Kentucky Derby

Experts picking Orb

Alicia Wincze Hughes
Alicia Wincze Hughes

Name Affiliation Win Place Show Comment

Alicia Wincze Hughes Herald-Leader turf writer Orb Revolutionary Itsmyluckyday Few horses have ticked all the boxes coming into the Derby ... the way Orb has.

John Clay Herald-Leader columnist Orb Revolutionary Verrazano The clouds will part & the McGaughey/Janney/Phipps/Claiborne connections will shine.

Rick Bozich WDRB-41 Orb Normandy Invasion Revolutionary I've always believed there's a Derby with McGaughey's name on it — and this is the one.

Simon Bray TVG Revolutionary Orb Normandy Invasion Revolutionary has overcome adversity in last two starts. Will like wet track.

Joe Drape New York Times Itsmyluckyday Palace Malice Orb The stalker is seasoned, fast and fires every time. He is sitting on a big one.

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Orb Itsmyluckyday Verrazano Shug McGaughey wouldn't be here if he didn't think this was "the horse."

Bill Finley National turf writer Normandy Invasion Itsmyluckyday Orb A bit unlucky this year, he has the potential to turn in an explosive performance.

Hank Goldberg ESPN Orb Normandy Invasion Frac Daddy Best horse ... hottest rider in the world.

Steve Haskin The Blood-Horse Overanalyze Palace Malice Mylute Looking for a live overlay ... and his Thoro-Graph numbers point to a big effort.

Tom Hammond NBC Sports Orb Revolutionary Goldencents Shug is overdue for a Derby win.

Mark Johnson Churchill Downs track announcer Verrazano Frac Daddy Revolutionary Verrazano is the one potential mega-star in the field.Tom Leach UK announcer Orb Oxbow Itsmyluckyday Orb will take his game to an even higher level.William Nack Author and journalist Orb Verrazano Goldencents All the right ingredients, from pedigree to trainer to that Florida Derby victory, to win.

Claire Novak Orb Itsmyluckyday Normandy Invasion Top choice looks phenomenal training at Churchill, and he's the class of the field.

Ray Paulick Orb Normandy Invasion Goldencents Orb is best qualified to get the distance ... and he is in the hands of a patient trainer.

Billy Reed Former Herald-Leader columnist Orb Palace Malice Normandy Invasion This is the Derby with Shug McGaughey's name on it.

Jennie Rees Courier-Journal turf writer Orb Itsmyluckyday Revolutionary Orb has the looks, pedigree, running style, trainer and jockey to get the job done.

Kenny Rice NBC Sports Orb Goldencents Revolutionary Shug McGaughey has his best 3-year-old since 1989, poised for the Roses.

Tim Sullivan Courier-Journal columnist Revolutionary Orb Goldencents Todd Pletcher finds strength in numbers, and in Calvin Borel.

Maryjean Wall Former Herald-Leader turf writer Orb Golden Soul Frac Daddy Shug McGaughey needs to win the Derby, and Orb — like Shug — has the class.

Mike Watchmaker Daily Racing Form Orb Itsmyluckyday Verrazano Orb has improved steadily from race to race with his last his best yet.

Tim Wilkin Albany (N.Y.) Times Union Verrazano Java's War Goldencents We have not seen the best of Verrazano yet. We will today.