Hello my favorite horse racing handicappers! We are just a few days away from the most watched horse race of the year the 2014 Kentucky Derby. The post positions were drawn yesterday so it’s time to roll out our 2014 Kentucky Derby Free Picks. These picks take into account the prep races leading up to the big day, their running styles along with post position. California Chrome looks like the one to beat and one horse that was thought to rival him Hoppertunity has just announced his withdrawal from the race. With a race that has 20 of the best three year olds going at it post position does play a big factor as well. Here are a few facts below:No horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby from the 17th gate.
Being stuck on the rail can be bad news has there has not been a Kentucky Derby in the last 25 years that has won from the 1st and 2nd post position.
In the last 2 out of 3 Derby Races 16 has been the lucky number as Animal Kingdom and Orb raced from there.
Post position 10 has the most winners sitting at 9 Kentucky Derby winners coming from that post position.
With that being said a horse can always upset the odds as crazy things have happen in previous Kentucky Derby’s with long shots taking the Roses. Here are the 2014 Kentucky Derby Free Picks:
1.) California Chrome – He killed the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby showing the strongest presence out of any Derby prep races. Looks like the one to beat and he can stalk the pace with firing hard at the end. His 77 year old Trainer Art Sherman would become the oldest trainer to ever win the Kentucky Derby. He has guaranteed a win with this horse being rode by the excellent Victor Espinoza.
2.) Wildcat Red- I really like this horses spirit and he has won the hearts of people at the paddock. Reminds me of a horse that we might know called Zenyatta. I don’t think he is as good as Zenyatta and will have to pack his lunch to beat California Chrome but has a shot. Admire how he always battles and if his condition is good he will be in the mix.
3.) Danza- With this field this horse should be in the mix and taking 3rd place would be possible. He is one of the most impressive horses out of the top 2 above. Pletcher always gets a good horse to vote for him and he will be hoping this horse can pull it off.
Those are my 2014 Kentucky Derby Free Picks~ I always play longshots as well in the Derby because you just never know. With 20 horses banging into each other the best of the best could fail not to mention the 100,000 fans going crazy in the stands. Here are my long shot plays that I would at least do a $2.00 win bet on:
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