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' paddock host 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 30 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 12 Kentucky Derbies in person and he relishes of the challenge of scouting the nation's top 3-year-olds.

Derby
  1. Good Magic
  2. Bolt d'Oro
  3. Mendelssohn
  4. Montauk
  5. Free Drop Billy
  6. New York Central
  7. Mask
  8. Solomini
  9. Catholic Boy
  10. Dak Attack
Oaks
  1. Road to Victory
  2. Red Ruby
  3. Caledonia Road
  4. Wonder Gadot
  5. Moonshine Memories
  6. Alluring Star
  7. Separationofpowers
  8. Miss Mo Mentum
  9. Amy's Challenge
  10. Cicatrix
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.

Derby
  1. Bolt d'Oro
  2. Mendelssohn
  3. Enticed
  4. Tiz Mischief
  5. Good Magic
  6. Copper Bullet
  7. Solomini
  8. McKinzie
  9. Montauk
  10. New York Central
Oaks
  1. Cicatrix
  2. Caledonia Road
  3. Dream Tree
  4. Road to Victory
  5. Monomoy Girl
  6. Wonder Gadot
  7. Fly So High
  8. Separationofpowers
  9. Red Ruby
  10.  Take Charge Paula
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.

Derby
  1. Bolt d'Oro
  2. Good Magic
  3. Copper Bullet
  4. New York Central
  5. Enticed
  6. Tiz Mischief
  7. Solomini
  8. Arrival
  9. Sea Foam
  10. Awaken
Oaks
  1. Cicatrix
  2. Road to Victory
  3. Monomoy Girl
  4. Dream Tree
  5. Caledonia Road
  6. Separationofpowers
  7. Red Ruby
  8. Moonshine Memories
  9. Dream It Is
  10. Take Charge Paula
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).

Derby
  1. Good Magic
  2. Solomini
  3. Bolt d'Oro
  4. Catholic Boy
  5. Copper Bullet
  6. Instilled Regard
  7. Enticed
  8. Montauk
  9. Free Drop Billy
  10. Combatant
Oaks
  1. Dream Tree
  2. Caledonia Road
  3. Road to Victory
  4. Wonder Gadot
  5. Fly So High
  6. Heavenly Love
  7. Separationofpowers
  8. Alluring Star
  9. Moonshine Memories
  10. Blonde Bomber
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. 

Derby
  1. McCraken
  2. Irish War Cry
  3. Classic Empire
  4. Always Dreaming
  5. Hence
  6. Tapwrit
  7. Gunnevera
  8. J Boys Echo
  9. Irap
  10. Thunder Snow
Oaks
  1. Farrell
  2. Paradise Woods
  3. Abel Tasman
  4. Salty
  5. Vexatious
  6. Ever So Clever
  7. Tequilita
  8. Miss Sky Warrior
  9. Lockdown
  10. Daddys Lil Darling
Vance Hanson

TwinSpires.comVance is a contributing writer and editor for BRISnet.com, TwinSpires.com and KentuckyDerby.com with over 15 years of thoroughbred horse racing experience.

Derby
  1. McCraken
  2. Practical Joke
  3. Irish War Cry
  4. Always Dreaming
  5. Classic Empire
  6. Battle of Midway
  7. Gunnevera
  8. Lookin at Lee
  9. Irap
  10. Girvin
Oaks
  1. Paradise Woods
  2. Farrell
  3. Abel Tasman
  4. Salty
  5. Miss Sky Warrior
  6. Sailors Valentine
  7. Wicked Lick
  8. Ever So Clever
  9. Lockdown
  10. Tequilita
Scott Shapiro

TwinSpires.com

Scott Shapiro is a west coast based correspondent for BRISnet.com, TwinSpires.com and KentuckyDerby.com and specializes in handicapping and picks.

Derby
  1. McCraken
  2. Irish War Cry
  3. Classic Empire
  4. Always Dreaming
  5. Hence
  6. Tapwrit
  7. Gunnevera
  8. J Boys Echo
  9. Irap
  10. Thunder Snow
Oaks
  1. Farrell
  2. Paradise Woods
  3. Abel Tasman
  4. Salty
  5. Vexatious
  6. Ever So Clever
  7. Tequilita
  8. Miss Sky Warrior
  9. Lockdown
  10. Daddys Lil Darling

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