Horse Racing Nation picks the 2012 Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing Nation picks the 2012 Kentucky Derby
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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.


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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