A Who’s Who of 2019 Kentucky Derby Trifecta Picks

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Find out who friends of America’s Best Racing are picking for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

America's Best Racing reached out to some well-known racing fans to get their top three selections for the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday at Churchill Downs.  

Find out which Derby runners these friends of ABR landed on for the first jewel of the Triple Crown.


Bonnie-Jill Laflin

KNBR Morning Show host, NBC Sports reporter, former NBA scout

Follow on Twitter: @BJLaflin

1. Game Winner

2. Improbable 

3. War of Will


Bram Weinstein

Founder, Ampire Media; Host of ABR's "The Winner's Circle" 

Follow on Twitter: @RealBramW

1. Tacitus

2. Maximum Security

3. Vekoma 


Chris “Bear” Fallica

ESPN College GameDay

Follow on Twitter: @chrisfallica

1. Improbable 

2. Win Win Win

3. Country House


Nick Ferrara

Kentucky Derby Red Carpet host

Follow on Twitter: @rinickulous1

1. Game Winner

2. Improbable

3. Win Win Win


Jim Wilson

Oscar Award-winning producer of “Dances with Wolves”

1. Tacitus

2. Roadster 

3. Maximum Security 


Tabitha Lipkin

On-air talent for Fox5 San Diego

Follow on Twitter: @TabithaLipkin

1. Cutting Humor 

2. Game Winner 

3. Win Win Win 


Jonathon Kinchen

Former NHC Tour Champion

Follow on Twitter: @Utbighair

1. Improbable

2. Game Winner

3. By My Standards



Jon Miller

President of programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN

1. Improbable 

2. Game Winner

3. Maximum Security 

 


Simon Bray

TVG analyst

Follow on Twitter: @SimonTVG

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus 

3. Roadster 


Dianne Gallagher

CNN correspondent

Follow on Twitter: @DianneG

1. Maximum Security

2. Improbable 

3. Long Range Toddy 


Bob Ehalt

Sports/Turf writer

Follow on Twitter: @BobEhalt

1. Game Winner

2. Code of Honor

3. Tacitus


Fred Gaudelli

Executive producer, NBC's Sunday Night Football

Follow on Twitter: @NBCSNF

1 Game Winner 

2 Code of Honor 

3 Improbable 


Jane Motion

Daughter of Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion

Follow on Twitter: @janemotion

1. Game Winner

2. Roadster

3. Tacticus 


Jeff Lowe

Communications director for West Point Thoroughbreds, turf writer

Follow on Twitter: @JeffWLowe

1. Code of Honor

2. Improbable

3. Spinoff


Basil DeVito

President of the XFL, horseplayer

1. Improbable

2. By My Standards

3. Game Winner


Monique Vág

Journalist/prop queen for Covers; handicapper for America's Best Racing

Follow on Twitter: @ParlayQueen

1. Tacitus

2. Game Winner

3. Vekoma


Mark Beal

Author of Decoding Gen Z: 101 Lessons Generation Z Will Teach Corporate America, Marketers & Media

Follow on Twitter: @markbealpr

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus

3. Code of Honor


Keith Jones

NBC Sports hockey analyst

1. Roadster 

2. Improbable 

3. Tax


Sophie Flay

Community journalist, ABC7 Los Angeles

Follow on Twitter: @abc7sophie

1. Roadster

2. Improbable

3. Tacitus 


Joe Kristufek

Horse racing analyst, fan ambassador

Follow on Twitter: @JoeyDaKRacing

1. Maximum Security

2. Roadster

3. By My Standards

4. Win Win Win

5. Improbable


Alan Cavanna

Fox Sports NASCAR reporter

 Follow on Twitter: @CopaCavanna

1. Maximum Security

2. Cutting Humor 

3. Improbable 


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing managing partner

Follow on Twitter: @Zipseatthetrack

1. Tacitus

2. Game Winner

3. Code of Honor


Danielle Davis

Founder, Lou What Wear

Follow on Twitter: @louwhatwear

1. Game Winner 

2. Tacitus 

3. Improbable  


Matt Bernier

Daily Racing Form analyst

Follow on Twitter:  @bernier_matt

1. Win Win Win

2. Roadster

3. By My Standards


Joel Stein

Author, “Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity” 

Follow on Twitter: @thejoelstein

1. Game Winner

2. Improbable

3. Cutting Humor



Jim Mulvihill

Senior director of betting information at Churchill Downs Inc.

Follow on Twitter: @yourfriendjimbo

1. Game Winner

2. Spinoff

3. Roadster


Drew Franklin

Co-host, Kentucky Sports Radio

Follow on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

1. Tacitus 

2. Game Winner

3. Roadster


Neil Everett

ESPN SportsCenter L.A. host

1. Code of Honor

2. Maximum Security

3. Roadster


Melissa Hoppert

Senior editor of digital storytelling-sportswriter, New York Times

Follow on Twitter: @MHoppertNYT

1. Improbable

2. Game Winner

3. Tacitus


Gary Stevens

Hall of Fame jockey; analyst for FOX Sports, NYRA

Follow on Twitter: @GStevens_jockey

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus

3. Roadster



Donna Barton Brothers

Reporter, NBC Sports; COO for Starlight & StarLadies Racing

Follow on Twitter: @donnabbrothers

1. Roadster

2. Tacitus

3. Cutting Humor


Peter Fornatale

Co-founder of World Horseplayers’ Tour, Daily Racing Form podcast host

Follow on Twitter: @loomsboldly

1. Tacitus

2. Game Winner

3. Code of Honor


Bob Ike

Partner and vice president of HorseBills.com, radio host

Follow on Twitter: @bobike1

1. Improbable    

2. Game Winner

3. Roadster


Jay Privman 

Daily Racing Form Triple Crown writer 

Follow on Twitter: @DRFPrivman

1. Game Winner

2. Win Win Win

3. By My Standards

4. Improbable


Anne Hardy

Executive director of Horse Country

1. Maximum Security

2. Roadster

3. Country House


BlackJack Fletcher

Senior gambling analyst for The Action Network

Follow on Twitter: @BlackjackFletch

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus

3. By My Standards


Gene Kershner

Turf writer, The Buffalo News

Follow on Twitter: @EquiSpace

1. Improbable

2. Spinoff

3. Game Winner


Jim Chairusmi

Sportswriter, Wall Street Journal

Follow on Twitter: @jimchair

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus

3. War of Will


Jeannine Edwards

Longtime ESPN analyst/reporter

Follow on Twitter: @jeanninee12

1. Game Winner

2. Tacitus

3. By My Standards


Matt Dinerman

Track announcer and TV racing analyst, Golden Gate Fields

Follow on Twitter: @3coltshandicap

1. Maximum Security

2. Game Winner

3. Roadster


Bill Finley

Thoroughbred Daily News  columnist

Follow on Twitter: @BillFinley3

1. Game Winner

2. Improbable

3. Roadster


Norm Hitzges

Author and sports talk radio host at KTCK in Dallas, Texas Radio Hall of Fame member

Follow on Twitter: @NormsClubhouse

1. Game Winner

2. Roadster

3. Tacitus


Joe Drape

New York Times sports reporter, author of American Pharaoh: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise

Follow on Twitter: @joedrape

1. Tacitus

2. Roadster 

3. Improbable 


Jeff Duncan

Columnist for The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com

Follow on Twitter: @JeffDuncan_

1. Maximum Security

2. Win Win Win

3. Game Winner


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