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Charlie Cooper’s Kentucky Derby picks

Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 3.

Best Bet: Race 11 California Chrome

Best Longshot: Race 12 Platitude

No. Horse; Jockey; Comments; Odds

Race 1: 1 Mile; Starter Allowance; Purse $40,000; 3 YO and Up

2 Upkeep; Rocco; Back to better level; 5-2

8 Doctor Peter; Borel; On the improve; 3-1

6 Prosecution; Court; Should love the cutback; 5-1

4 Victory Colors; Lanerie; Ran career best this distance; 20-1

3 Nick’s Pick; Goncalves; 7-2

7 Foolhardy; Mena; 10-1

1 Trace Creek; Leparoux; 4-1

5 Professor Trek; Fadlovich; 20-1

Race 2: 1 1/16 Miles; Allowance; Purse $65,000; 3 YO

6 Chas’s Legacy; Rocco; The one to beat; 4-1

3 Sheikinator; Albarado; Blinkers on may be the key, moves late; 8-1

7 Rockford; Rosario; Missed a check once; 3-1

8 Unstoppable Colby; Landeros; May try to wire them; 5-1

5 Demander; Hernandez; 7-2

2 Ship to Shore; Court; 8-1

1 No Surrender; Bravo; 5-1

4 B and B’s Pulpit; Torres; 12-1

Race 3: 6 Furlongs; Maiden Special Weight; Purse $60,000 3 YO and Up

10 Boss Gone; Hernandez; The call in wide open event; 8-1

2 Reeder; Rocco; First time Lasix and dirt; 4-1

1 Masochistic; Espinoza; Better than debut, sharp works since; 4-1

8 A Touch of Poetry; Ortiz; Speedster adds blinkers; 5-1

9 Coastal Moon; Elliott; 3-1

4 Swift Humor; Graham; 12-1

3 Q Two; Lanerie; 6-1

6 Splinter; Castanon; 20-1

7 Ranger Regiment; Pedroza; 20-1

5 Grand Slam Kid; Fadlovich; 20-1

Race 4: 1 1/16 Miles Turf; Allowance; Purse $65,000; Fillies and Mares; 3 YO and Up

10 Kyriaki; Smith; On the improve; 3-1

2 Faerie; Queene; Lanerie Back on turf; 10-1

5 Night Song; Bravo; Impressive in turf start; 6-1

3 Magical Steps; Graham; Should stalk and go late; 7-2

7 Flashy Gal; Rosario; 4-1

8 First Romance; Rocco; 12-1

4 Kimallosa; Leparoux; 5-1

1 Abundantly Clear; Castellano; 12-1

6 Sultry Warrior; Castanon; 20-1

9 Finishing Touch; Pompell; 30-1

Race 5: 7 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse $65,000; 3 YO

1 Watery Moon; Garcia; Sharp in debut, jock stays; 3-1

11 Sultry Cat; Albarado; Adds bullet after sharp debut win; 4-1

9 Jessica’s Star; Graham; Game all three starts, back on dirt; 8-1

2 Twang; Rosario; Inside speedster back on dirt; 5-1

8 Ulanbator; Leparoux; 5-1

7 Thundergram; Elliott; 6-1

10 Bitters ‘n Bourbon; Smith; 10-1

5 How Bout That; Hernandez; 12-1

3 Standpoint; Bridgmohan; 20-1

6 Johnmack Daddy; Castanon; 30-1

4 Saint Finian; Landeros; 30-1

Race 6: 1 Mile; CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE; Purse $300,000; Fillies & Mares; 4 YO and Up

9 Centre Court; Leparoux; Undefeated at Churchill; 7-5

4 Dame Marie; Ortiz; Back to favorite track; 12-1

7 Ready Signal; Bravo; Goes for third win in a row; 12-1

3 Miz Ida; Bridgmohan; 5 of 7 career wins this distance; 6-1

1 Tapicat; Rosario; 4-1

2 Coffee Clique; Castellano; 12-1

8 Effie Trinket; Saez; 6-1

5 Absolute Crackers; Garcia; 10-1

6 I’m Already Sexy; Geroux; 10-1

Race 7: 7 Furlongs; THE HUMANA DISTAFF; Purse $300,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO and Up

3 Judy the Beauty; Velazquez; Never off the board in career; 3-1

8 Midnight Lucky; Napravnik; Runs big fresh; 5-2

5 Scherzinger; Smith; Goes for fifth win in last six starts; 7-2

6 Iotapa; Espinoza; Shows sharp California form; 7-2

7 Speedinthruthecity; Santana; 15-1

2 Heart Stealer; Rosario; 5-1

1 Street Girl; Leparoux; 20-1

4 Saturday Nthe Park; Albarado; 20-1

Race 8: 1 1/16 Miles; AMERICAN TURF STAKES; Purse $250,000; 3 YO

3 Quotient; Espinoza; Adds four good works since just missing; 9-2

11 Woodfield Springs; Leparoux; A strong factor late; 5-1

8 Storming Inti; Castellano; Back on turf; 4-1

10 Picozza; Velazquez; Very game in first stakes try; 5-1

5 Global View; Stevens; 9-2

2 Chief Barker; Graham; 5-1

1 Cleburne; Smith; 30-1

4 Long On Value; Rosario; 20-1

7 Big Bazinga; Hernandez; 12-1

6 Craftsman; Nakatani; 12-1

9 General Jack; Napravnik; 30-1

Race 9: 7 Furlongs; THE CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES; Purse $400,000; 4 YO and Up

4 Sahara Sky; Rosario; Never off the board this distance; 4-1

10 Delaunay; Napravnik; Runs big off the layoff; 9-2

11 Shakin It Up; Smith; Shows bullets for Bob; 7-2

1 Capo Bastone; Velazquez; Will be flying late; 10-1

2 Clearly Now; Castellano; 9-2

9 Central Banker; Nakatani; 8-1

8 Falling Sky; Saez; 10-1

3 Broadway Empire; Stevens; 15-1

5 Quiet Force; Leparoux; 30-1

7 River Bear; Thornton; 20-1

6 Laugh Track; Mena; 10-1

Race 10: 1 1/8 Miles; WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC; Purse $500,000; 4 YO and Up

1 Wise Dan; Velazquez; Has won 20 of 28 career races; 4-5

10 Seek Again; Rosario; Trained by the best; 6-1

4 Admiral Kitten; Leparoux; Off the board once on turf; 10-1

7 Boisterous; Castellano; Always gives good effort; 8-1

5 Kaigun; Garcia; 8-1

8 Finnegans Wake; Smith; 20-1

9 Skyring; Rocco; 12-1

2 Bright Thought; Espinoza; 20-1

3 Guys Reward; Lanerie; 12-1

6 Moro Tap; Napravnik; 30-1

Race 11: 1¼ Mile; KENTUCKY DERBY; Purse $2,000,000; 3 YO

5 California Chrome; Espinoza; Breeding says no, I say YES; 5-2

4 Danza; Bravo; Duplicate of Arkansas derby could win it; 10-1

19 Ride On Curlin; Borel; Something left in tank, Moves late; 15-1

20 Wicked Strong; Maragh; Will have good pace to chase; 8-1

10 Wildcat Red; Saez; 15-1

8 General a Rod; Rosario; 15-1

6 Samraat; Ortiz; 15-1

1 Vicar’s in Trouble; Napravnik; 30-1

13 Chitu; Garcia; 20-1

3 Uncle Sigh; Ortiz; 30-1

15 Tapiture; Santana; 15-1

18 Candy Boy; Stevens; 20-1

12 Dance With Fate; Nakatani; 20-1

14 Medal Count; Albarado; 20-1

16 Intense Holiday; Velazquez; 12-1

17 Commanding Curve; Bridgmohan; 50-1

7 We Miss Artie; Castellano; 50-1

2 Harry’s Holiday; Lanerie; 50-1

9 Vinceremos; Rocco; 30-1

Race 12: 6 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse $70,000; 3 YO and Up

2 Platitude; Lanerie; Back to best distance; 6-1

7 Bull Dozer; Napravnik; Wins at 38% clip; 3-1

4 Vanity Feature; Hernandez; Blinkers off may be the key; 7-2

3 Slan Abhaile; Rosario; Back to better company; 7-2

9 Captain Genius; Goncalves; 12-1

1 Sandbar; Albarado; 12-1

6 Positively; Bridgmohan; 6-1

5 Carving; Rocco; 8-1

8 Shut Up Chris; Osorio; 20-1

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