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The Only Celebrity & Media picks you'll need for Kentucky Derby 142

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Unbeaten Nyquist is favored to win Kentucky Derby 142 Saturday. Unbeaten Nyquist is favored to win Kentucky Derby 142 Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The only Kentucky Derby celebrity and media picks that you’ll need to make a fortune Saturday at Churchill Downs. (Or at least be the hit of your Derby party.)

Best of luck.

Jason Anderson, ESPN 680 Radio: 1. Nyquist; 2. Exaggerator; 3. Creator.

Comment: “In wide open field, I’ll take the undefeated horse. If not Nyquist, it’s anybody’s guess.”

John Asher, Churchill Downs vice-president: 1. Mohaymen; 2. Mor Spirit; 3. Gun Runner.

Comment: “Mohaymen’s last race was so bad that one must draw a line through it. The Derby should be a different story, as his tactical speed will make him a presence throughout. He’ll have his head in front at some point in the stretch and we’ll see if he’s good enough from there.”

Mike Battaglia, Churchill Downs handicapper/NBC analyst: 1. Nyquist; 2. Creator; 3. Brody’s Cause.

Comment: “Undefeated and still champ.”

Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky football coach: 1. Whitmore; 2. Exaggerator; 3. Nyquist.

Rex Chapman, former Kentucky basketball player: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mor Spirit; 3. Mo Tom.

John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mohaymen; 3. Exaggerator.

Comment: “He’s done nothing wrong and no reason to believe he’ll start now.”

Larry Collmus, NBC Sports announcer: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mor Spirit; 3. Exaggerator.

Jean Cruguet, Seattle Slew’s jockey; 1. Nyquist; 2. Destin; 3. Mor Spirit.

Dan Dakich, ESPN: 1. Exaggerator; 2. Nyquist; 3. Majesto.

Scott Davenport, Bellarmine basketball coach: 1. Tom’s Ready; 2. Mohaymen; 3. Outwork.

Comment: “All three former D. Wayne Lukas assistants, in honor of Jeff (Lukas). #RacingGods.”

Joe Drape, New York Times: 1. Mor Spirit; 2. Mo Tom; 3. Nyquist.

Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports: 1. Outwork; 2. Nyquist; 3. Majesto.

Comment: “Go to the windows!”

Dick Gabriel, WKYT/WLAP, Lexington: 1. Mohaymen; 2. Exaggerator; 3. Brody’s Cause.

Lane Gold, Kentucky Derby notes team: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mor Spirit; 3. Exaggerator.

Marty McGee, Daily Racing Form: 1. Exaggerator; 2. Creator; 3. Brody’s Cause.

Kenny McPeek, trainer/Horse Races Now: 1. Nyquist; 2. Suddenbreakingnews; 3. Exaggerator.

Scott Padgett, Samford basketball coach/former UK star: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mor Spirit; 3. Exaggerator.

Jennie Rees, WAVE3/Horse Racing Radio Network: 1. Gun Runner; 2. Brody’s Cause; 3. Creator.

Dick Vitale, ESPN: 1. Exaggerator; 2. Nyquist; 3. Mohaymen.

Jeff Walz, Louisville women’s basketball coach: 1. Exaggerator; 2. Mo Tom; 3. Mor Spirit.

Comment: “All three are bound to finish out of the money. I’m the kiss of death at the track to a horse.”

Eric Crawford, WDRB Sports: 1. Nyquist; 2. Creator; 3. Brody’s Cause.

Comment: “None of these have beaten Nyquist before; I won't get off him now -- but Creator has blossomed into a significant threat if he can handle the Derby environment.”

Katie George, WDRB Sports: 1. Nyquist; 2. Mohaymen; 3. Mor Spirit.

Comment: “I’m giving Nyquist the respect I hope he deserves – and you can’t bet against the favorite.”

Tom Lane, WDRB Sports: 1.  Brody’s Cause; 2. Nyquist; 3. Tom’s Ready.

Comment: Dale Romans trainee has continued to blossom at Churchill Downs, earns first Derby triumph for local favorite.  First loss for Nyquist is a runner-up and Dallas Stewart hits the board again with another long shot in Tom’s Ready.”  

Mike Lacett, WDRB Sports: 1. Mohaymen; 2. Nyquist; 3. Creator.

Comment: “Don't get me wrong, Nyquist has what it takes. I just believe Team Mohaymen is hungrier following Florida derby debacle.”

John Lewis, WDRB Sports: 1. Nyquist; 2. Danzing Candy; 3. Mohaymen.

Comment: “I rarely pick the favorite but after the last couple of years and trainer Doug O'Neill's enthusiasm about him, I have to go with Nyquist.”

Rick Bozich, WDRB Sports: 1. Exaggerator; 2. Brody’s Cause; 3. Nyquist.

Comment: “I always pick who Dan Dakich, Dick Vitale and Marty McGee are picking. Always.”

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