The first rule of wagering, whether it’s on a game, a race or at the table, is to stay within your means. When I’m picking ponies, I always leave myself a budget. I’m going to give myself $1,500 today. Remember, it’s not about how much you bet, it’s about picking winners.

I’ve got picks for six races, including the Derby, on Saturday. Let’s get to it!

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Race 6: The Humana Distaff 

Besides the Derby horses, the buzz the whole week has been Ivy Bell (+500). She’s been working really well at Churchill in preparation for The Humana Distaff Grade 1.

After being privately purchased, she won easily in her first race under the care of Todd Pletcher. She has to step up here to get to the winner’s circle, but I think she will.

Pick: $100 No. 3 Ivy Bell to win.

Race 7: The Distaff Turf Mile

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