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What Are California Chrome’s Triple Crown Odds?

Most of us don’t remember seeing the last time there was a Triple Crown winner. The legendary Affirmed was the last to pull off the feat way back in 1978. This year the hope of another Triple Crown winner maybe the highest it has ever been in over 35 years.

All thanks to California Chrome.

Although trainer Art Sherman hasn’t seen California Chrome since winning the Preakness Stakes, he is confident that that the 3-year-old won’t fall to the distance at Belmont Stakes on June 7 and become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

“I’m more confident coming into this race than any other race,” the 77-year-old trainer said on a national teleconference Thursday. “I really think he’s the real McCoy. They’re going to see a champion. I hope he wins the Triple Crown.”

2014 Belmont Stakes
The 2014 Belmont Stakes is readying to crown California Chrome as the Triple Crown winner. Can he do it?
Starts: 06/07/2014 3:00PM
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike
ElmontNew York

 

If you’re new to the sport and don’t know much about its rich history, then you may not know just how hard it is to actually win the Triple Crown – or how many other championship-caliber pedigrees have failed in their respective bids to claim horse racing immortality by winning the coveted Triple Crown.

Well, thanks to this informative article on the odds surrounding heavy Belmont Stakes favorite California Chrome, horse racing betting enthusiasts everywhere will find out firsthand just how tough it will be for the masterful mount to bring home the bacon at the third and final leg of the annual Triple Crown.

When California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes earlier this month, he became the 34th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Out of the previous 33 horses to pull this feat off, only 11 have actually managed to win the Triple Crown. Heading into this year’s big race, horse betting aficionados should know that each of the last dozen horses with a shot to win the Triple Crown have all fallen short.

So, historically speaking, California Chrome has a 33.0 percent chance of winning the 2014 Belmont Stakes, which doesn’t sound particularly overwhelming if you ask me. Nevertheless, I don’t think there’s more than two or three mounts at most that have a legitimate shot to beat him.

Odds On Ecuador In The 2014 World Cup & Other Group E Predictions

Odds On Ecuador In The 2014 World Cup & Other Group E Predictions

Ecuador is is this 2014’s "just happy to be here" team as they have the worst odds from the South American continent to win the World Cup and have the third worst odds to win their group.

What are Ecuador Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?

  • To Win The Tournament +12500
  • To Reach the Final: +5000
  • To Win Group E: +450
  • To Qualify: +125
  • Not To Qualify: -125
  • To Finish Last In Group E: +500
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +15000
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +300

How did Ecuador qualify?

Ecuador finished fourth in a nine team round robin at the CONMEBOL qualification where they tied with Uruguay at 25 points. The Ecuadorians beat Uruguay on goal differential for the last direct World Cup ticket.

Who are Ecuador opponents in the 2014 World Cup?

Ecuador is in Group E where they are listed +450 to finish in first place, joined by favorite France (-125), Switzerland (+300) and Honduras (+3330).

What is Ecuador schedule For The 2014 World Cup?

Perhaps Ecuador most important match is the first one as they take on Switzerland on June 15 at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, in Brasília. The Ecuadorians are +245 to win the game according to the money line, and the Swiss are favorites +130.

On June 20 Ecuador (-125) meets Honduras (+440) for game two, at the Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba.

The Ecuadorians last group stage is on June 25 against France at the Estádio do Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro. Ecuador is listed +300 in the money line and France +105.

What’s Ecuador Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?

“One Commitment, One Passion, Only One Heart, This Is For You Ecuador!”

What’s Ecuador List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?

GOALKEEPERS : Maximo Banguera (Barcelona, Ecuador), Adrian Bone (El Nacional), Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito)

DEFENDERS : Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona, Ecuador), Cristian Ramirez (Fortuna Duesseldorf).

MIDFIELDERS : Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Pedro Quinonez (Emelec), Luis Saritama (Barcelona, Ecuador), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

FORWARDS : Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Armando Wila (Universidad Catolica).

Who’s Ecuador Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?

Despite not playing in a top tier football leauge, Felipe Caicedo has rejuvinated his career after a move to to Lokomotiv from Manchester City and will be the key to the attack and especially on the aerial attack.

What are Ecuador Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?

  • Ecuador has only two World Cup participation, back in 2002 and 2006. Their best result was in 2006 when they qualified to the second round but were eliminated at the round of 16.
  • Ecuador has played seven games in the World Cup with three wins and four losses, seven goals scored and eight allowed.
  • Ecuador have never played Switzerland
  • Ecuador leads the series against Honduras with three wins, two losses and eight draws; they met for the last time on November 2013 without knowing a month later the draw will put them against each other.
  • Ecuador and France met once in 2008 in a friendly match the French won 2-0.

How far will Ecuador go?

Ecuador could surprise Switzerland and advance to the second round along with France, but then they will likely face Argentina, and that’s where their World Cup dreams end.

Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:

  • Brazil 3/1
  • Argentina 9/2
  • Germany 11/2
  • Spain 13/2
  • Belgium 14/1
  • France 20/1
  • Italy 22/1
  • Uruguay 22/1
  • Colombia 25/1
  • Netherlands 25/1
  • England 28/1
  • Portugal 28/1
  • Chile 40/1
  • Russia 66/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • USA 100/1
  • Ecuador 125/1
  • Ivory Coast 125/1
  • Croatia 150/1
  • Japan 150/1
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
  • Ghana 200/1
  • Greece 200/1
  • Nigeria 250/1
  • South Korea 300/1
  • Australia 500/1
  • Cameroon 500/1
  • Algeria 1000/1
  • Costa Rica 1000/1
  • Honduras 1500/1
  • Iran 1500/1
Croatia World Cup 2014 betting: odds to win, Group A predictions

Croatia World Cup 2014 Odds & Predictions

Even though Croatia is never mentioned in the same breath as the top tier teams like Brazil, Spain, Argentina & Germany, this team has the reputation of showing up with a bigger stick against the best teams.

But can they do so this summer?

They are not in the toughest group, nor the easiest and must face host team Brazil without their main striker in the suspended Mario Mandzukic.

Croatia is looking to repeat their France 1998 performance when they finished in third place. They are listed as the second-best betting odds to win their group and they have a solid midfield led by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

What are USA Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?

  • To Win The Tournament +15000
  • To Reach the Final: +5000
  • To Win Group A: +1000
  • To Qualify: +125
  • Not To Qualify: -137
  • To Finish Last In Group A: +1110
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +25000
  • To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +800

How Did Croatia qualify?

Croatia punched their World Cup ticket in the UEFA qualifiers playoffs after placing second with 17 points, nine behind Belgium. Their group also included Serbia, Scotland, Wales and Macedonia.

In the playoffs, they were fortunate to draw Iceland, who they beat 2-0 to advance to their fourth World Cup.

Who are Croatia opponents in the 2014 World Cup?

Croatia is in group A along with Brazil (-400), Mexico (+1000), and Cameroon (+3300); as the Mexicans, the Croatians are +1000 to end the in first place of the zone.

What is Croatia schedule For The 2014 World Cup?

As mentioned, Croatia opens the World Cup in the first game of the tournament against Brazil on June 12 at Arena de São Paulo. The host, of course is the favorite to win listed at -300 in the money line while the Europeans are +1100 for the upset.

On June 18, Croatia (+105) takes on Cameroon (+333), at the Arena Amazônia, in Manaus.

The Croatians last and perhaps most important game is against México (+210), their direct rival for the second place. The game is on June 23 at the Arena Pernambuco, in Recife.

What is Croatia Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?

“With Fire In Our Hearts, For Croatia All As One!”

What’s Croatia List of Players for the 2014 World Cup?

GOALKEEPERS:  Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subašic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva Zagreb).

DEFENDERS:  Darijo Srna (Shakhtar), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Šime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese).

MIDFIELDERS:  Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (QPR), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perišic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Internazionale), Milan Badelj (HSV), Ivo Ilicevic (HSV), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pašalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe).

FORWARDS:  Mario Mandžukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo Alves da Silva (Shakhtar), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb).

Who’s Croatia Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?

Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric is the little genius behind Croatia’s offense. Modric is not spectacular, but he does the little stuff that makes the difference.

What are Croatia Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?

  • Croatia has been to three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006), with their best result coming on their debut at France 1998 when they were eliminated by the host and eventual champion in the semifinals, but fought back to win the third place in the tournament.
  • Croatia has six wins, four draws and four losses in 14 World Cup games, with 18 goals scored and 16 against.
  • Croatia and Brazil has met twice, with a 1-1 draw in a friendly game, and a 1-0 victory by Brazil in the 2006 World Cup.
  • Croatia has never played Cameroon.
  • Croatia has won two games against Mexico, but their only loss against the Aztecs was a 1-0 defeat in the 2002 World Cup.

How far will Croatia go?

The Croatians have enough talent to advance to the second round; their game against Mexico will be crucial. Afterwards they will likely be the underdog when facing Spain or the Netherlands.

Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:

  • Brazil 3/1
  • Argentina 9/2
  • Germany 11/2
  • Spain 13/2
  • Belgium 14/1
  • France 20/1
  • Italy 22/1
  • Uruguay 22/1
  • Colombia 25/1
  • Netherlands 25/1
  • England 28/1
  • Portugal 28/1
  • Chile 40/1
  • Russia 66/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • USA 100/1
  • Ecuador 125/1
  • Ivory Coast 125/1
  • Croatia 150/1
  • Japan 150/1
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
  • Ghana 200/1
  • Greece 200/1
  • Nigeria 250/1
  • South Korea 300/1
  • Australia 500/1
  • Cameroon 500/1
  • Algeria 1000/1
  • Costa Rica 1000/1
  • Honduras 1500/1
  • Iran 1500/1