Kentucky Derby 2014 Stalkers: Are They More Important Than Closers?

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
May/03/2014
Kentucky Derby 2014 Stalkers: Are They More Important Than Closers?

The Kentucky Derby 2014 stalkers are Danza, Samraat, Tapiture, Candy Boy and Ride On Curlin.  Bet online at SportsBettingOnline.com and receive up to 10 percent back on your losses weekly or get a 50 percent cash bonus up to $500.  Wager from your smartphone

A stalker as it pertains to horse racing is one that runs just behind the leaders.

Is this a good thing when it comes to the Kentucky Derby?

For sure it is.  In fact, stalkers tend to be looked upon more favorably than horses known for their closing ability.  That’s because, unlike closers, stalkers keep pace and do not necessarily need an extra boost of speed.

A great example of a stalker was Alydar in 1978.  He had the misfortune of racing in the Kentucky Derby the same year as Triple Crown winner Affirmed.  Nevertheless, he finished a close second to Affirmed that year.

Of this year’s stalkers, Danza had the shortest odds at 10-1.

 

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

Post

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

1

VACANT

     

2

Vicar's In Trouble

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker

31-1

3

Harry's Holiday

Corey Lanerie

Mike Maker

61-1

4

Uncle Sigh

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Gary Contessa

41-1

5

Danza

Joe Bravo

Todd Pletcher

10-1

6

California Chrome

Victor Espinoza

Art Sherman

+245

7

Samraat

Jose Ortiz

Rick Violette Jr.

12-1

8

We Miss Artie

Javier Castellano

Todd Pletcher

52-1

9

General A Rod

Joel Rosario

Mike Maker

26-1

10

Vinceremos

Joe Rocco Jr.

Todd Pletecher

50-1

11

Wildcat Red

Luis Saez

Jose Garoffalo

23-1

12

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton

26-1

13

Chitu

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

31-1

14

Medal Count

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

23-1

15

Tapiture

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Steve Asmussen

12-1

16

Intense Holiday

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

8-1

17

Commanding Curve

Shaun Bridgmohan

Dallas Stewart

31-1

18

Candy Boy

Gary Stevens

John Sadler

21-1

19

Ride On Curlin

Calvin Borel

William G. Gowan

20-1

20

Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

James A. Jerkens

10-1

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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