of weeks left before the Derby, the only movement now will be if horses drop out or they add to their graded earnings if they are tied in the points.
Below is my latest list of contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index and dual qualifiers have been marked with a * by their dosage index. Each horse names links to a profile with lots of info and a photo. Jockey assignments are starting to firm up now but a few are still yet to be announced. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed in January with 414 horses, and late nominations, which cost $6000, closed in late March with 10 additional horses. Those are the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee, but with rule changes this year late supplements will have the same priority as the nominees if anyone wants to pay the $200,000 fee.
Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard - the points earned by contenders in these designated prep races are what will determine who gets in the Kentucky Derby and Oaks at entry time this year. Updated weekly.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2014 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks. Revamped for 2014 to new format with additional info.
Security still tight for 2014 - if you are going to the Derby or Oaks be sure to check here to find out what you can bring in with you. The enhanced security from last year is back again so no big cameras, camcorders, big purses, or coolers. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
2014 Triple Crown Late Nominations - 10 more thoroughbreds were made eligible for the three Triple Crown races for a fee of $6000 by the late nomination deadline, including El Camino Real Derby runner-up Dance With Fate and Spiral Stakes runner-up Harry's Holiday. Any not nominated now will have to pay a huge supplement fee to enter. Check out the list here.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager - This year there were 4 pools starting in November of 2013 plus a single pool for the Oaks. Surprisingly, thie field of all other 3-year-olds was the favorite in all 4 pools.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.
Get a head start on handicapping the Kentucky Derby here:
Review: Betting the Kentucky Derby - How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race by Dean Keppler. Breaks the task of handicapping the Derby into easy to understand strategies that any bettor at any level of play can implement and gives strategies for wagering as well.