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2017 Kentucky Derby Picks, Exactas & Trifectas (Free Preview)

Horse handicapping guru Frank Taddeo is ON POINT with his Kentucky Derby Picks. He thinks we could see HUGE payoffs in this year's Derby similar to what we saw with Giacomo in 2005 where the winner paid $102.50, and we saw a $2 exacta worth $9,914 and $2 Trifecta pay $133,134.00. Let's get a repeat!

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When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: Churchill Downs
Time: 6:34 p.m. EST post time

Top Choices

Favorite Longshots

As of publication, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby looks like it will be run on a sloppy off track. As we often see on these types of track conditions---handicapping formulas fly out the window. With expected inclement weather, I see value in tossing both the morning line favorite #14 Classic Empire & the 2nd choice #5 Always Dreaming from any top exotic tickets. I know this could come back to haunt me as we have seen the post time favorite win the Derby for four straight years. I just can't honestly look myself in the mirror if I allow these two to burn my money at short prices on such an unpredictable surface.

My top choices

Three of the five top choices have been removed from this list.

#15 McCracken: 4-for-5 lifetime, only missing the winner's circle in the Blue Grass finishing 3rd behind one of my favorite longshots #19 Practical Joke. I think we can toss that effort as it was his first coming off the shelf with an ankle injury. His morning workouts have been stellar & it wouldn't shock me at all to see him go off as the post-time favorite.

#10 Gunnevera: A deep closer who could be able to pick up the pieces if we see a huge speed meltdown on the front end. Javier Castellano could have this boy---who has hit the board in 7 out of 9 career starts-- flying late if he can find a lane and the pieces up top fall apart.

My two favorite longshot plays

One of the two longshots have been removed from this list.

#19 Practical Joke: Has been no less than 3rd in 6 straight races and comes in solid off his 2nd place finish in the Bluegrass. Many will question if he has distance limitations, but I have faith in trainer Chad Brown having this consistent colt in top form even from the bad post position. I envision seeing upwards of 40-1 as too much value for me to pass up on.

My $$$ Plays

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