Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White says California Chrome is 5-2 on Kentucky Derby day in his book.
White suggests odds on all current Derby contenders. Churchill Downs’ Mike Battaglia will announce the official morning line for the Kentucky Derby after post positions are drawn on April 30.
“There is absolutely no question California Chrome, who was so impressive when he won the Santa Anita Derby, is going to be the Kentucky Derby favorite,” said White.
“California Chrome heads into the Kentucky Derby having run not one, not two, not three, but four big races in a row. I started him off as a 7-2 favorite Kentucky Derby favorite, then lowered him to 3-1 after Constitution dropped out. And then, after Cairo Prince also dropped out, I lowered California Chrome again, this time to 5-2.
“What’s really up in the air is who will be second favorite. Both Constitution and Cairo Prince would have been in the running for second favoritism. I’m thinking the second favorite might be Hoppertunity or Wicked Strong.
“I have those two at the same price, 8-1. Or, then again, it might turn out to be somebody else. That would not surprise me.”
Here are White’s current Kentucky Derby odds. Note he omits Midnight Hawk and uses Harry’s Holiday, number 21 on the current Derby points chart:
California Chrome (5-2), Hoppertunity (8-1), Wicked Strong (8-1), Danza (12-1), Vicar’s in Trouble (12-1), Dance With Fate (15-1), General a Rod (15-1), Samraat (15-1), Tapiture (15-1), Wildcat Red (15-1), Candy Boy (20-1), Intense Holiday (20-1), Medal Count (20-1), Ride On Curlin (20-1), Uncle Sigh (20-1), Chitu (30-1), Harry’s Holiday (30-1), Ring Weekend (30-1), Vinceremos (30-1), We Miss Artie (30-1).
Edited Santa Anita release