2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Posted by Matt Cullen on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 16:04 PM

Updated: April 23, 2012. This week's top 10 contenders list compares my top 10 Kentucky Derby® contenders with two expert's picks: John Asher and Loren Hebel-Osborne.

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Top 10 Contender Picks for the Kentucky Derby®

John Asher's Top 10 

Loren Hebel-Osborne's Top 10 

Matt's Top 10 

1. Union Rags 1. Hansen 1. Union Rags
2. Creative Cause 2. Union Rags 2. Creative Cause
3. Dullahan 3. Creative Cause 3. Hansen
4. Gemologist 4. Gemologist 4. Gemologist
5. Bodemeister 5. Daddy Nose Best 5. Dullahan
6. Take Charge Indy 6. Bodemeister  6. Went the Day Well
7. I'll Have Another 7. Alpha  7. Take Charge Indy
8. Alpha  8. Went the Day Well 8. Bodemeister 
9. Hansen 9. I'll Have Another  9. Alpha 
10. Went the Day Well 10. Dullahan 10. Daddy Nose Best

*Unique Pick for Each Analyst

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Breaking Down the Picks

Many of this week's top 10 contenders remain unchanged from last week. Union Rags continues to hold strong as the top contender for the 2012 Kentucky Derby®. Ranked number one in both Asher and my rankings, Union Rags is still the odds favorite (9-2). He had a severe slip in March's Florida Derby, which was the only blemish in his Derby preps. He has three wins in his last five races, and should have the best odds heading into the 2012 Kentucky Derby®.

Loren Hebel-Osborne has Hansen as her top contender in this week's rankings. She stated, "I have been on the Hansen bandwagon, and I don't think that now is the time to step off.  I believe the colt will move up again when he moves back onto the Churchill dirt surface." The Kentucky-bred Hansen could have a home-field advantage at Churchill Downs® and should remain a top pick for this year's Derby.

On a disappointing note, Secret Circle has pulled out of the 2012 Kentucky Derby® due to injury. Veterinary tests revealed a sesamoid injury that will sideline Secret Circle for as long as four months. The three-year-old colt became a legitimate contender after wins at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs last November, and the Southwest and Rebel Stakes at the Oaklawn track in Hot Springs, AR., in late-winter. 

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About the Experts

John Asher joined Churchill Downs® in 1997 as a publicist and racing analyst, and moved to his current role as vice president of Racing Communications two years later. Before his arrival at Churchill Downs, Asher earned five media Eclipse Awards for Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing at Louisville radio stations WHAS and WAVG.

Loren Hebel-Osborne maintains an active racing and breeding farm just outside of Louisville. She often serves as a guest speaker and racing analyst for schools, clubs, corporate events and local news stations WHAS-TV and WBKI’s “Louisville Live” for Kentucky Derby® and Breeders’ Cup coverage. Loren also spent 15 years with VISA where she was involved in all aspects of managing its sponsorship of the Triple Crown and the Kentucky Derby®.

Who is your favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby? Share your thoughts below. 

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