2013 Kentucky Derby - May Madness

2013 Kentucky Derby - May Madness

 

College basketball may have March Madness, but in the world of racing, it is all about May Madness! The first Saturday in May to be exact. The field has been created, and unlike the NCAA tourney, the Kentucky Derby brackets stick with a simple field of 64.

 

The rules are simple, win and advance; 1 vs. 16, 8 vs. 9, and so on. Print out the field, and tell me (right here in the comment section for the world to see) who you have advancing to the sweet 16, the elite 8, the final four, all the way to the one horse who you think will be adorned in roses on the first Saturday in May. And for the first time ever, a $200 win bet on the horse of your choice in the 2013 Preakness awaits the lucky winner.

 

The winner will be the bracket with the most final four picks that finish in the top five in the Derby. To keep it a level playing field, you must use the brackets below, and all picks must be in by Tuesday, March 19. If there is a tie, it will be decided on how well your champion finishes. If still tied, overall finishes of your elite eight will decide things. Without further ado, I am proud to reveal the brackets for the third annual Kentucky Derby Tournament on Horse Racing Nation. Let the games begin!

 

 *Please note - The 11 seed in the Affirmed region is Siete de Oros

  


Meet Brian Zipse

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, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, 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. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

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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