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Danza Horse

Danza Odds to Win: Horse Trained by Todd Pletcher

The 2014 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday with Danza listed as one of the top contenders. The horse is listed behind the favored California Chrome but he is given a realistic chance at odds of about 6-1. Let’s look at this horse trained by Todd Pletcher and Kentucky Derby betting odds at BetPhoenix Racebook.

Danza 6-1

This horse is listed as the third choice in Kentucky Derby betting behind the favored California Chrome and Wicked Strong. The horse is trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. His jockey is Joe Bravo. He has won two of his four career starts.

Danza is by Street Boss out of Champagne Royale. The best runner to come out of Street Boss is Capo Bastone, who won last year’s King's Bishop. Street Boss has produced 6 stakes winners. Champagne Royale was not much as a dam until this year when her other son, Majestic Harbor, won the G3 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

Danza made the Kentucky Derby by winning the Arkansas Derby. He also was third in the Saratoga Special. Danza won his first race at Belmont last July and then finished third in the Saratoga Special. He then was out for almost seven months due to injury and didn’t race again until March. He lost at Gulfstream but then shocked everyone by winning the Arkansas Derby by more than four lengths.

Danza proved in the Arkansas Derby that he can go a nice distance and close. "Everybody thought he was just a mediocre horse," said exercise rider Nick Bush. "He likes the (Churchill Downs) track. It feels like I'm on air out there, it's so smooth. He's really bouncing. He's catching a lot of people's attention."

Danza had no trouble with the big crowd at the Arkansas Derby and he seems to be peaking at the right time. The horse is definitely fresh as he has raced just four times.

And if you were wondering, yes, Danza was named for the actor Tony Danza who starred in the sitcom “Who’s the Boss” but Tony Danza is not one of the horse’s owners.