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John Asher

After covering his first Kentucky Derby as a radio journalist in 1982, John Asher has not missed the “Run for the Roses” since that debut.  He joined Churchill Downs in 1997 as a publicist and racing analyst, and moved to his current role as vice president of Racing Communications two years later.  Before his arrival at Churchill Downs, Asher earned five media Eclipse Awards for Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing at Louisville radio stations WHAS and WAVG.  When he served as Churchill Downs’ on-air TV host and analyst, the track was honored with the inaugural “National Simulcast Award” in 1997.


  1. California Chrome
  2. Wicked Strong
  3. Hoppertunity
  4. Intense Holiday
  5. Candy Boy
  6. Ride On Curlin
  7. Tapiture
  8. Medal Count
  9. Danza
  10. Samraat


  1. Untapable
  2. Unbridled Forever
  3. Fashion Plate
  4. Rosalind
  5. Ria Antonia
  6. Got Lucky
  7. My Miss Sophia
  8. Kiss Moon
  9. Room Service
  10. Sugar Shock

Jill Byrne

Jill is the Director of Programming and official handicapper at Churchill Downs. She is a regular contributor to HRTV's racing programs, Pursuit of the Crown and Pursuit of the Cup and along with her on-air skills and top-notch racing analysis, Byrne is an accomplished horsewoman who worked in the development of 1997 Horse of the Year and juvenile champion Favorite Trick and Countess Diana, that year’s champion 2-year-old filly. She was also involved in the campaign of Awesome Again who defeated 1997 Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Silver Charm to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Churchill Downs in 1998.


  1. American Pharoah
  2. The Great War
  3. Texas Red
  4. Imperia
  5. Carpe Diem
  6. El Kabeir
  7. International Star
  8. Upstart
  9. Dortmund
  10. Firing Line


  1. Take Charge Brandi
  2. No Fault of Mine
  3. Forever Unbridled
  4. Angela Renee
  5. Shook Up
  6. By The Moon
  7. Lassofthemohicans
  8. West Coast Belle
  9. Lovely Maria
  10. I'm A Chatterbox

Ed DeRosa

Ed DeRosa is director of marketing for, the official data source of the Kentucky Derby and Ed joined in July 2011 following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times. He grew up in Cleveland and learned to love horse racing while going to Thistledown with his grandfather. Ed is a diehard Indians fan, leaving him to wonder which--if either--will come first: A Triple Crown winner or an Indians world championship. Ed's favorite horses are Real Quiet, Ghostzapper, and Rachel Alexandra.


  1. Texas Red
  2. American Pharoah
  3. Calculator
  4. El Kabier
  5. Upstart
  6. Dortmund
  7. Rock Shandy
  8. Ocho Ocho Ocho
  9. Mr. Z
  10. Take Charge Brandi


  1. Take Charge Brandi
  2. Condo Commando
  3. Birdatthewire
  4. Top Decile
  5. Angela Renee
  6. Promise Me Silver
  7. Perchance
  8. Lady Eli
  9. Fashion Alert
  10. Sweet Corine

James Scully

James Scully is editor of the Handicapper’s Edge and Bloodstock Journal daily newsletters at and was a panelist on the “Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Summit” at Churchill Downs in 2010. A lifelong University of Kentucky fan, James attended his first Kentucky Derby in 1981 (Pleasant Colony).












  1. Dortmund
  2. Carpe Diem
  3. Upstart
  4. Texas Red
  5. American Pharaoh
  6. Frosted
  7. Calculator
  8. El Kabeir
  9. Imperia
  10. Firing Line


  1. Take Charge Brandi
  2. Condo Commando
  3. Lady Eli
  4. Forever Unbridled
  5. Peace and War
  6. Birdatthewire
  7. West Coast Belle
  8. Top Decile
  9. I'm a Chatterbox
  10. Lassofthemohicans

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Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

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Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.