The first Saturday in May is upon us, and it’s time for the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby! Crowds are already beginning to flock to Louisville to watch the first leg of the Triple Crown Series LIVE from Churchill Downs (hopefully you’re a part of these crowds). But before you can unleash your excitement about the 2014 Kentucky Derby in full force, you probably have a few questions.
Who are the contenders for the Kentucky Derby? What fillies are taking the field in the Kentucky Oaks? What are the post times? What are the post positions? How do I not miss anything?
All fair questions and all questions that we’re about to answer for you! Churchill Downs will inevitably be a mad house on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days – it’s known to host over 140,000 people! Knowing the answers to these questions before you head into the track will be important; it will allow you to plan in advance when you want to be in hospitality, when you want to be in your seats, what horses you want to bet on and much more!
In case you didn’t already know, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks are not the only races run on their perspective days. Friday, the day of the Oaks, 12 different races are run, with the 11th race being the Kentucky Oaks.
On Saturday, Derby day, 13 different races are run, with the 10th race being the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and the 11th being the Kentucky Derby.
Knowing the post times will help you decide where you want to watch from: the hospitality area or your seat in the stands. Plus, if you decide to venture outside of your venue if your hospitality doesn’t have a private restroom or to see other areas of Churchill Downs, it’s important to keep track of time because maneuvering the crowded concourses will take you a while to get back to your seats.
2014 Kentucky Oaks Post Times
2014 Kentucky Derby Post Times
Now, as for 140th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders, take a look at the fields and the post positions for each horse. Remember, the post positions can dramatically impact how the horse performs and the positions on the rail are considered the best positions. Otherwise, the horse will have to compete for the rail right out of the gate.
2014 Kentucky Oaks Contenders and Post Positions
2014 Kentucky Derby Contenders and Post Positions
**5/1/14 IMPORTANT UPDATE: Hoppertunity has been scratched from the race due to a foot problem.
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