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America's Best Racing reached out to some of the sport's best-known racing fans to get their picks for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Find out who landed on the same horses that you did for the first jewel of the Triple Crown!

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Joel Stein

Writer and regular contributor to TIME Magazine

1. California Chrome
2. Danza
3. Wicked Strong

Jeannine Edwards

ESPN sportscaster

1. California Chrome
2. Danza
3. Medal Count

Jim Wilson

Academy Award-winning producer (“Dances with Wolves”) and co-producer/writer and director of “50 to 1”

1. California Chrome
2. Candy Boy
3. Ride On Curlin

Steve Schirripa

Actor (“Sopranos”)

1. California Chrome
2. Danza
3. Wildcat Red

Stephanie Abrams

The Weather Channel Meteorologist Co-host @WakeUpWithAl

1.  Vinceremos 
2.  Medal Count
3.  Dance With Fate

Kenny Mayne

ESPN SportsCenter host

1. California Chrome
2. Danza 
3. Chitu

Danny Meyer

Restaurateur (Shake Shack and more)

1. Danza
2. California Chrome
3. Samraat

Bob Bowman

Olympic swimming coach (Michael Phelps)

1. Wicked Strong
2. California Chrome
3. Samraat

Willie Geist

Co-host of NBC’s “Today Show”

1. Danza
2. Wicked Strong
3. California Chrome

Joey Wagner

Owner, @JWagnerGroup; partner, @Eventris, creator of @Jocktails, co-creator of @PinkProm502

1. California Chrome
2. Dance With Fate
3. Medal Count

Frank Deford

Writer and correspondent for NPR and HBO “Real Sports”

1. Wicked Strong
2. Vicar’s in Trouble
3. Wildcat Red

Tim Couch

Former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns quarterback. No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in 1999. Currently works for Fox Sports South as analyst for SEC football

1. Danza
2. Medal Count
3. Wicked Strong

John Perrotta

Screen writer/executive story editor/co-producer “Luck”

1. Candy Boy
2. Medal Count
3. Dance With Fate

Simon Bray

Horse racing analyst for TVG and FOX Sports 1

1. California Chrome 
2. Dance With Fate 
3. Wicked Strong

Chip Woolley

Trainer, 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird

1. Danza
2. California Chrome
3. Wicked Strong

Graham Motion

Trainer, 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom

1. Danza
2. Wicked Strong
3. Intense Holiday

Mark Casse

Award-winning racehorse trainer

1. California Chrome
2. Vicar’s in Trouble
3. Samraat

Eddie Olczyk

Former NHL player and coach and the lead analyst for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the NHL

1. Vicar's in Trouble
2. Wicked Strong 
3. Candy Boy 

Eoin Harty

Fifth-generation racehorse trainer

1. California Chrome
2. Candy Boy
3. Uncle Sigh

Eric Guillot

Racehorse trainer

1. Danza
2. California Chrome 
3. Wicked Strong 

Kiaran McLaughlin

Racehorse trainer who won the Belmont Stakes in 2008 with Jazil and trained 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor

1. Wicked Strong
2. Danza
3. Medal Count 

Phil Mushnick

New York Post sports and television columnist

All in on Candy Boy

William "Buff" Bradley

Trainer of two-time Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll

1. Danza
2. Tapiture
3. Candy Boy

D.B. Sweeney

Film and television actor who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Eight Men Out”.

1. Candy Boy
2. California Chrome
3. Danza

Jack Knowlton

Owner of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide 1. California Chrome
2. Danza
3. Intense Holiday

Linda Rice

Lone female horse trainer to win training title at Saratoga Race Course

1. Tapiture
2. General a Rod
3. Chitu 

Richard Deitsch

Writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated/@SINow

1. California Chrome
2. Wicked Strong
3. Danza

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A DAY AT THE RACES

A day at the races is an opportunity to control your own destiny - take in the racetrack atmosphere, people watch, enjoy a cocktail, place bets, win money and have a blast.

Racing fans know there is no better time to get in the game with the Kentucky Derby less than a week away. 

If you're not already hooked, what are you waiting for? Check out this video to visit Santa Anita Park and see what you've been missing!

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