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2014 Kentucky Derby Entries: California Chrome Preview

Kentucky Derby California ChromeOur preview of the potential 2014 Kentucky Derby entries will start with the likely race favorite California Chrome.

California Chrome is an Art Sherman-trained 2014 Kentucky Derby hopeful has been listed atop the likely horse racing odds for well over a month leading up to the May 3rd post time and it's tough to argue with the lofty expectations many insiders are placing on this 3-year-old.  He's won in 4 straight races heading into the 2014 Kentucky Derby and has been much the best most recently in the Santa Anita Derby and the San Felipe Stakes while facing strong fields of other potential entries into the 1st leg of the Triple Crown.

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It wasn't always easy for California Chrome as he took two tries to break maiden at Hollywood Park and then finished no better than 5th in 3 of 4 races after that.  It wasn't until late in 2013 that the light seemed to switch on for California Chrome as he grabbed a win in the King Glorious Stakes before going on to take home the California Cup Derby before his 2 most recent high-profile victories.

California Chrome is undefeated at races longer than a mile and the finishing times he is putting up recently make him a worthy betting favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby.  Sired by Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has Pulpit (1997 4th place Kentucky Derby finisher) and A.P. Indy (1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic winner) firmly in his bloodline.  You have to go back a bit on his dam's side to find recent success but Northern Dancer (1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner) gives him excellent genes for the distance of the Kentucky Derby.

Other 2014 Kentucky Derby entries we have preview:

Wildcat Red
Wicked Strong
Tapiture
Vicar's In Trouble
Samraat

In the Santa Anita Derby win this horse beat out two other top 10 Kentucky Derby likely entries in Hoppertunity and Candy Boy and has proven he can beat this elite level of competition.  One potential issue that California Chrome could run into the 2014 Kentucky Derby is a wet track as he's ran most of his races on synthetic dirt and only recently found success on real dirt with conditions that were near ideal.  Keep an eye on the weather in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby because there are other likely entries in the field that are more proven in the rain.

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