Kentucky Derby 2017 predictions made by A.I.; Hence is a ‘wise-guy pick,’ and more: Derby roundup
The 2017 Kentucky Derby lacks a prohibitive favorite, which opens the door for unique betting strategies and sleeper picks. One “wise-guy pick” has emerged as a darling for seasoned gamblers, and several others have potential to crash trifecta and superfecta bets.
Looking to sift though flawed human analysis for data-driven Kentucky Derby predictions? Tech Republic ran picks made by the Unanimous A.I. platform, which is must-read information. Last year, Unanimous A.I. nailed the Kentucky Derby superfecta exactly. Its top four picks for 2017 can be found here.
Teresa Ganaro has a basic betting guide for the Kentucky Derby, in which she says she hears Hence is a “wise-guy pick.” She corrects and flat-out calls the 15-to-1 shot a “wise” pick and calls his form “tremendous” coming into the race. Ganaro has plenty of other good information, as well.
Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation agreed with the “wise-guy” assessment of Hence and laid out the ideal path to victory for every horse in the Kentucky Derby field.
Christine Oser of Horse Racing Nation has a look at the latest Kentucky Derby weather forecast, which has potential to impact Saturday’s main event. Showers are expected at Churchill Downs in the morning and perhaps later in the day.
Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hesh was blown away by Irish War Cry in person, which helped shape his early projected top four.
My first morning seeing Irish War Cry in person.
My reaction: “Wow.”
— Marcus Hersh (@DRFHersh) May 2, 2017
Dana Byerly of Hello Race Fans offers a good introduction to each horse in the Kentucky Derby along with a brief note on how they can be expected to run on a wet track.
Looking for less conventional betting options for the 2017 Kentucky Derby? US Racing has a full menu of prop bets from winning time to margin of victory and whether the race winner will go wire to wire.
Newsday’s Ed McNamara sought the opinion of one horse racing expert on the Kentucky Derby and got an honest, though not particularly useful, response. California-based Gary Young talked about how the guesswork involved in judging horses based on pre-Derby prep.
The 2017 Kentucky Derby field has more questions than answers after an iffy prep season, writes Jay Privman for Daily Racing Form and ESPN. There were plenty of twists and turns on the way to the Kentucky Derby, according to Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker.
Trainer Mark Casse is bullish on State of Honor, not that he would say otherwise, according to Dan Ralph of the Hamilton Spectator. Casse said the 30-to-1 shot is a big horse with “a big, big heart.”
David McCracken lays out darkhorse contenders to watch for Bleacher Report. McCracken closes out his piece with a projected top three horses.
Former NFL wide receiver Wes Welker made a scene by handing out $100 bills three years ago at the Kentucky Derby. He talked this week about why he did it, saying cash was easier than requests for photos and autographs.
Wes Welker just handed everyone $100. pic.twitter.com/mtU9eOMonx
— Tilt Rook (@Jeff_Novak) May 3, 2014