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Horse Racing Nation picks the 2012 Kentucky Derby

In a fearless display of handicapping prowess, many of the best and brightest of Horse Racing Nation have decided to lay their reputations on the line and try not only to pick the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby, but also nail down the entire superfecta of one of the most difficult races to handicap since the first Saturday of last May. Surely the old axiom, 18 heads are better than one, is in play here, so the consensus selections should offer some solid information for anyone with the willingness to listen. Before the race even begins, I believe these selections will answer the question which horse will be favored, as somewhat surprisingly nearly half of the group tabbed Union Rags as their overall top pick, while not a single voter went for Bodemeister in that spot. Without further ado, here is how Horse Racing Nation sees the Kentucky Derby … 

 

 

 … Leaving us with the consensus Top 5 of:

 

1. Union Rags

2. Gemologist

3. Dullahan

4. Creative Cause

5. Daddy Nose Best 

 

Did we collectively get it right? Tell us what your Top 5 is.

 

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too close to bet straight.
Creative Cause, El Padrino, Alpha, Take Charge Indy, Bodemeister
Nobody is picking Bodemeister? In that case, I will. I think he's either going to win or run off the board. Bodemeister, Union Rags, Gemologist, Alpha, Daddy Nose Best
Mix, you like Creative Cause, Hansen and Take Charge Indy?
Творческая Причина, Хансен, Возьми на себя ответственность Indy:*
cc could win,dullahan with ken on board will win one of the triple crown,daddynoesbest who knows what he can do and with union ray being the fav. this is a tough derby. i had animal king last yr and i see a repeat tr/joc. this yr. I hope my day goes well 2 morow........i don't know who gonna win , but i did pi 1 2to win, i just hope my day goes well tommorow
Dullahan, Hansen, Alpha
CC, Hansen, Dullihan, Sabercat.. (maybe in reverse!)
CC, IHA, Gem, Alpha, DNB. Slight change from yesterday.
El Padrino, Take Charge Indy, Gemologist, Creative Cause, Prospective Take it to the bank....
Rags and Cause will pass the speed at the top of thd stretch. Dullahan and Nose will sweep by them 1/16 out. Dullahan by a half-length.
Dullahan, Daddy Nose Best, Union Rags, Creative Cause. None of the speed will hit the board.
I think Union Rags is an Uncle Mo or Looking at Lucky. I look for Rags to win the Preakness.
Gemologist, Daddy Nose Best, Take Charge Indy, Creative Cause, Alpha
Dullahan; Union Rags; Take Charge Indy; and a couple of bombs: El Padrino; and Prospective.
Well I gotta pick gemologist, bodemeister, and hansen
Creative Cause, Union Rags, Alpha, Gemologist. Good luck everyone!
Bodemeister, gemologist, daddy nose, take charge, union rags.
Wow, those are my top 5! Thank goodness someone else thinks that way!
which trainer won last yr....g.motion...he went oversea and brought that horse back for the DERBY

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  

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