We're just a couple hours away from post time at the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. The Woodford Turf Classic is the only race left on the card before the Derby, and the experts have narrowed their picks for the 138th running. While many rave about the ability of Bodemeister, the field is extremely deep and handicappers' predictions have varied throughout the week. A collection of some picks and plays below:
Matt Gardner of SB Nation:
The majority of my plays on Saturday are going to involve putting Dullahan and Alpha in the top spot, with Union Rags, Creative Cause, I'll Have Another, and El Padrino on the bottom. In Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers, I'll use all of those horses, along with Bodemeister.
Jared Christopher of And Down The Stretch They Come:
The horses lock eyes and drive to the wire. Creative Cause hits the wire a neck in front with Gemologist and Bodemeister in a photo finish for second. Hansen hangs on for fourth.
Gene Menez of Sports Illustrated:
2. Union Rags
4. Daddy Nose Best
Pat Forde of Yahoo!:
2. Take Charge Indy
4. Union Rags
Jay Cronley of ESPN:
1. Union Rags
2. Creative Cause
4. El Padrino