Expert Picks

There are no shortage of opinions and angles when handicapping the Kentucky Derby. Let our experts help you find great plays and picks for your Kentucky Derby betting with as much as 20 horses leaving the gate on the First Saturday in May. As Soon as You find your favorite personality or a good looking pick, head to to rear your choice Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds and Racing Analyst Joe Kristufek began his profession in his native Chicago, scaling the ladder in the local racing places. The 1989 rivalry between Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence and his nemesis Easy Goer got Joe hooked on horse racing. A self proclaimed”horse racing ambassador”, Joe’s business experience spans from Dubai to Hong Kong to more than 35 tracks across North America. An award winning fan development expert and TV producer, he relishes the challenge of scouting the nations top Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders weeks in advance. In the infield to the suites and now the paddock, Joe has attended 14 Kentucky Derbies. Follow Joe on Twitter: @JoeyDaKRacingEd DeRosa
Ed DeRosaEd DeRosa is director of advertising for, the official statistics source of the Kentucky Derby and Ed combined Churchill Downs Inc. in July 2011 after nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times. He grew up in Cleveland and also learned to love horse racing while going to Thistledown (currently called Jack Thistledown) with his grandfather. Before 2015, Ed had never seen a Triple Crown winner. Ed horses are Rachel Alexandra, Ghostzapper, and Real Quiet. Follow Ed on Twitter: @EJXD2 James Scully
James ScullyJames Scully writes/handicaps for, and He started working for at 1998. A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, James was a University of Cincinnati and Kentucky Bengals/Reds enthusiast. He remembers watching Seattle Slew on TV and attended his first Kentucky Derby in 1981 (Pleasant Colony). Follow James on Twitter: @James_Scully111Kellie Reilly
Kellie Reilly
Kellie Reilly, a staff writer in the Editorial Department in, is a regular contributor to the site and Her articles also have been featured on and at the official Kentucky Derby app. Kellie’s academic background is in history, culminating in an M.A. from the hometown University of New Orleans. A racing fan since childhood, Kellie is particularly interested in pedigrees along with the international racing scene. Follow Kellie on Twitter: @GallantFox1930

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