Always look for value in the Classic. Hoppertunity and Effinex offer it in droves. Each is 15-to-1 on the morning line. They blazed to a 1-2 finish in the Jockey Club Gold Club a month ago, which sets them up nicely to make a run at California Chrome.
If Chrome gets an easy lead, this strategy goes out the window. But Melatonin or the lightly raced Arrogate should press Chrome, allowing Hoppertunity (with 13 out of 22 starts at Santa Anita) and Effinex to come charging late.
While you're at the windows, pick up a two-buck ticket on Chrome. If the wondrous horse wins at or near even-money, tuck it away as a souvenir.