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Kentucky Derby: California Chrome looks to shine

But after big Arkansas win, Danza will try to prove it’s the boss.



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Danza drew off in the stretch with the kind of authority that indicates he will not be bothered by the 11/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby.

"It’s really fun to have a special horse like that and have him run like that," Bravo said. "I’m not a fortune teller, but hopefully, we can do it again. … This is what dreams are made of."

At a glance

Kentucky Derby

Saturday, 4:32 p.m. MDT

At Louisville, Ky.

TV » Ch. 5

Predicting the Derby

Handicapping the 2014 Kentucky Derby:

Post/Horse Jockey Trainer Line

4. Danza Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher 8-1

Perfect trip behind blistering pace?

5. California Chrome V. Espinoza Art Sherman 5-2

Overpowering in last four races

16. Commanding Curve S. Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart 50-1

Chance to pull a major surprise

19. Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh James Jerkens 6-1

Post position a difficult obstacle

18. Ride on Curlin Calvin Borel William Gowan 15-1

Consistent, but no stakes wins

11. Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani Peter Eurton 20-1

Could come flying in the stretch

10. Wildcat Red Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo 15-1

Best of all the speed horses?

1. Vicar’s in Trouble Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker 30-1

Last rail winner was in 1986

13. Medal Count Robby Albarado Dale Romans 20-1

Another interesting stretch-runner

15. Intense Holiday John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 8-1

Flopped as La. Derby favorite

6. Samraat Jose Ortiz R. Violette 15-1

Upset possibility off very best

8. General a Rod Joel Rosario Mike Maker 15-1

Nothing wrong with Fla. Derby try

17. Candy Boy Gary Stevens John Sadler 15-1

No match for “Chrome” last time

15. Tapiture R. Santana Jr. S. Asmussen 12-1

Flattened out in Arkansas Derby

12. Chitu Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 20-1

Will factor into the torrid pace

3. Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. Gary Contessa 30-1

Must make rapid improvement

7. We Miss Artie J. Castellano Todd Pletcher 50-1

Bred to be best on the grass

9. Vinceremos Joe Rocco Jr. Todd Pletcher 30-1

Hasn’t beaten this kind of rivals

2. Harry’s Holiday Corey Lanerie Mike Maker 50-1

Seems hopelessly overmatched

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Yes, THAT Danza

Kentucky Derby contender Danza is named after actor Tony Danza, who is best known for his work on the TV series “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss.”

On Dec. 28, 1993, Danza was involved in a horrific skiing accident at Deer Valley. He hit a tree at 50 mph and suffered life-threatening injuries, including five fractured ribs and a broken back. Danza’s first role after the accident — over a year later — was in the made-for-TV movie “Deadly Whispers.”

“The accident is legendary in Utah,” executive producer Leonard Hill said during a interview promoting the movie. “It was a major wipeout. I happened to be skiing up there a couple of weeks later and it got so well-known that they introduced a verb into the lexicon of Deer Valley: ‘to Danza.’ People will come down the mountain saying, ‘Boy, I Danza-ed going down the Rattler.’ ”



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