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Who do you like? Betting Kentucky Derby 141

Our crack handicappers took aim at the Oaks in this post yesterday, and today they set their sights on the Derby. Do they think the much-hyped American Pharoah can pull it off? Will he have to fend off stablemate Dortmund? Can one of the three New York-breds become the first horse from the Empire State…

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Brian’s Derby Analysis: Kentucky Derby 141

Churchill Downs: The Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby at 1 ¼ miles #1 Ocho Ocho Ocho (50-1): Decided longshot was up against it even before they drew post positions and then was essentially eliminated when he drew the dreaded rail, which would have compromised even the best’s chances. Son of Derby winner Street Sense…

American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza in the Rebel. Coady Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park: The Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-50-20-10) #1 The Truth Or Else (15-1): McPeek charge took a step back last time when fourth behind today’s imposing favorite American Pharoah in the local GII Rebel after a fine second in his seasonal debut in the…

Carpe Diem and John Velazquez in the Tampa Bay Derby. SV Photography

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Blue Grass

Keeneland: The Grade I, $1 million Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-50-20-10) #1 Ocho Ocho Ocho (6-1): California invader went undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old but didn’t run a lick when eight of 10 behind Dortmund and Prospect Park in Santa Anita’s GII San Felipe last month and…