Charlie Cooper’s Kentucky Derby picks


Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 139th Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 4, at Churchill Downs.

Race 1: 1-3-2-6

Race 2: 1-8-4-2

Race 3: 5-3-1-6

Race 4: 3-6-12-4

Race 5: 8-10-3-6

Race 12: 8-6-2-3

Race 13: 6-11-2-5

Best Bet: Race 9 Delaunay

Best Longshot: Race 11 Normandy Invasion

No. Horse; Jockey; Comments; Odds

Race 6: 5 Furlongs Turf; TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT; Purse $125,000; 4 YO and Up

8 Icon Ike; Napravnik; Sharp at this distance; 3-1

3 Regally Ready; Nakatani; Breeders’ Cup Turf winner this distance; 4-1

4 Ghost Is Clear; Rosario; Could run them all down late; 9-2

6 Chamberlain Bridge; Mena; Loves track and distance; 4-1

2 Havelock; Gomez; 7-2

1 Southern Dude; Leparoux; 10-1

7 Berlino Di Tiger; Goncalves; 15-1

5 Cactus Son; Albarado; 30-1

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

4 Emma’s Encore; Rocco; Will love pace scenario; 8-1

8 Byrama; Rosario; Just missed winning Grade I; 5-1

6 Aubby K; Prado; Has trained sharply since easy stakes win; 7-2

9 Holiday Soiree; Castellano; Live longshot needed last; 12-1

2 Rumor; Smith; 5-2

7 Burban; Lezcano; 10-1

1 Jamaican Smoke; Leparoux; 5-1

3 Same Cross; Napravnik; 8-1

5 There Is No Limit; Krigger; 15-1

Race 8: 1 Mi; CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MI; Purse $250,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO and Up

8 Marketing Mix; Gomez; Runs big fresh; 5-2

3 Daisy Devine; Graham; Wins at 70% clip on turf; 3-1

5 Hungry Island; Castellano; Has never missed a check on the turf; 4-1

6 Stephanie’s Kitten; Leparoux; Back to best distance, undefeated at CD; 4-1

7 Karlovy Vary; Lanerie; 12-1

10 Stopshoppingmaria; Velazquez; 10-1

2 Channel Lady; Bejarano; 12-1

1 Drama Drama; Torres; 30-1

4 Frontside; Goncalves; 30-1

9 Class Included; Albarado; 30-1

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

9 Delaunay; Napravnik; Undefeated at Churchill, in top form; 2-1

5 Unbridled’s Note; Nakatani; Should be rolling late; 5-1

6 Pass the Dice; Leparoux; Loves Churchill, sharp training since last; 12-1

4 Handsome Mike; Gutierrez; Loved the cutback in last; 12-1

8 Trinniberg; Martinez; 8-5

2 Hierro; Velazquez; 20-1

3 Laurie’s Rocket; Lebron; 10-1

7 Politicallycorrect; Rosario; 15-1

1 Night Party; Sellers; 50-1

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

8 Wise Dan; Lezcano; Goes for 6th win in a row; 6-5

9 Point of Entry; Velazquez; Goes for 7th win in last 8 starts; 7-5

6 Jeranimo; Bejarano; Could beat the favorites late; 8-1

3 Optimizer; Rosario; Back to best surface; 20-1

2 Slim Shadey; Stevens; 12-1

4 Silver Max; Albarado; 8-1

5 Swift Warrior; Castellano; 20-1

1 Midie; Torres; 30-1

7 Bim Bam; Santana; 50-1

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

5 Normandy Invasion; Castellano; Impressive finish in Wood, likes CD; 12-1

16 Orb; Rosario; Sharp 3 YO campaign; 7-2

17 Will Take Charge; Court; Has trained sharply since Rebel win; 20-1

2 Oxbow; Stevens; Much better than last, broke maiden here; 30-1

14 Verrazano; Velazquez; Has done nothing wrong this season; 4-1

3 Revolutionary; Borel; Has never finished off the board; 10-1

9 Overanalyze; Bejarano; Much the best in Arkansas Derby; 15-1

20 Vyjack; Gomez; Undefeated until Wood Memorial; 15-1

15 Charming Kitten; Prado; May be sleeper of the barn; 20-1

6 Mylute; Napravnik; Just missed winning the Louisiana Derby; 15-1

8 Goldencents; Krigger; Probable pace setter; 5-1

10 Palace Malice; Smith; Adds blinkers for one of the best jocks; 20-1

11 Lines of Battle; Moore; Highest breeding number for distance; 30-1

19 Java’s War; Leparoux; Game 2nd in last dirt start; 15-1

12 Itsmyluckyday; Trujillo; Was favorite over today’s race favorite; 15-1

4 Golden Soul; Albarado; Has closed well every start; 50-1

18 Frac Daddy; Lebron; Much improvement in Arkansas Derby; 50-1

7 Giant Finish; Espinoza; Has never missed a check; 50-1

13 Falling Sky; Saez; Speedster will keep them all honest; 50-1