Kentucky Derby 2010 Contenders: Who Do the Experts Like?

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Kentucky Derby 2010 Contenders: Who Do the Experts Like?

The inside guys hate this race. They feel like this year's Kentucky Derby is the weirdest Triple Crown race to handicap in years. Why?

Start with the dropouts. In the course of 72 hours, you lost the duh pick, Eskendereya. Everybody wants to pick a Todd Pletcher horse because everyone thinks this trainer is due in a Wayne Lukas kind of way—just waiting for the breakout.

Then the field gained a pain-in-the-butt pick, Devil May Care. She's trying to be the first filly to win the Derby in 22 years. The pros think this is the year of the filly in general throughout the sport. Plus, it's a Pletcher horse.

Third factor is that the horse that became the favorite, Lookin at Lucky, drew the dreaded first post.

As if that wasn't enough, there's now a monsoon expected to hit Churchill Downs that could turn a fast pace into a mud bath.

The result of all this late flux is a bevy of varying opinions on who's going to take the win Saturday.

There's no consensus among the experts we're highlighting—Jay Cronley from ESPN/Daily Racing Form, handicapper Jake Thompson, NTRA.com blogger Bob Ehalt, handicapper Mike Joyce and CBSSports.com and Horse Racing Nation.com analyst David Crone.

Here's the horses the "big guns" are talking up, including the one horse everyone seems to want to love.

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