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Expert Picks

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.

Derby

  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

Oaks

  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.

Derby

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

Oaks

  1. Untapable
  2. Unbridled Forever
  3. Ria Antonia
  4. Rosalind
  5. Kiss Moon
  6. She's A Tiger
  7. My Miss Sophia
  8. Got Lucky
  9. Sugar Shock
  10. Fiftyshadesofgold

Ed DeRosa

Ed DeRosa is director of marketing for Brisnet.com, the official data source of the Kentucky Derby and TwinSpires.com. Ed joined Brisnet.com 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.

Derby

  1. General a Rod
  2. Ride On Curlin
  3. Danza
  4. Dance With Fate
  5. Tapiture
  6. California Chrome
  7. Samraat
  8. Intense Holiday
  9. Vicar's In Trouble
  10. Hoppertunity

Oaks

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

James Scully

James Scully is editor of the Handicapper’s Edge and Bloodstock Journal daily newsletters at brisnet.com 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derby

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

Oaks

  1. Untapable
  2. Unbridled Forever
  3. Aurelia's Belle
  4. Rosalind
  5. Ria Antonia
  6. Got Lucky
  7. My Miss Sophia
  8. Thank You Marylou
  9. Fashion Plate
  10. Sugar Shock

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California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

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

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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