Two-Year Old Picks Derby Winners

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LOUISVILLE, KY (The Spread) – The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and TheSpread.com decided to do a little something different with its picks this year.

Dylan, the son of TheSpread.com website owner, is getting into the family business early by trying his hand in the handicapping department.

“These Triple Crown races are such a crapshoot anyway,” said Michael Cash, who is Dylan’s father and TheSpread.com founder. “I figured why not get back to the basics and put all of the horses in a hat and have my son try and pull some winners.”

And that’s exactly what Cash did. Little Dylan sat in his living room and pulled three Kentucky Derby contenders out of a hat. No profiles. No race history. No pedigree information. Just one 2-year-old, a hat, and 20 horse names printed out on small pieces of paper.

“I guarantee he can’t do any worse than most of the horse racing touts out there.”

Maybe Cash is right.

The first name Dylan pulled was Take Charge Indy, whom according to oddsmakers is currently 12/1 to win the Kentucky Derby. A lot of bettors see value in Take Charge Indy because of his jockey Calvin Borel, who has won three of the last five Kentucky Derby races (2007 aboard Street Sense, 2009 with Mine that Bird, and 2010 aboard Super Saver). Take Charge Indy also drew a favorable post position on Wednesday, as he’ll come out of the No. 3 gate (which is perfect for Borel’s riding style, as he loves to hug the rail).

The second name Dylan pulled was Prospective, a 30/1 long shot who is coming off a sixth place finish at the Grade I Blue Grass on February 14. He also won the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 10 and finished second behind Battle Hardened at the Grade III Sam F. Davis.

The third and final name Dylan pulled was Dullahan, who is currently 8/1 to win the Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old colt is coming off a win at the Grade I Blue Grass on February 14 and also finished second at the Grade III Palm Beach on March 11. Dullahan drew the No. 5 post position on Wednesday.

“Like anyone else who works here we’ll see how he does and if he can hold his own we’ll bring him back for the Belmont and Preakness,” Cash said. “If he doesn’t, it’s going be back to the sandbox until he gets a little older.”

And how does Mom feel about Dylan getting into the world of handicapping?

“His Mom wasn’t in love with the idea at first,” said Cash. “I think she kept thinking about the Simpson’s episode where Homer makes Lisa help him bet on football games. But she came around when she saw how cute he was making his picks.”

Cute might not be the word that Mom and Dad use if Dylan nails the top 3 of Take Charge Indy, Prospective and Dullahan this Saturday.

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