Take in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino! Enjoy convenient advanced wagering, a full simulcast race schedule, official Derby merchandise, live Standardbred racing and various entertainment acts throughout the day. In case our in-house handicappers haven’t provided you with enough information to pick your pony for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, we have comprised a list of Derby picks throughout the various departments at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Have fun and Good Luck!
Brian Elmore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing—#15 Gemologist—This is the horse with the best chance, I don’t know if he is the best horse in the race but I think he is in the best position to win this race. He’s a legitimate contender and I like where he is on the track.
Jahnae Erpenbach, Vice President and General Manager of Gaming—#8 Creative Cause—What’s not to love about a horse with a great name?
Todd Berendji, Director of Casino Operations–#13 Went The Day Well—I chose this horse because my smart and pretty friend told me to, and I want to show her I can do what I am told!
Becky Young, Director of Marketing—#13 Went The Day Well—It’s hard not to pick Take Charge Indy but I have a good feeling about this horse.
Clint McKenzie—Casino Non-Gaming Operations—#3 Take Charge Indy—He ran a great race to win the Florida Derby at Gulfstream, he is sired by A P Indy, a champion stallion. On top this trip is jockey Calvin Borel, “King of the Kentucky Derby, who has won the Derby three times in last five years. I like the name and I really like the odds.
Grant Scharton, Director of Public Relations—#15 Gemologist—Aside from the fact that this horse is undefeated, it has Todd Pletcher/WinStar Farm in its corner. You gotta love this one!
Cliff Fraser, Race Marketing Manager—#11 Alpha— There is a lot of early speed in the race and he should be able to stalk the early pace and take advantage late in the race to get the win.
Rachel McLaughlin, Race Commentator—# 14 Hansen—I picked this horse as my Derby pick before our Road to the Derby contest started a few months ago. I really like the way this horse races each time out and I also like his trainer.
Jamie Krueger, Graphic Designer—#8 Creative Cause- He’s had a decent race history so far in 2012 being in the top three of his races this year and I’m partial to that name since I’m a creative person.
Kim Stalhiem, Horse Identifier and Stall Superintendent— #4 Union Rags—He runs well over an off track and you can’t leave Michael Matz and Julien Leparoux out.
Gene Ciscell, Director of Information Technology—#10 Daddy Nose Best—I like the horse because the 10 post has the highest win percentage in the Derby, and I also like the trainer.
Neal Stalhiem, Outrider—#3 Take Charge Indy—He runs well over an off track and I think the weather is calling for rain.
Gayla Julian & Krista Clements, Benefits Manager and HR Generalist—#3 Take Charge Indy—Calvin Borel has won the Derby multiple times and he is our friend.
MaTeka McBurrows & Dustin Bland, Human Resource Clerks, –#10 Daddy Nose Best—Steve Asmussen is a great trainer & we are a little “nosey” ourselves!
Gavin Asbury, Marketing Intern—#19 I’ll Have Another—I chose this horse because Doug O’Neill is one of the better trainers in California, his jockey is coming off a great summer season in Canada. The owner Paul Reddem is an E-entrepreneur who still participates heavily in the day to day operations of his stable. Mario and I’ll Have Another have also had two great performances recently in Santa Anita. I feel like this a perfect pairing of a quality horse, trainer, jockey brought together as an all-star team. And of course, I’m always down to have another!