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Intense Holiday is doing well at Churchill. (Photos by Eclipse Sportswire)

What better way to build some ABRV team spirit than with a little wagering competition? Below, the ambassadors have broken down their picks for Saturday’s Run for the Roses. Not only will the ambassador who wins have a little extra cash in his/her pocket but also, more importantly, bragging rights on the rest of the crew. Without further ado, the picks:

Ciara Austin

There’s no denying that California Chrome has rightfully gained his place as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The fastest horse in the field has won all three of his starts this year and four straight overall. He is the one to watch. Although his pedigree comes from a line of sprinters, it hasn’t seemed to play a role in his performance.

I personally just can’t get enough of Dance With Fate. Besides being the most handsome horse of the field of 20, I believe he has great potential and I’ve enjoyed watching his progress since his 2-year-old season. From post position 11 (saddlecloth and program number 12), Corey Nakatani will know how to handle Dance With Fate for not only the surface but also the distance.

Wicked Strong and Intense Holiday both are strong contenders in this race, and I wanted to find a way to include them in my strategy. Wicked Strong didn’t pull the best post position 19 (saddlecloth and program number 20) but is known to be a closer. Intense Holiday has steadily been improving and he may be ready to run this distance.

Strategy: $4 exacta: 5,12,20 with 5,16 = $20 bet (California Chrome, Dance With Fate, Wicked Strong with California Chrome, Intense Holiday)

DANCE WITH FATE

Dancewithfate

Dan Tordjman

I always say that the key to cashing at the races is betting with your mind and not your heart. But if you’ve followed my Twitter feed or had any conversation with me about the Kentucky Derby since February, I’ve been talking about a horse who stole my heart. His name is Vinceremos, and if you haven’t heard the backstory on him Google it - immediately.

Anyhow, ol’ Vince doesn’t come in riding high. He didn’t take to the synthetic Polytrack surface in his last prep race at Keeneland Race Course and he’s been listed at 30-to-1 on the morning line. You wouldn’t put $20 on the horse to win if I gave you my money to bet with. So, with that said, I’ll attempt to offer up a betting strategy with my mind, rather than my heart, to help you cash a nice ticket on Kentucky Derby 140.

Strategy: $1 exacta box: 5,6,9,16 = $12 bet (California Chrome, Samraat, Vinceremos, Intense Holiday)

50-cent trifecta: 5,9 with 5,9,10 with 5,6,9,10,16,19 = $8 bet (California Chrome, Vinceremos with California Chrome, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red with California Chrome, Samraat, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, Ride On Curlin)

Jose Contreras

I have not seen any horse stand out as much as California Chrome has done so far this year. He’s going to be the favorite, so the best way to make some money will be with the exotics. California Chrome’s biggest hurdle will be the post position and trip. Speaking in terms of talent, I think he’s much better than the rest of them. He doesn’t need the lead. He has won on the lead, stalking the pace and from the middle of the pack.

Strategy: 50-cent trifecta: 5 with 4,8,10,13,18,20 with 4,6,8,10,12,13,18,20 = $21 bet (California Chrome with Danza, General a Rod, Wildcat Red, Chitu, Candy Boy, Wicked Strong with Danza, Samraat, General a Rod, Wildcat Red, Dance With Fate, Chitu, Candy Boy, Wicked Strong)

Mike Johnson

For as stunning as California Chrome’s Kentucky Derby prep season was, I’m not completely sold on his dominant status for this race. Contender? Yes. Bonafide stud? I’d like to wait and see. The more I read about and watch Danza, I’m starting to grow a serious man crush on this horse. You can’t help but feel he’s peaking at the perfect time and trainer Todd Pletcher should have him ready to rock come Saturday. Medal Count, similarly, has a grinding style that I seem to be drawn to this time of year because it takes more than just talent to compete in this race. It takes guts — serious guts. Medal Count has ’em.   

Strategy: Danza (#4): $2 Win, $2 Place, $4 Show = $8 bet

$2 exacta box: 4,5,14 = $12 bet  (Danza, California Chrome, Medal Count)

DANZA

Danza

Victoria Garofalo

In case anyone was wondering, Derby fever is extremely contagious! In my family, we always say that spring doesn’t officially start until the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby opens. While I’ve watched the Kentucky Derby on TV for as long as I can remember, after seeing it live for the first time last year, this year’s Derby takes on an even greater meaning to me — I can feel that excitement and energy even more and can’t wait to see who crosses that finish line first and wears the roses.

Seemingly peaking at the right time, Intense Holiday has the perfect closing running style for the Derby and is my top choice. Jockey John Velazquez should sit the trip behind a potentially very fast early pace. In my eyes, the game Ride On Curlin has done nothing wrong this spring. Despite reading a stark stat that said not one in more than 3,400 foals out of Storm Cat mares has ever won a major race beyond 1 1/8 miles, I’ve been a big fan of him for a while now and think his local racing experience at Churchill and his (and his sire’s) heart makes him a serious contender. Had Samraat not lost the Wood Memorial Stakes to Wicked Strong, he would have been undefeated going into the Derby and most likely would have been the strong second favorite; at 15-to-1 he is great value. Tough last minute scratch for Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity, but now I’m throwing Chitu into my exotics — he’s lightly raced and if he can throttle that natural speed to avoid an early speed dual, I see him being there at the end of Churchill’s long Derby stretch. California Chrome is everyone’s favorite — he’s the logical now horse, has the best form — but everything will have to go his way and he’s going to be over bet. Still, I can’t leave him out of my exotics.

Strategy (aka: Vic’s Picks): $1 exacta box: 5,6,13,16,19 = $20 bet (California Chrome, Samraat, Chitu, Intense Holiday, Ride On Curlin)

Vince Mathews

The three horses I will use to try to spice up the exotics are Tapiture, Medal Count, and Danza. Tapiture already had his place in the Kentucky Derby starting gate locked up prior to his final prep race, the Arkansas Derby. Even though he broke from the two hole, Tapiture was wide virtually every step of the way in the Arkansas Derby. He will be reunited with the jockey who has done the best work with this colt, Ricardo Santana Jr.

As for Medal Count, he might be a turf-synthetic specialist, but trainer Dale Romans has brought two turf-synthetic specialists to the Kentucky Derby in recent years and hit the board with both of them (Dullahan and Paddy O’ Prado). Romans (an Eclipse Award-winning trainer) has not been shy about his affinity for Medal Count — he worked hard to make sure the colt had the necessary qualifying points to earn a spot in this field — and has said he is more confident in Medal Count than he was about either Dullahan or Paddy O’ Prado. Medal Count has also been receiving rave reviews about his appearance in recent mornings at Churchill Downs. Danza looked like a beast winning the Arkansas Derby, has trained well since arriving at Churchill and, perhaps, he has even more room to improve with the Derby being only his fifth lifetime start.

Strategy: $3 exacta box: 4,14,15 = $18 bet  (Danza, Medal Count, Tapiture)

$1 exacta box: 14,15 = $2 bet (Medal Count, Tapiture)

Click here to access America’s Best Racing’s betting calculator to calculate your own Derby bets.

$2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

Saturday, Churchill Downs, Race 11, Post Time 6:24

1 ¼ miles, dirt, 3-year-olds

Television: NBC coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

ML Odds

1

Vicar's in Trouble

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker

20-1

2

Harry's Holiday

Corey Lanerie

Mike Maker

50-1

3

Uncle Sigh

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Gary Contessa

30-1

4

Danza

Joe Bravo

Todd Pletcher

8-1

5

California Chrome

Victor Espinoza

Art Sherman

5-2

6

Samraat

Jose Ortiz

Rick Violette

15-1

7

We Miss Artie

Javier Castellano

Todd Pletcher

50-1

8

General a Rod

Joel Rosario

Mike Maker

15-1

9

Vinceremos

Joe Rocco Jr.

Todd Pletcher

30-1

10

Wildcat Red

Luis Saez

Jose Garoffalo

15-1

11

Hoppertunity

SCRATCHED

12

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton

20-1

13

Chitu

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

20-1

14

Medal Count

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

20-1

15

Tapiture

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Steve Asmussen

12-1

16

Intense Holiday

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

8-1

17

Commanding Curve

Shaun Bridgmohan

Dallas Stewart

50-1

18

Candy Boy

Gary Stevens

John Sadler

15-1

19

Ride On Curlin

Calvin Borel

William Gowan

15-1

20

Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

Jimmy Jerkens

6-1

21

Pablo Del Monte

Jeffrey Sanchez

Wesley Ward

50-1

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Seis Estrategias para el Kentucky Derby con $20 de Inversión

¿Cuál es la mejor forma de construir algún ABRV espíritu de equipo que con una pequeña competencia de apuestas? Abajo, los embajadores han dejado al descubierto sus pronósticos para la Carrera de la Rosas del sábado. El embajador que gane tendrá no sólo un poco de dinero extra en su bolsillo sino también, lo más importante, tendrá el derecho de alardear frente al resto del grupo. Sin más preámbulo, los pronósticos:

Ciara Austin

Nadie podrá negar que California Chrome tiene correctamente ganado su lugar como el favorito del Kentucky Derby. El caballo más rápido del grupo ha ganado sus tres carreras de este año y sus cuatro últimas, en general. Es el caballo a mirar. Aunque su línea de sangre proviene de velocistas, parece no ser éste un factor en sus actuaciones. 

Personalmente, no puedo tener más simpatía por Dance With Fate. Además de ser el caballo de mejor pinta del grupo de 20, creo que tiene un gran potencial y he gozado viendo sus progresos desde su temporada como dos añero. Desde el cajón 11 (mandil en la silla y número de programa 12), Corey Nakatani sabrá cómo manejar a Dance With Fate no sólo para la pista sino también para la distancia.

Wicked Strong e Intense Holiday, ambos son grandes contendientes en la carrera, y quiero hallar la manera de incluirlos en mi estrategia. Wicked Strong no sacó la mejor posición de partida, 19 (mandil en la silla y número de programa 20) pero es conocido por ser atropellador. Intense Holiday ha estado mejorando firmemente y puede estar listo para correr esta distancia.

Estrategia: $4 exacta: 5,12,20 con 5,16 = $20 de apuesta (California Chrome, Dance With Fate, Wicked Strong con California Chrome, Intense Holiday)

DANCE WITH FATE

Dancewithfate

Dan Tordjman

Yo siempre digo que la clave para cobrar en las carreras es apostar con tu mente y no con tu corazón. Pero si has seguido mis Twitter o si tuviste alguna conversación conmigo desde Febrero, he estado hablando de un caballo que robó mi corazón. Su nombre es Vinceremos, y si no has oído el trasfondo de su historia, Googléalo - de inmediato.

De cualquier forma, no es que Vince esté corriendo a gran altura. No se adaptó a la superficie sintética de Polytrack en su última carrera preparatoria en Keeneland Race Course y ha sido listado pagando 30-a-1 en la línea matinal. Tú no pondrías $20 a ganar en este caballo aún si yo te diese mi dinero para apostar en él. Así que, dicho eso, haré el intento de ofrecerte una estrategia de apuesta con mi mente, en vez de mi corazón, y así ayudarte a cobrar un bonito boleto en el Kentucky Derby 140.

Estrategia: $1 exacta box: 5,6,9,16 = $12 de apuesta (California Chrome, Samraat, Vinceremos, Intense Holiday)

50-centavos trifecta: 5,9 con 5,9,10 con 5,6,9,10,16,19 = $8 de apuesta (California Chrome, Vinceremos con California Chrome, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red con California Chrome, Samraat, Vinceremos, Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, Ride On Curlin)

Jose Contreras

No he visto un caballo sobresaliendo tanto, como lo ha hecho California Chrome a lo largo del año. Será el favorito, así que la mejor forma de hacer algún dinero con él, será con las exóticas. El mayor obstáculo de California Chrome será la posición de partida y el recorrido que hará. Hablando en términos de talento, pienso que es mucho mejor que el resto de ellos. No necesita la punta. Ha ganado estando adelante, siguiendo a los ligeros y desde la mitad del lote.

Estrategia: $50-centavos trifecta: 5 con 4,8,10,13,18,20 con 4,6,8,10,12,13,18,20 = $21 de apuesta (California Chrome con Danza, General a Rod, Wildcat Red, Chitu, Candy Boy, Wicked Strong con Danza, Samraat, General a Rod, Wildcat Red, Dance With Fate, Chitu, Candy Boy, Wicked Strong)

Mike Johnson

Por más deslumbrante que haya sido la temporada preparatoria de California Chrome para el Kentucky Derby, no estoy completamente convencido de su status dominante para esta carrera. ¿Contendiente? Claro. ¿Stud de confianza? Me gustaría esperar y ver. Cuanto más leo y observo a Danza, comienza a crecer un hombre simpatizando seriamente con él. No puedes sentir otra cosa que saber que llega en su mejor forma, en el momento correcto y que su entrenador Todd Pletcher sabrá tenerlo listo para dar lo mejor que tiene este sábado. Medal Count, de manera similar, tiene un estilo demoledor que parece haber obtenido en esta parte del año donde se necesita más que talento para competir en esta carrera . Se necesitan agallas — serias agallas. Medal Count las tiene.   

Estrategia: Danza (#4): $2 Ganador, $2 Place, $4 Show = $8 de apuesta

$2 exacta box: 4,5,14 = $12 de apuesta (Danza, California Chrome, Medal Count)

DANZA

Danza

Victoria Garofalo

En caso alguien esté preguntando, ¡la fiebre del Derby es extremadamente contagiosa! En mi familia, siempre decimos que la primavera no comienza oficialmente hasta que se abren las celdas del partidor del Kentucky Derby. A pesar de que he estado viendo el Kentucky Derby en TV por tanto tiempo como el que puedo recordar, después de haberlo visto en vivo por primera vez el último año, el Derby de este año tiene un significado aun mayor para mí  — Puedo sentir la excitación y la energía mucho más aún y no puedo esperar a ver quién cruza la línea en primer lugar y se viste con las rosas.

Llegando al pico de su estado, aparentemente, Intense Holiday tiene el perfecto, atropellador estilo para el Derby y es mi opción principal. Su jinete Johnny Velazquez debe situarlo detrás de un potencialmente muy veloz tren de carrera inicial. En mis ojos, el muy capaz Ride On Curlin no lo ha hecho nada mal esta primavera. A pesar de haber leído una rigurosa estadística que dice que ninguna de las más de 3,400 crías de madres hijas de Storm Cat han ganado alguna vez una carrera importante más allá de 1 1/8 de milla, he sido un gran simpatizante de él hace un buen tiempo y pienso que su experiencia local en Churchill y su (y el de su padre) corazón lo convierte en un serio aspirante. De no haber perdido Samraat el Wood Memorial Stakes frente a Wicked Strong, habría estado invicto camino al Derby y muy probablemente hubiese sido el poderoso segundo favorito; a 15-a-1 es un gran valor. Doloroso retiro de último minuto el de Hoppertunity para Bob Baffert, pero ahora incluiré a Chitu dentro de mis exóticas — ha corrido poco y si puede regular su ligereza natural para evitar un temprano duelo por la punta, lo veo estando ahí al final de la larga recta de Churchill en el Derby. California Chrome es el favorito de todos — es el caballo del momento, su forma es la mejor — pero todo tendrá que ir en su favor y seguramente estará muy apostado. Con todo, no puedo dejarlo fuera de mis exóticas.

Estrategia (aka: Vic’s Picks): $1 exacta box: 5,6,13,16,19 = $20 de apuesta (California Chrome, Samraat, Chitu, Intense Holiday, Ride on Curlin)

Vince Mathews

Los tres caballos que utilizaré para tratar de condimentar las exóticas son Tapiture, Medal Count, y Danza. Tapiture tenía cerrado su lugar en la partida del Kentucky Derby antes de su carrera preparatoria final, el Arkansas Derby. Aun cuando largó de la celda dos, Tapiture estuvo muy abierto virtualmente en cada tramo del camino en el Arkansas Derby. Se reunirá con el jinete que ha hecho el mejor trabajo con este potrillo, Ricardo Santana Jr.  

En cuanto a Medal Count, pudiese ser un especialista del pasto sintético, pero el entrenador Dale Romans has brindado dos especialista del pasto sintético al Kentucky Derby en años recientes y golpeó la pizarra con ambos (Dullahan y Paddy O’ Prado). Romans (un entrenador ganador del  Trofeo Eclipse) no ha estado cauteloso acerca de su afinidad por Medal Count — trabajó duro para asegurar que el potro tuviese la cantidad necesaria de puntaje que alcanzara para un sitio en este grupo — y ha dicho que tiene más confianza en Medal Count que la que tenía ya sea con  Dullahan o con Paddy O’ Prado. Medal Count ha recibido también entusiastas críticas acerca de su aparición en las últimas mañanas en Churchill Downs. Danza lució como una bestia ganando el Arkansas Derby, ha entrenado bien desde su arribo a Churchill y, quizá, tiene mayor margen a seguir mejorando para el Derby, siendo ésta solamente la quinta carrera de su campaña.

Estrategia: $3 exacta box: 4,14,15 = $18 de apuesta (Danza, Medal Count, Tapiture)

$1 exacta box: 14,15 = $2 de apuesta (Medal Count, Tapiture) 

Click aquí para acceder al calculador de apuestas de America’s Best Racing y calcular tus apuestas para el Derby.

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ABR Brand Ambassadors

As part of an ongoing commitment to new fan development, America’s Best Racing (ABR) in 2013 launched a national bus tour designed to increase interest in the lifestyle and competition of America’s high profile Thoroughbred races and big event days across the country.

Dubbed the “ABRV”, the 45-foot-long tour bus traveled around the country, beginning in March 2013, with six young, enthusiastic brand ambassadors. The ambassadors met with national and local media outlets and appear on college campuses, and in high-traffic areas and strategic locations within each destination city. The energetic group focused on attracting a younger audience to the sport of horse racing, specifically the big race day events in each city.

The project was renewed for 2014 and 2015 with the six ambassadors embedded in key markets in Miami (Vince Mathews), Chicago (Mike Johnson), New York (Victoria Garofalo, Dan Tordjman) and Los Angeles (Jose Contreras, Ciara Austin). The project serves as a key component to America's Best Racing's commitment to grow the sport of horse racing and build the next generation of racing fans.

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ABR Brand Ambassadors

As part of an ongoing commitment to new fan development, America’s Best Racing (ABR) in 2013 launched a national bus tour designed to increase interest in the lifestyle and competition of America’s high profile Thoroughbred races and big event days across the country.

Dubbed the “ABRV”, the 45-foot-long tour bus traveled around the country, beginning in March 2013, with six young, enthusiastic brand ambassadors. The ambassadors met with national and local media outlets and appear on college campuses, and in high-traffic areas and strategic locations within each destination city. The energetic group focused on attracting a younger audience to the sport of horse racing, specifically the big race day events in each city.

The project was renewed for 2014 and 2015 with the six ambassadors embedded in key markets in Miami (Vince Mathews), Chicago (Mike Johnson), New York (Victoria Garofalo, Dan Tordjman) and Los Angeles (Jose Contreras, Ciara Austin). The project serves as a key component to America's Best Racing's commitment to grow the sport of horse racing and build the next generation of racing fans.

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