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Ed Meyer makes Kentucky Derby picks

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Ed Meyer, track announcer and morning line odds maker for Belterra Park, makes his predictions for the Kentucky Derby. 

In the world of sports is there a more moving moment than when the University of Louisville strikes up "My Old Kentucky Home"? With not a dry eye in the stands, all of the problems of the world seem to take a break to celebrate the thoroughbred. Take a break this Saturday as the "greatest two minutes in sports" takes place for the 140th time.

Race #11 The (G-1) Kentucky Derby 1 - 6:24 pm ET

#16 Intense Holiday (12-1) = John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher, and these guys know each other well winning (27%) the past year. This son of Harlans Holiday is making his 9th career attempt, and he owns a late kick that can put out the lights. In 2014, he came back a matured runner who won the (G-2) Risen Star. He was a beaten favorite in the (G-2) Louisiana Derby, but his trip was anything but smooth sailing. With all of the early speed, he should make his presence felt at the top of the lane.

#5 California Chrome (5-2) = Victor Espinoza is aboard the California-bred for Art Sherman. Espinoza won his Kentucky Derby aboard War Emblem in 2002, and he broke from the #5 post that day. There have been three California-breds to wear the roses, and the last being Decidedly in 1962. Art Sherman has never saddled a Derby runner, but in 1955 he rode in a train car with another California-bred runner by the name of Swaps. That has been 59-years-ago, and Sherman makes his first appearance. If he wins, hell be the 4th Cal-bred to win, and at 77-years-old, Sherman will become the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby. Chrome has been the all the rage as he has exploded in 2014 to be undefeated. Sherman brings his runner across the country, and he likes his chances to put in a big effort.

#8 General a Rod (15-1) = Joel Rosario gets the nod for the Mike Maker barn. This son of Roman Ruler sports a good turn of foot, and makes his third start off a layoff. The barn is very solid winning (26%), and they have teamed up to win (30%). Hell be a major early pace player, and he if rates his speed hell be double dangerous.



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