Kentucky Derby 137: Our editor handicaps the race [Kentucky Derby]

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14. Shackleford, Castanon/Romans, 12-1

Dialed In is a favorite and Shackleford barely lost to him in the Florida Derby. He's hit the board in three of his last four races, although never beating a Derby winner. He also seems to be the sexy pick in the media center.

Conclusion: I like this pony.

15. Midnight Interlude, Espinoza/Baffert, 10-1

Daily Racing Form said, "The blunt truth is Midnight Interlude has minimal chance to win the Derby—a charitabe estimate is 3 percent." Let's go with that.

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

16. Animal Kingdom, Velazquez/Motion, 30-1

While he beat two Derby horses his last time out (Twinspired and Decisive Moment), I don't like either of them. Plus, he's never raced on dirt and this race will be his first with this jockey.

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

17. Soldat, A.Garcia/McLaughlin, 12-1

He's hit the board in seven of his last eight races, but lost to two Derby horses his last time out.

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

18. Uncle Mo, Velazquez/Repole Stable, 9-2

Uncle Mo was scratched on Friday so you can't gamble on him (I found that out the hard way).

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

19. Nehro, Nakatani/Asmussen,  6-1

Lost by a neck to Archarcharch and Pants on Fire in his last two races, beating Mucho Macho Man in the latter.

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

20. Watch Me Go, Bejarano/O'Connell, 50-1

He's on the outside, has never raced against Derby competitors and is under a new-to-him jockey.

Conclusion: I do not like this pony.

About Zach Everson
Travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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