Expert Picks

There are no shortage of opinions and angles when handicapping the Kentucky Derby. With up to 20 horses leaving the starting gate on the First Saturday in May, let our experts help you find good plays and picks for your Kentucky Derby betting. Once you find your favorite personality or a good looking pick, head over to TwinSpires.com to back your pick with a $2 win bet!

Joe Kristufek


Churchill Downs' and Fair Grounds' lead racing analyst Joe Kristufek began his career in his native Chicago, climbing the ladder at the local racing venues. A self proclaimed "horse racing ambassador", Joe's industry experience spans from Dubai to Hong Kong to more than 35 tracks across North America. An award winning TV producer and fan development specialist, Joe is the morning-line odds maker at several tracks, including Arlington Park. From the infield to the suites and now the paddock, Joe has attended 13 Kentucky Derbies in person and he relishes of the challenge of scouting the nation's top 3-year-olds. Follow Joe on Twitter: @JoeyDaKRacing


Derby
  1. Mendelssohn
  2. Justify
  3. Vino Rosso
  4. Audible 
  5. Good Magic
  6. Magnum Moon
  7. Hofburg
  8. My Boy Jack
  9. Lone Sailor
  10. Flameaway
Oaks
  1. Monomoy Girl
  2. Midnight Bisou
  3. Rayya
  4. Coach Rocks
  5. Eskimo Kisses
  6. Chocolate Martini
  7. Wonder Gadot
  8. My Miss Lilly
  9. Sassy Sienna
  10. Take Charge Paula
John Asher


John AsherAfter 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. Follow John on Twitter: @JohnAsherCDI


Derby
  1. Mendelssohn
  2. Hofburg
  3. Good Magic
  4. Justify
  5. Bolt d'Oro
  6. Vino Rosso
  7. Audible
  8. Magnum Moon
  9. Enticed
  10. Free Drop Billy
Oaks
  1. Midnight Bisou
  2. Monomoy Girl
  3. My Miss Lilly
  4. Rayya
  5. Wonder Gadot
  6. Coach Rocks
  7. Take Charge Paula
  8. Sassy Sienna
  9. Eskimo Kisses
  10. Patrona Margarita
Ed DeRosa


Ed DeRosaEd DeRosa is director of marketing for Brisnet.com, the official data source of the Kentucky Derby and TwinSpires.com. Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. 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 (now known as Jack Thistledown) with his grandfather. Before 2015, Ed had never seen a Triple Crown winner; he still hasn't seen an Indians World Championship. Ed's favorite horses are Real Quiet, Ghostzapper, and Rachel Alexandra. Follow Ed on Twitter: @EJXD2



Derby
  1. Nitrous
  2. Fluminense
  3. Strike Silver
  4. Dream Maker
  5. La Fuerza
  6. Instagrand
  7. Tight Ten
  8. Sparky Ville
  9. Le General
  10. Tybalt
Oaks
  1. Somwhere
  2. Restless Rider
  3. Italia
  4. Catherinethegreat
  5. Reflect
  6. Abyssinian
  7. Confessing
  8. La Chancla
  9. Lyrical Lady
  10. Bizwhacks
James Scully


James ScullyJames Scully writes/handicaps for Brisnet.com, TwinSpires.com and KentuckyDerby.com. He started working for Brisnet.com in 1998. A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, James has been a lifelong University of Kentucky and Cincinnati Bengals/Reds fan. He remembers watching Seattle Slew on TV and attended his first Kentucky Derby in 1981 (Pleasant Colony). Follow James on Twitter: @James_Scully111


Derby
  1. Mendelssohn
  2. Audible
  3. Justify
  4. Flameaway
  5. Good Magic
  6. Hofburg
  7. Vino Rosso
  8. Magnum Moon
  9. Bolt d'Oro
  10. My Boy Jack
Oaks
  1. Eskimo Kisses
  2. Midnight Bisou
  3. Wonder Gadot
  4. Coach Rocks
  5. Monomoy Girl
  6. Rayya
  7. My Miss Lilly
  8. Sassy Sienna
  9. Chocolate Martini
  10. Take Charge Paula
Kellie Reilly


Kellie Reilly

Kellie Reilly, a staff writer in the Editorial Department at Brisnet.com, is a regular contributor to the TwinSpires.com blog and KentuckyDerby.com. Her articles have also been featured on NBCSports.com and in the official Kentucky Derby program. Kellie's academic background is in history, culminating in an M.A. from her hometown University of New Orleans. A racing fan since childhood, Kellie is especially interested in pedigrees and the international racing scene. Follow Kellie on Twitter: @GallantFox1930


Derby
  1. Justify
  2. Good Magic
  3. Bolt d'Oro
  4. Mendelssohn
  5. Magnum Moon
  6. Vino Rosso
  7. Audible
  8. Solomini
  9. Instilled Regard
  10. Hofburg
Oaks
  1. Midnight Bisou
  2. Eskimo Kisses
  3. Rayya
  4. Monomoy Girl
  5. Take Charge Paula
  6. My Miss Lilly
  7. Wonder Gadot
  8. Coach Rocks
  9. Chocolate Martini
  10. Sassy Sienna
Vance Hanson


Vance Hanson

Vance is a contributing writer and editor for BRISnet.com, TwinSpires.com and KentuckyDerby.com with over 20 years of Thoroughbred racing experience. Prior to joining the Churchill Downs Inc. family, he served as a publicity assistant at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, where he began following the sport in the late 1980s, and as a handicapper/writer for Daily Racing Form in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow Vance on Twitter: @VPHanson


Derby
  1. Justify
  2. Audible
  3. Bolt d'Oro
  4. Good Magic
  5. Mendelssohn
  6. Vino Rosso
  7. Hofburg
  8. Magnum Moon
  9. My Boy Jack
  10. Flameaway
Oaks
  1. Eskimo Kisses
  2. Midnight Bisou
  3. Monomoy Girl
  4. Raaya
  5. My Miss Lilly
  6. Coach Rocks
  7. Chocolate Martini
  8. Wonder Gadot
  9. Patrona Margarita
  10. Kelly's Humor
Scott Shapiro

Scott Shampiro for TwinSpires and Kentucky Derby

Scott Shapiro writes for Twin Spires.com and covers Southern California racing for Brisnet.com. Scott fell in love with thoroughbred racing when his father took him to Garden State Park in 1985 to see Kentucky Derby winner Spend A Buck race in the Jersey Derby instead of the Preakness Stakes. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1996 and remains a die-hard Badger football and basketball fan today. His favorite horses are A.P. Indy, Fly So Free, Victory Gallop, and Ghostzapper.  Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottShap34

Derby
  1. Audible
  2. Justify
  3. Good Magic
  4. Mendelssohn
  5. Hofburg
  6. Magnum Moon
  7. Noble Indy
  8. Bolt d' Oro
  9. Vino Rosso
  10. My Boy Jack
Oaks
  1. Midnight Bisou
  2. Monomoy Girl
  3. Eskimo Kisses
  4. Coach Rocks
  5. Rayya
  6. Chocolate Martini
  7. My Miss Lilly
  8. Blamed
  9. Sassy Sienna
  10. Take Charge Paula

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