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The Turf vs Tech Handicapping Challenge is a public tournament featuring some of the best handicappers from the world of Thoroughbred racing taking on some of the best and brightest from the tech world. Many of racing's new fans are building their own companies or working on the next great mobile app and we thought it would be great to see what happens when they take on established handicappers in some of America's best races. 

Stay tuned as this group of tech all-stars take on some of America's most recognizable handicappers in a winner-takes-all battle that pits the new school against the old school.

Turf

Matt Bernier

Matt -Bernier

Matt Bernier is one of the most highly regarded young handicappers in America. He was featured on the “Horseplayers” reality television show on Esquire Network.

VS

Tech

Nadeem Kassam

Nadeem

Nadeem Kassam is an entrepreneur, husband and father who has recently discovered horse racing and just how awesome it really is. The founder of Biobeats and Basis Science, which he recently sold to Intel for more than $100-million, Kassam is not a gambler but is very interesting in learning more about Thoroughbreds. This will be his first Kentucky Derby.  

GAME ON

This week our two handicappers will have a $100 bankroll with which to use on the $1-million Kentucky Derby, Race 11, Saturday, Churchill Downs.

BERNIER

It's the first Saturday in May, and that means one thing and one thing only - it's time for the Kentucky Derby! I'll admit I had some of the wind knocked out of my sails with the defection of Hoppertunity due to a bruised foot, but the show must go on! California Chrome will be the heavy favorite in the 140th edition of the Run for the Roses, and rightfully so ... but we're looking to make a big score here. He'll be used - but only defensively. I'll be keying around a horse who's 20-to-1 on Mike Battaglia's morning line.

The pace figures to be a hot one, so I'm going to be looking for a horse to come from behind and make one run. Although his best races to date have come on synthetic surfaces and turf, I'm going with #14 Medal Count on top overall and as my "key" horse in exotics. Being by Dynaformer, sire of 2006 Derby winner Barbaro, out of an Unbridled's Song mare, Medal Count will be one of the few in the field that will relish the 10-furlong distance of the Derby, and all indications are he's training like a machine on the Churchill Downs surface. Dale Romans has come out and said that Medal Count is/has been his best shot at winning the Kentucky Derby - high praise from a trainer who has saddled the likes of Sharp Humor and Shackleford.

In the immediate aftermath of the Arkansas Derby, I wasn't impressed with the race as a whole - how could anyone be when a 41-to-1 shot wins like a 4-to-5 shot should? Upon further review ... I was wrong. I think Danza ran a MASSIVE race, and I wouldn't be shocked to see him put forth another huge effort Saturday afternoon.

Realistically, if California Chrome runs back to his Santa Anita Derby and can handle the added ground, then the rest of the field is running for second. That is a big IF, though. He's got immense talent; I just think there are a fair amount of questions regarding a horse that is going to be 3-to-1 in a 20-horse field.

The bets:

$20 to win: #14 Medal Count = $20

$4 exacta part wheel: 14 with 4,5,12,16,18,20 = $24

$1 exacta part wheel: 4,5,12,16,18,20 with 14 = $6

$.50 trifecta part wheel: 14 with 4,5,12,20 with 4,5,12,16,18,20 = $10

$.50 trifecta part wheel: 4,5,12,20 with 14 with 4,5,12,16,18,20 = $10

$.50 trifecta part wheel: 4,5,12,20 with 4,5,12,16,18,20 with 14 = $10

$.50 trifecta part wheel: 4,5,12,16,18,20 with 4,5,12,20 with 14 = $10

$.50 trifecta part wheel: 4,5,12,16,18,20 with 14 with 4,5,12,20 = $10

TOTAL: $100

KASSAM

$7 win-place-show: #12 Dance With Fate ($21)

$7 win-place-show: #6 Samraat ($21)

$7 win-place-show: #14 Medal Count ($21)

$5 win: #4 Danza

$1 exacta box: 5,6,12,14,18 (California ChromeSamraatDance With Fate, Medal Count, Candy Boy) ($20)

$1 trifecta box: 6,12,14 (SamraatDance With Fate, Medal Count) ($6)

$1 trifecta box: 5,6,14 (California Chrome, SamraatMedal Count) ($6)

TOTAL: $95

$2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

Saturday, Churchill Downs, Race 11, Post Time 6:24

1 ¼ miles, dirt, 3-year-olds

Television: NBC coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET

P#

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

ML Odds

1

1

Vicar's in Trouble

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker

20-1

2

2

Harry's Holiday

Corey Lanerie

Mike Maker

50-1

3

3

Uncle Sigh

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Gary Contessa

30-1

4

4

Danza

Joe Bravo

Todd Pletcher

8-1

5

5

California Chrome

Victor Espinoza

Art Sherman

5-2

6

6

Samraat

Jose Ortiz

Rick Violette

15-1

7

7

We Miss Artie

Javier Castellano

Todd Pletcher

50-1

8

8

General a Rod

Joel Rosario

Mike Maker

15-1

9

9

Vinceremos

Joe Rocco Jr.

Todd Pletcher

30-1

10

10

Wildcat Red

Luis Saez

Jose Garoffalo

15-1

11

Hoppertunity

SCRATCHED

12

11

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton

20-1

13

12

Chitu

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

20-1

14

13

Medal Count

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

20-1

15

14

Tapiture

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Steve Asmussen

12-1

16

15

Intense Holiday

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

8-1

17

16

Commanding Curve

Shaun Bridgmohan

Dallas Stewart

50-1

18

17

Candy Boy

Gary Stevens

John Sadler

15-1

19

18

Ride On Curlin

Calvin Borel

William Gowan

15-1

20

19

Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

Jimmy Jerkens

6-1

21

20

Pablo Del Monte

SCRATCHED

NOTE: The column "P#" denotes the saddlecloth number the horse will wear as well as the number that will be used for betting purposes. The column "PP" denotes the starting gate post position from which the Derby runner with start.

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