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California Chrome wins 2014 San Felipe.
Photo: Benoit Photo
While the field for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby is not yet set, Santa Anita’s oddsmaker, Jon White, has determined which 3-year-old he will install as the morning line favorite for the Grade I event.

“I will be making California Chrome the morning line favorite,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for the track’s simulcast network. “Right now, I don’t know what price I will be making him since we don’t yet know exactly who is going to be entered. The size of the field and whether or not Bayern is entered will impact the morning line prices for California Chrome, Candy Boy and everybody else.

“One of the many things I will be taking into consideration when deciding the morning line prices for California Chrome and Candy Boy is there was not a great deal of difference in their final odds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool that closed yesterday before the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby were run.

“California Chrome and Cairo Prince each closed at 9-1, with a little more money bet on California Chrome. A total of $18,433 was bet on California Chrome, while $17,793 was wagered on Cairo Prince. That made California Chrome the actual betting favorite among the 23 individual horses. But, like I said, there wasn’t a big difference between California Chrome and Candy Boy. Candy Boy closed at 13-1. Candy Boy was a lower price than Bayern and Hoppertunity, who both closed at 15-1.

“California Chrome was a 7-5 favorite in the San Felipe. He won by 7 ¼ lengths and recorded a 107 Beyer Speed Figure in what I would say was the most impressive performance by a 3-year-old in California this year. California Chrome now has run three big races in a row. He also has become quite a popular horse.

“So, all things considered, I will be surprised if California Chrome is not the favorite when they leave the starting gate in the Santa Anita Derby.”



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