Kentucky Derby

Race predictions: Experts favor Dullahan, Gemologist

Dullahan, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the 88th running of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14 with a powerful late rally to beat 2-year-old champion Hansen.
Dullahan, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the 88th running of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14 with a powerful late rally to beat 2-year-old champion Hansen. Herald-Leader

Alicia Wincze Hughes, Herald-Leader: It's hard to knock a horse who has done nothing wrong and with two wins over the track.

Win: Gemologist

Place: Union Rags

Show: Daddy Nose Best


John Clay, Herald-Leader: Dale Romans is crowned the hometown hero.

Win: Dullahan

Place: Union Rags

Show: Creative Cause


Rick Bozich, Courier-Journal: Welcome back to the limelight, Patrick Byrne.

Win: Take Charge Indy

Place: Union Rags

Show: Gemologist


Joe Drape, New York Times: Union Rags has won four of six and was impressive in two narrow defeats. He looks like a star.

Win: Union Rags

Place: Creative Cause

Show: Went the Day Well


Jeannine Edwards, ESPN: What Gemologist may lack in seasoning he's more than made up for with talent.

Win: Gemologist

Place: I'll Have Another

Show: Daddy Nose Best


Hank Goldberg, ESPN: Gemologist is perfect so far and going for a Churchill hat trick.

Win: Gemologist

Place: Bodemeister

Show: Union Rags/Alpha (dead heat)


Steve Haskin, The Blood-Horse: I decided to take a shot with the horse who has the most explosive closing kick.

Win: Dullahan

Place: Alpha

Show: Rousing Sermon


Mark Johnson, Churchill Downs announcer: Gemologist, the only unbeaten horse in the field, is 2-for-2 at Churchill Downs.

Win: Gemologist

Place: Hansen

Show: Sabercat


Tom Leach, UK announcer: Dullahan's father won three of four on the Churchill dirt and his half-brother won the roses.

Win: Dullahan

Place: Bodemeister

Show: Hansen


Claire Novak, ESPN.com: They made Bode the favorite for a reason; if there's a long shot upset, rooting for my boy Done Talking.

Win: Bodemeister

Place: Daddy Nose Best

Show: Alpha


Billy Reed, former Herald-Leader columnist: The racing gods finally will smile on Godolphin.

Win: Alpha

Place: El Padrino

Show: Gemologist


Jennie Rees, Courier-Journal: Take Charge Indy offers value, is bred for the distance and is more versatile than some think.

Win: Take Charge Indy

Place: Gemologist

Show: Union Rags


Kenny Rice, HDNet announcer: Forget bad trip in Florida, Union Rags is training great to give Michael Matz his second Derby.

Win: Union Rags

Place: Take Charge Indy

Show: I'll Have Another


Maryjean Wall, former Herald-Leader racing writer: It's time for another Blue Grass Stakes-Kentucky Derby combo.

Win: Dullahan

Place: Gemologist

Show: Take Charge Indy


Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form: Dullahan turned in his best yet winning the Blue Grass and still has room to improve.

Win: Dullahan

Place: Creative Cause

Show: Bodemeister

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