2014 Kentucky Derby
It’s only a matter of time before the best of the best take Churchill Downs by storm in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. Measuring in at one and a quarter miles, this event is often referred to as “the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, and never fails in delivering some of the most intense action any racing fan could ask for. Offering an impressive $2,000,000 purse, the Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the US Triple Crown and has been run every single year since its inception in 1875.
Three-year-old thoroughbreds all over the country are currently making their way down the road to the Kentucky Derby, competing in a series of prep races in an effort to secure their spots at Churchill Downs. Each prep race awards points to the top four finishers and come mid-April, the 20 horses with the highest point totals are the ones you’ll spot bursting out of the starting gate in May.
Last Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct proved to be somewhat of a game changer for those attempting to earn a spot in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Samraat outran Uncle Sigh and In Trouble to nail a first place finish. This victory allowed him to pick up an additional 50 points, bumping him up 15 spots and placing him in the lead, with Pletcher’s Intense Holiday a mere seven points behind him. Uncle Sigh finished second and In Trouble took third, allowing them both to secure their spots in the top 20 this week.
The road to the Kentucky Derby is still wide open and we’ll just have to wait to see which thoroughbreds make their way up the ranks to form the final top 20 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out our list of derby contenders for a better idea of who you can expect to see at Churchill Downs this spring.