May 4th, 2017

Reed: Celebrities and media predict the Derby

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Billy Reed

Executive Editor 

Reed: Celebrities and media predict the Derby
photo courtesy of Churchill Downs

If you already aren’t confused enough by Kentucky Derby 143, we here at the Louisville Catholic Sports Network feel it’s our duty to mess up your handicapping even more.

So we introduce the first Mike Barry World’s Best Handicapper Forum in honor of the longtime editor and publisher of the Kentucky Irish-American, a must-read for Louisville Catholic families for decades.

No telling whom Mike would pick out of this field, but it probably would not be Irish War Cry, simply because so many would expect him to do so. As Mike used to say, “If Ireland is so great, how come so many people left there?”

Just guessing, but since Mike served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, he might try to make a case for Battle of Midway, which was the turning point for the U.S. Navy against the Japanese.

At any rate, here are the selections and comments of our crack panel of “experts.” Management is not responsible for any money you may lose by following their picks, but we will be happy to take a cut if you win.

Scott Davenport, Bellarmine men’s basketball coach – 1. McCraken, 2. Irish War Cry, 3. Hence

“McCraken loves Churchill Downs and Grahmn Motion knows the way with Irish War Cry. Steve Ashmussan goes in the Hall of Fame this year so Hence runs for his trainer in his special year.”

Jody Demling, Freelance journalist – 1. Always Dreaming, 2. Irish War Cry, 3. McCraken.

“Pletcher has always been dreaming of a second Derby win and gets it.”

Alan Donhoff, St. Xavier athletic director – 1. Irish War Cry, 2. McCraken, 3. Girvin

Chance Dugan, Bellarmine women’s basketball coach – 1. McCraken, 2. Tapwrit, 3.  Classic Empire

My uncle picked McCraken four months ago so I’m stick with him. 

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports – 1. Classic Empire, 2. Irish War Cry, 3. Hence.

“I honestly have no idea, as usual. But I’ll go down betting.”

Kenny Klein, U of L men’s basketball SID – 1. McCraken, 2. Always Dreaming, 3. J Boys Echo

“I chose McCraken and with the likelihood of rain it provides an edge in pedigree.”

Paul Najjar, LCSN – 1. Irish War Cry, 2. Girvin, 3. Classic Empire.

“Keep an eye on Patch (pun intended), but Irish War Cry is more than capable of bringing second blanket of roses to trainer Graham Motion, who trained Animal Kingdom to the win in 2011.”

Donna Moir, Sacred Heart head basketball coach – 1. Girvin, 2. McCraken, 3.Gunnevera

“Missing my dad the most this time of year!”

Mike Pollio, former coach – 1. Thunder Snow, 2. Always Dreaming, 3. McCraken.

“Thunder Snow has gone farther and faster than any other runner.”

Billy Reed, LCSN – 1. McCraken, 2. Gunnevera, 3. Lookin At Lee.

“I finally went with Lookin At Lee over State of Honor as my longshot, but I feel solid about McCraken, who’s in the capable hands of Ian Wilkes.”

Conor Revell, LCSN – 1. McCraken, 2. Irish War Cry, 3. Classic Empire.

“I have picked McCraken in honor of McCracken County, Ky., which is very near Murray State, my alma mater.”

Good luck, friends, and happy Derby!


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