05/02/2014 6:39PM

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome is early 3-1 favorite

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After the close of ontrack wagering Friday, Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome was the 3-1 favorite in advance wagering for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, with Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong and Arkansas Derby winner Danza co-second choices at 8-1.

Ride On Curlin, to be ridden by three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, was next at 12-1 odds, followed closely by Louisiana Derby runner-up Intense Holiday at 13-1.

These odds reflected only wagers made onsite at Churchill Downs, perhaps reflecting the popularity of Ride On Curlin, with Borel being a local favorite.

The Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby double will-pays largely mirrored the Derby win wagering, with the payoff to California Chrome reflecting the shortest payoff at $11.40, following by the combination to Wicked Strong at $39.60 and to Danza at $44.60.

Ontrack handle on the Kentucky Derby was $202,807 by the close of wagering Friday, with offtrack wagers not yet incorporated. The handle reflects only a tiny fraction of the total amount that ultimately will be bet on the race.

Kentucky Derby Advance Wagering
1. Vicar’s in Trouble, 21-1
2. Harry’s Holiday, 35-1
3. Uncle Sigh, 22-1
4. Danza, 8-1
5. California Chrome, 3-1
6. Samraat, 18-1
7. We Miss Artie, 22-1
8. General a Rod, 27-1
9. Vinceremos, 38-1
10. Wildcat Red, 14-1
11. Hoppertunity, SCRATCHED
12. Dance With Fate, 14-1
13. Chitu, 25-1
14. Medal Count, 17-1
15. Tapiture, 27-1
16. Intense Holiday, 13-1
17. Commanding Curve, 26-1
18. Candy Boy, 16-1
19. Ride On Curlin, 12-1
20. Wicked Strong, 8-1
21. Pablo Del Monte, SCRATCHED

Oaks-Derby Double $2 Will-Pays
1. Vicar’s in Trouble, $142.40
2. Harry’s Holiday, $399.80
3. Uncle Sigh, $243.80
4. Danza, $44.60
5. California Chrome, $11.40
6. Samraat, $84.40
7. We Miss Artie, $295.60
8. General a Rod, $128.60
9. Vinceremos, $305.40
10. Wildcat Red, $129.20
11. Hoppertunity, SCRATCHED
12. Dance With Fate, $82.80
13. Chitu, $120.80
14. Medal Count, $86.80
15. Tapiture, $58.40
16. Intense Holiday, $58.40
17. Commanding Curve, $164.40
18. Candy Boy, $101.40
19. Ride On Curlin, $116.60
20. Wicked Strong, $39.60
21. Pablo Del Monte, SCRATCHED