The 2011 Kentucky Derby – Dialed In's the Favorite

The 2011 Kentucky Derby – Dialed In's the Favorite
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Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 18

With only 18 days until the big day, I offer my current projection on how the 20 horse field for this year’s Kentucky Derby will look including their odds. These odds are only how I believe they will be bet and have no relation to my own choices. A handful of horses on this list still may not go, including Uncle Mo, The Factor, Santiva, Animal Kingdom, and J P’s Gusto. So horses like Silver Medallion, Watch Me Go, Shackleford, Twinspired, and Anthony’s Cross can still earn a birth to the big show, but as it stands today …

Dialed In           Julien Leparoux        6-1

Uncle Mo             John Velazquez        7-1

Nehro            Corey Nakatani         8-1 

Mucho Macho Man        Rajiv Maragh         10-1

Midnight Interlude      Victor Espinoza        10-1

Archarcharch          Jon Court             12-1   

Toby’s Corner         Eddie Castro         12-1

The Factor            Martin Garcia          12-1

Pants On Fire         Rosie Napravnik       15-1

Soldat                Alan Garcia            15-1

Master of Hounds       Ryan Moore       20-1

Jaycito               Martin Garcia          20-1

Animal Kingdom           Alan Garcia             20-1

Comma To The Top       Corey Nakatani         25-1

Brilliant Speed           Joel Rosario                   25-1      

Stay Thirsty         John Velazquez        25-1  

Santiva             Mike Smith       25-1   

Twice the Appeal      C. Santiago-Reyes       30-1

Decisive Moment      Kerwin Clark         40-1

J P’s Gusto          Ramon Dominguez          40-1

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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