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James Scully

James Scully is a passionate sports analyst who grew up traveling to various sporting events around the country. James follows the NFL and NCAA, but also plays golf and other sports as time allows. Whether it be pro or college football, basketball, baseball…James can share solid insight with actionable information. When James isn’t watching sports, he can be found handicapping horse racing and playing golf. Twitter: @James_Scully111

2021 Preakness: Brisnet Speed Rating Report
2021 Preakness: Brisnet Speed Rating Report

2021-05-13T15:00:31.227ZJames Scully

A 10-horse field is set for Saturday’s 146th running of the $1 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. Let's preview the Brisnet Speed ratings
Scully's spot plays for Churchill Downs on May 8
Scully's spot plays for Churchill Downs on May 8

2021-05-07T21:36:28.842ZJames Scully

Saturday marks the third weekend of live racing at Churchill Downs. I will give my thoughts on the Mamzelle, and tab some horses of interest on the undercard.
2021 Kentucky Derby: Brisnet Speed Rating Report
2021 Kentucky Derby: Brisnet Speed Rating Report

2021-04-25T14:07:39.599ZJames Scully

The Kentucky Derby is the most analyzed race in North America, and Brisnet Speed ratings serve as a useful handicapping tool for the big event.
Opening-night spot plays for April 24 at Churchill Downs
Opening-night spot plays for April 24 at Churchill Downs

2021-04-23T20:44:15.698ZJames Scully

The spring meet at Churchill Downs begins Saturday evening with a 10-race program, highlighted by the $150,000 William Walker S. for three-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. First post is 6 p.m. ET
Kentucky Derby Context: Essential Quality
Kentucky Derby Context: Essential Quality

2021-04-21T18:32:20.835ZJames Scully

Essential Quality will take some beating as the Kentucky Derby favorite. They gray colt exhibited his will to win in the final prep race, determinedly getting up by a neck in the Blue Grass S. (G2) to remain unbeaten.
Kentucky Derby Context: Highly Motivated
Kentucky Derby Context: Highly Motivated

2021-04-21T18:09:25.608ZJames Scully

TwinSpires.com horse racing analyst James Scully attended his first Kentucky Derby in 1981. Along with a brief profile of this year’s contenders, he is providing some historical context.
Kentucky Derby Context: Super Stock
Kentucky Derby Context: Super Stock

2021-04-19T20:30:26.611ZJames Scully

Super Stock broke through in the Arkansas Derby (G1), earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby field with a 12-1 upset at Oaklawn Park. Read this and the full series by James Scully on TwinSpires Edge!
Kentucky Derby Context: Hidden Stash
Kentucky Derby Context: Hidden Stash

2021-04-19T20:10:37.788ZJames Scully

A rallying second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Hidden Stash did not receive the right set-up and experienced a troubled trip finishing fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G2) at Keeneland. His late kick could prove more effective in the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby Context: O Besos
Kentucky Derby Context: O Besos

2021-04-19T01:10:55.529ZJames Scully

To make the Kentucky Derby field, O Besos needed a top three finish in the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2). He was the only contestant to make an impact from off the pace in an eight-horse field, rallying well for third.
Kentucky Derby Context: Soup and Sandwich
Kentucky Derby Context: Soup and Sandwich

2021-04-19T01:10:12.783ZJames Scully

Soup and Sandwich secured a Kentucky Derby bid by holding for second in the Florida Derby (G1). The gray colt will make his fourth career start in the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby Context: Midnight Bourbon
Kentucky Derby Context: Midnight Bourbon

2021-04-18T22:24:09.844ZJames Scully

Midnight Bourbon has never finished out of the money from seven career starts. The hard-trying colt earned points in five consecutive qualifying races prior to the Kentucky Derby, including a victory in the Lecomte S. (G3) at Fair Grounds.