LOUISVILLE, Ky. May,1st 2014 – Cairo Prince tumbled and Constitution rumbled in the Power Rankings, which underwent a dramatic revision this week. Cairo Prince had been a fixture atop the Power Rankings, sitting there quietly like Jabba The Hutt; but Saturday, without ever threatening, he finished fourth in the Florida Derby, where Constitution proclaimed himself a serious -- make that Serious -- player. And so Cairo Prince drops to No. 10 and Constitution debuts at No. 4, in a tie with Tapiture. But Constitution isn't the only horse to make his Power Rankings debut this week. After winning the Louisiana Derby, a diminutive ball of volition named Vicar's In Trouble debuts at No. 8, in a tie with Wildcat Red.
Here's what you have to know about the Florida Derby -- 48.19 seconds. The opening half-mile was so slow it was almost poached. The half-mile splits in the other two-turn races Saturday at Gulfstream Park were 47.67 seconds, 47.00 seconds, 47.67 seconds and 47.55 seconds. Even maidens were more hurried in their opening statement than Wildcat Red, who was able to stroll away languidly and unchallenged.
From there, he had to win, right? Granted this wasn't the speed-biased drag strip that encouraged him to zip into the Fountain of Youth -- Saturday's Gulfstream surface was much different. Still, he was given an early lead and a long moment to saunter before being challenged. What followed from there was predictable -- General A Rod couldn't get by the leader and Cairo Prince, looking more like a thin Jabba The Hut with each passing marker, couldn't make up any ground. Yes, it was all so predicable -- well, more or less predictable, except for one thing: Constitution shot through an opening and ran the final three-eighths of a mile in 36.76 seconds. Charging into that promenade of a pace, he made up two lengths and beat Wildcat Red by a neck.
That was impressive. A little rank early, Constitution quickly learned to control his speed, accepting the priorities of his rider, Javier Castellano; and then the handsome son of Tapit displayed both courage and determination in the stretch. Beyond the wire, after completing the 1 ⅛ miles in 1:49.16, he galloped out strongly, propelled by eagerness.
Yes, Constitution has raced only three times in his career; he didn't start as a 2-year-old. And, yes, no Kentucky Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 was unraced as a juvenile. But Apollo Schamallo, Constitution just might be good enough.
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Churchill Downs will offer pari-mutuel future wagering on the Kentucky Derby in November for the first time when Pool 1 for the 2014 Derby opens for a four-day run Wednesday at noon Eastern. While track officials readily concede that the 24th or “all others” alternative to 23 separately listed interests figures to be a huge favorite when wagering closes Saturday, they still wanted to explore the marketing possibilities of “being able to offer a futures pool while we’re conducting a live race meet for the first time,” according to Churchill spokesman Darren Rogers, while also simply “seeing what it’s like to have a futures pool this far out from the Derby.”
The 2014 Kentucky Derby Post Positions were released today 04/30/2014 from Churchill Downs for Saturday's "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports." The Kentucky Derby will begin at 6:24pm EST this Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The 140th Kentucky Derby Odds are listed below in their entirety. Califonia Chrome has been listed as a 7-5 morning-line favorite by Churchill oddsmaker Mike Battaglia the 140th Derby is run May 3, 2014.