My official pick for Derby 140 will be Intense Holiday. I expect Johnny V. to revert to coming from further off the pace with the high number of front-runners expected today. This horse reminds me of Revolutionary last year who didn't get the best trip in Kentucky but finished 3rd under Borel. If California Chrome breaks alert and able to stalk a couple of others in the first part of the race they'll all be running for 20% 2nd place money, but the best horses certainly do not always claim the roses.
Danza could be tough if he's able to back up his huge effort in the Ark. Derby in a 3 week turnaround. Samraat and Candy Boy seem to be flying under the radar and could run well at a nice price. If the wicked pace doesn't materialize, look out for Rosie on Vicar's In Trouble, who is all heart! She's on a roll this weekend under the TwinSpires. Also, Baffert's lone entry, Chitu, looks to be coming up to this race with a solid numbers progression and if he's able to lay off the leaders early could get the jump on them turning for home. I wish them all a safe trip most importantly!
Best of luck with your bets,