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2014 Kentucky Derby Top 10 in Photos

 

As author of Handicapper's Corner, it is my job to handicap the big races, and as you know, there is none bigger than the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Please enjoy my Top 10 in Photos on Horse Racing Nation, and stay tuned as more HRN bloggers reveal their Top 10 Derby horses in photos...

 

#10 -  Intense Holiday


It could be debated that Intense Holiday’s victory in the Risen Star was due to lighter competition than what he faced in Florida, or the Fair Grounds strip being kinder to late runners. Either way, no one can argue that Intense Holiday is getting better as the distances get longer. Though he appears a cut below the top contenders, Intense Holiday is currently 2nd in Kentucky Derby points and the 1 ¼ distance could be exactly what he needs to bridge the gap to those at the top of the list.

 

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I think the distance and depth of competition is going to catch up with the NY & CA breds.
Interesting that you have none of the well liked California or New York-breds on your list.

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum