Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 3.

Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 3.


Best Bet: Race 11 California Chrome


Best Longshot: Race 12 Platitude


No. Horse; Jockey; Comments; Odds


Race 1: 1 Mile; Starter Allowance; Purse $40,000; 3 YO and Up


2 Upkeep; Rocco; Back to better level; 5-2


8 Doctor Peter; Borel; On the improve; 3-1


6 Prosecution; Court; Should love the cutback; 5-1


4 Victory Colors; Lanerie; Ran career best this distance; 20-1


3 Nick’s Pick; Goncalves; 7-2


7 Foolhardy; Mena; 10-1


1 Trace Creek; Leparoux; 4-1


5 Professor Trek; Fadlovich; 20-1


Race 2: 1 1/16 Miles; Allowance; Purse $65,000; 3 YO


6 Chas’s Legacy; Rocco; The one to beat; 4-1


3 Sheikinator; Albarado; Blinkers on may be the key, moves late; 8-1


7 Rockford; Rosario; Missed a check once; 3-1


8 Unstoppable Colby; Landeros; May try to wire them; 5-1


5 Demander; Hernandez; 7-2


2 Ship to Shore; Court; 8-1


1 No Surrender; Bravo; 5-1


4 B and B’s Pulpit; Torres; 12-1


Race 3: 6 Furlongs; Maiden Special Weight; Purse $60,000 3 YO and Up


10 Boss Gone; Hernandez; The call in wide open event; 8-1


2 Reeder; Rocco; First time Lasix and dirt; 4-1


1 Masochistic; Espinoza; Better than debut, sharp works since; 4-1


8 A Touch of Poetry; Ortiz; Speedster adds blinkers; 5-1


9 Coastal Moon; Elliott; 3-1


4 Swift Humor; Graham; 12-1


3 Q Two; Lanerie; 6-1


6 Splinter; Castanon; 20-1


7 Ranger Regiment; Pedroza; 20-1


5 Grand Slam Kid; Fadlovich; 20-1


Race 4: 1 1/16 Miles Turf; Allowance; Purse $65,000; Fillies and Mares; 3 YO and Up


10 Kyriaki; Smith; On the improve; 3-1


2 Faerie; Queene; Lanerie Back on turf; 10-1


5 Night Song; Bravo; Impressive in turf start; 6-1


3 Magical Steps; Graham; Should stalk and go late; 7-2


7 Flashy Gal; Rosario; 4-1


8 First Romance; Rocco; 12-1


4 Kimallosa; Leparoux; 5-1


1 Abundantly Clear; Castellano; 12-1


6 Sultry Warrior; Castanon; 20-1


9 Finishing Touch; Pompell; 30-1


Race 5: 7 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse $65,000; 3 YO


1 Watery Moon; Garcia; Sharp in debut, jock stays; 3-1


11 Sultry Cat; Albarado; Adds bullet after sharp debut win; 4-1


9 Jessica’s Star; Graham; Game all three starts, back on dirt; 8-1


2 Twang; Rosario; Inside speedster back on dirt; 5-1


8 Ulanbator; Leparoux; 5-1


7 Thundergram; Elliott; 6-1


10 Bitters ‘n Bourbon; Smith; 10-1


5 How Bout That; Hernandez; 12-1


3 Standpoint; Bridgmohan; 20-1


6 Johnmack Daddy; Castanon; 30-1


4 Saint Finian; Landeros; 30-1


Race 6: 1 Mile; CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE; Purse $300,000; Fillies & Mares; 4 YO and Up


9 Centre Court; Leparoux; Undefeated at Churchill; 7-5


4 Dame Marie; Ortiz; Back to favorite track; 12-1


7 Ready Signal; Bravo; Goes for third win in a row; 12-1


3 Miz Ida; Bridgmohan; 5 of 7 career wins this distance; 6-1


1 Tapicat; Rosario; 4-1


2 Coffee Clique; Castellano; 12-1


8 Effie Trinket; Saez; 6-1


5 Absolute Crackers; Garcia; 10-1


6 I’m Already Sexy; Geroux; 10-1


Race 7: 7 Furlongs; THE HUMANA DISTAFF; Purse $300,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO and Up


3 Judy the Beauty; Velazquez; Never off the board in career; 3-1


8 Midnight Lucky; Napravnik; Runs big fresh; 5-2


5 Scherzinger; Smith; Goes for fifth win in last six starts; 7-2


6 Iotapa; Espinoza; Shows sharp California form; 7-2


7 Speedinthruthecity; Santana; 15-1


2 Heart Stealer; Rosario; 5-1


1 Street Girl; Leparoux; 20-1


4 Saturday Nthe Park; Albarado; 20-1


Race 8: 1 1/16 Miles; AMERICAN TURF STAKES; Purse $250,000; 3 YO


3 Quotient; Espinoza; Adds four good works since just missing; 9-2


11 Woodfield Springs; Leparoux; A strong factor late; 5-1


8 Storming Inti; Castellano; Back on turf; 4-1


10 Picozza; Velazquez; Very game in first stakes try; 5-1


5 Global View; Stevens; 9-2


2 Chief Barker; Graham; 5-1


1 Cleburne; Smith; 30-1


4 Long On Value; Rosario; 20-1


7 Big Bazinga; Hernandez; 12-1


6 Craftsman; Nakatani; 12-1


9 General Jack; Napravnik; 30-1


Race 9: 7 Furlongs; THE CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES; Purse $400,000; 4 YO and Up


4 Sahara Sky; Rosario; Never off the board this distance; 4-1


10 Delaunay; Napravnik; Runs big off the layoff; 9-2


11 Shakin It Up; Smith; Shows bullets for Bob; 7-2


1 Capo Bastone; Velazquez; Will be flying late; 10-1


2 Clearly Now; Castellano; 9-2


9 Central Banker; Nakatani; 8-1


8 Falling Sky; Saez; 10-1


3 Broadway Empire; Stevens; 15-1


5 Quiet Force; Leparoux; 30-1


7 River Bear; Thornton; 20-1


6 Laugh Track; Mena; 10-1


Race 10: 1 1/8 Miles; WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC; Purse $500,000; 4 YO and Up


1 Wise Dan; Velazquez; Has won 20 of 28 career races; 4-5


10 Seek Again; Rosario; Trained by the best; 6-1


4 Admiral Kitten; Leparoux; Off the board once on turf; 10-1


7 Boisterous; Castellano; Always gives good effort; 8-1


5 Kaigun; Garcia; 8-1


8 Finnegans Wake; Smith; 20-1


9 Skyring; Rocco; 12-1


2 Bright Thought; Espinoza; 20-1


3 Guys Reward; Lanerie; 12-1


6 Moro Tap; Napravnik; 30-1


Race 11: 1¼ Mile; KENTUCKY DERBY; Purse $2,000,000; 3 YO


5 California Chrome; Espinoza; Breeding says no, I say YES; 5-2


4 Danza; Bravo; Duplicate of Arkansas derby could win it; 10-1


19 Ride On Curlin; Borel; Something left in tank, Moves late; 15-1


20 Wicked Strong; Maragh; Will have good pace to chase; 8-1


10 Wildcat Red; Saez; 15-1


8 General a Rod; Rosario; 15-1


6 Samraat; Ortiz; 15-1


1 Vicar’s in Trouble; Napravnik; 30-1


13 Chitu; Garcia; 20-1


3 Uncle Sigh; Ortiz; 30-1


15 Tapiture; Santana; 15-1


18 Candy Boy; Stevens; 20-1


12 Dance With Fate; Nakatani; 20-1


14 Medal Count; Albarado; 20-1


16 Intense Holiday; Velazquez; 12-1


17 Commanding Curve; Bridgmohan; 50-1


7 We Miss Artie; Castellano; 50-1


2 Harry’s Holiday; Lanerie; 50-1


9 Vinceremos; Rocco; 30-1


Race 12: 6 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse $70,000; 3 YO and Up


2 Platitude; Lanerie; Back to best distance; 6-1


7 Bull Dozer; Napravnik; Wins at 38% clip; 3-1


4 Vanity Feature; Hernandez; Blinkers off may be the key; 7-2


3 Slan Abhaile; Rosario; Back to better company; 7-2


9 Captain Genius; Goncalves; 12-1


1 Sandbar; Albarado; 12-1


6 Positively; Bridgmohan; 6-1


5 Carving; Rocco; 8-1


8 Shut Up Chris; Osorio; 20-1