For the past two years, our poster known as “24Emmy” (Keith Ingis in real life) beat the average scores of our Experts predicting the Oscars and Emmys, but now he’s distinguished himself as a prescient prognosticator of a different kind of horse race – a real one. Ingis won our contest to predict the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
His prizes: VIP tickets to attend next year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic plus he gets to decide which charity will receive a $10,000 donation. He chose Stand Up to Cancer.
Ingis correctly picked Mucho Macho Man to win. He also foresaw the next two horses to finish the race, too, but he flipped their order. Instead of listing Will Take Charge and Declaration of War in the show and place positions, he predicted Declaration of War would finish second followed by Will Take Charge.
What was his secret method of race analysis?
“I predicted Mucho Macho Man for a couple reasons,” he says. “The horse finished in second place last year. Gary L. Stevens is one of the all time great jockeys. He has won each leg of the Triple Crown three times (winning the Preakness this year). I also liked his character in HBO’s ‘Luck.’
“As for predicting Declaration of War and Will Take Charge to finish in the top three, I went by simply their names. Mucho Macho Man will declare war on the other horses and take charge of the race.”