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140th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Racetrack: Churchill Downs

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Date: May 3, 2014

2014 Kentucky Derby - California Chrome shines bright

Before his workload and the scrutiny become heavier next week, California Chrome will enjoy a few light days.

The Kentucky Derby champion looked fresh following his 1 3/4-length victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday and seemed to be handling the ensuing fame quite well. After a Sunday morning walk and bath, the chestnut colt stood tall and proud like a runway model, making sure photographers got plenty of pictures.

With attention likely to increase as California Chrome heads to Pimlico for the Preakness on May 17, trainer Art Sherman wants his horse as relaxed as possible before returning to work. The horse will rest this week at Churchill Downs before flying to Baltimore next Monday to prepare for the Triple Crown's next jewel.

For Sherman, 77, it means adjusting his training routine from several weeks between starts to just a few with the Preakness followed by the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Which is why California Chrome will remain at racing's most famous track instead of flying back home or arriving early to prepare for the longer 1 3/16-mile race at Pimlico.

Kentucky Derby Betting OddsThe 2014 Kentucky Derby is fast approaching. This historic race will be run at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014. Bet on all the Triple Crown prep races live at Bookmaker.

Triple Crown Betting Online: It's another year at the races, and that means there are plenty of great events to beat the horse racing odds on as the road to the Triple Crown finally wraps up. Today, we are set to look at the 2014 Kentucky Derby here at BookMaker Sportsbook, and to do that, we'll look at all of the contenders and their morning line odds.

The 2014 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 3rd at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. This is one of the many fantastic races of the year, and it goes to post at approximately 6:24 p.m. ET. This field of 20 will take to the dirt in one of the biggest races of the year on the horse racing odds. The Derby can be seen live on NBC.

#1 Vicar's in Trouble (30/1) – Rosie Napravnik will try to get this pony up to the lead in a hurry off of the dreaded rail.

#2 Harry's Holiday (50/1) – One of the many colts in the field not expected to have any impact whatsoever on the horse racing betting odds.

#3 Uncle Sigh (30/1) – Was always second best to Samraat in New York's prep races, though certainly is a potential contender here.

#4 Danza (10/1) – If not for having the relatively unknown Joe Bravo on his back, we would be happier taking Danza on the horse racing gambling odds.

#5 California Chrome (5/2) – A perfect post for the biggest favorite the Derby has seen in years. California Chrome has won his last four races by at least five lengths each time out.

#6 Samraat (15/1) – The champ for the most part in New York, Samraat refuses to lose when he can see what's coming. The only time he was beaten was in a big close by Wicked Strong at the Wood.

#7 We Miss Artie (50/1) – A lifetime best Beyer Speed Rating of 94 isn't nearly impressive enough to contend at Churchill Downs.

#8 General a Rod (15/1) – A popular upset pick. Joel Rosario goes for his second straight Derby victory.

#9 Vinceremos (30/1) – Finished 28 lengths off the pace at the Blue Grass Stakes in his last start.

#10 Wildcat Red (15/1) – Another horse with a ton of heart. Wildcat Red looked dead at the Florida Derby when Constitution caught up, but he fought back and only lost by a neck.

#11 Hoppertunity (6/1) – The Rebel Stakes winner went West to challenge California Chrome at the Santa Anita Derby and was left in the dust.

#12 Dance With Fate (20/1) – One of the biggest closers in the field, but Dance With Fate only has one Beyer Speed Rating over 91 in his career.

#13 Chitu (20/1) – One of the field's tiniest horses, but Chitu will be noted on the horse racing wagering lines because of his recent blazing workouts at Churchill Downs.

#14 Medal Count (20/1) – Really hasn't gone up against any big time competition, short of coming in second best at the Blue Grass.

#15 Tapiture (15/1) – A bad luck horse who hasn't really had a great run in two straight races but still continues to fight.

#16 Intense Holiday (12/1) – Has already run in six Grade 1 or Grade 2 races in his career.

#17 Commanding Curve (50/1) – Will probably be the longest shot on the board come post-time.

#18 Candy Boy (20/1) – Gary Stevens came out of retirement and won the Preakness last year on Oxbow. Candy Boy is a similar horse.

#19 Ride On Curlin (15/1) – Sire Curlin is considered one of the top recently bred horses in the world. Calvin Borel will put him into a position to succeed.

#20 Wicked Strong (8/1) – Would have been easily the second favorite after winning the Wood if not for drawing the #20 post.

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Kentucky Derby Jockey Report

The road to the Triple Crown is officially on, and the betting action on the horse racing lines is going to be taking center stage here at BookMaker Sportsbook. Join us today as we break down the jockeys of the Kentucky Derby!

Some of the best horses in the world are set to give it a go in the biggest race the Sport of Kings has to offer. Today at BookMaker Sportsbook, we'll give you the heads up on the notable jockeys of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. The horse racing lines for the first leg of the Triple Crown will come off the board on Saturday, May 3rd, at 6:24 p.m. ET. NBC will have the live coverage of this duel of 20 horses from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.

You can usually tell a lot about a horse by looking at the jockey that is going to be on his back, and here at Churchill Downs, we know that we are going to see jockeys with all sorts of experience levels that will tell a lot of stories. Normally speaking, you don't want to have a bet on the horse racing betting lines on a pony who has an inexperienced jockey at this level on his back. If you want an example of that, look no further than Goldencents last year, who was one of the favorites in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Unknown Jockey Kevin Krigger had the ride on Goldencents, and he just never looked comfortable when push came to shove in the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports."

There are no such worries this year with Victor Espinoza, who is going to be on the back of California Chrome, the 5 to 2 favorite on the opening horse racing gambling lines. Espinoza isn't the only jockey that this horse has ever known, but he is the only one he has known this year. Since the jockey switch, California Chrome has won all four of his races by at least five lengths.

The leading jockey at Churchill Downs over the course of the last week has been Rosie Napravnik, who will be on Vicar's in Trouble on Saturday. Napravnik has six wins in her last 15 races here at the Mecca of the Sport of Kings, and she has a heck of a history as one of the top jockeys in Louisiana. It's telling that Napravnik, who really had her pick of any horse she wanted to ride from the Bayou, elected to ride Vicar's in Trouble instead of Intense Holiday, and we think that the morning line horse racing wagering lines are flat out off. Vicar's in Trouble has opened at 30 to 1 in spite of the fact that he has the top jockey from his state on his back, while Intense Holiday, being ridden by the very strong John Velazquez, is just 12 to 1.

Last year's Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Joel Rosario, will ride aboard General a Rode, one of the top contenders out of the Sunshine State in his quest to win consecutive Runs for the Roses.

BookMaker offers play-by-play betting odds for live sporting events every day! The user-friendly wagering interface on your smartphone provides an easy way to place bets on the go. Mobile betting lines are updated by the minute so click here to start gambling on thrilling live action at BookMaker Sportsbook! There is nothing like being able to get into all of the action on the track, and the Kentucky Derby might be one of the best of the year. Don't miss any of the action on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:24 p.m. ET at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on NBC.

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