Kentucky Derby field

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1. Daddy Long Legs
Odds: 30-1
Record, earnings: 5 races (3-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $1,294,030
Sire: Scat Daddy
Dam: Dreamy Maiden
Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Owner: Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
Breeder: Woodford Thoroughbreds LLC
Comment: European invader takes second trans-Atlantic flight to Louisville. More likely to be crawling at finish than flying.
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2. Optimizer
Odds: 50-1
Record, earnings: 9 races (1-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $184,708
Sire: English Channel
Dam: Indy Pick
Jockey: Jon Court
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Breeder: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Comment: Colt showed ability with fast-finishing second in Rebel. Other three efforts have been disappointing this year. Lukas seeking Derby win number five. Improbable.
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3. Take Charge Indy
Odds: 7-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (2-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $698,400
Sire: A.P. Indy
Dam: Take Charge Lady
Jockey: Calvin Borel
Trainer: Patrick Byrne
Owner: Chuck & Maribeth Sandford
Breeder: Eaton Sales
Comment: Florida Derby winner by premier sire A.P. Indy led all the way at Gulfstream. Likely to stalk this afternoon. Added plus is rider Borel, winner of three of last five Runs for Roses. Risky to disregard.
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4. Union Rags
Odds: 5-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (4-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $1,170,000
Sire: Dixie Union
Dam: Tempo
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Trainer: Michael Matz
Owner: Chadds Ford Stable
Breeder: Phyllis M. Wyeth
Comment: Massive colt has sparkling work over track. Barn less than thrilled with post draw, which almost guarantees traffic difficulties early. A definite threat with a clean trip, but that could be hard to come by.
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5. Dullahan
Odds: 11-1
Record, earnings: 8 races (2-wins, 2-place, 2-show); $855,000
Sire: Even the Score
Dam: Mining My Own
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Donegal Racing
Breeder: Phil Needham, Judy Needham and Bena Halecky
Comment: Colt’s two career victories have come on Keeneland synthetic. Blue Grass Stakes win impressive, but fact that colt pulled up immediately a concern.
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6. Bodemeister
Odds: 8-1
Record, earnings: 4 races (2-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $660,000
Sire: Empire Maker
Dam: Untouched Talent
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Zayat Stables
Breeder: Audley Farm Inc.
comment: Favorite in morning line, Baffert’s lightly raced colt will be making only fifth lifetime start, all this season. Free-running colt, a probable stalker here. A candidate to win, but just as possible that he’ll bounce.
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7. Rousing Sermon
Odds: 38-1
Record, earnings: 9 races (2-wins, 2-place, 4-show); $270,000
Sire: Lucky Pulpit
Dam: Rousing Again
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Larry and Marianne Williams, Tree Top Ranches
Breeder: Larry and Marianne Williams
comment: Most pastors don’t bet, a good thing considering this one’s possibilities. Would be a shocking surprise.
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8. Creative Cause
Odds: 17-1
Record, earnings: 8 races (4-wins, 4-place, 2-show); $836,000
Sire: Giant’s Causeway
Dam: Dream of Summer
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Mike Harrington
Owner: Heinz Steinmann
Breeder: James C. Weigel
comment: Dark-gray horse is jewel of consistency Hung a bit in BC Juvenile here last fall when third, beaten a length by Hansen. Nosed by I’ll Have Another in Santa Anita Derby. Colt with a chance at an attractive price.
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9. Trinniberg
Odds: 43-1
Record, earnings: 7 races (3-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $324,500
Sire: Teuflesberg
Dam: Bella Dorato
Jockey: Willie Martinez
Trainer: Bisnath Parboo
Owner: Shivananda Racing
Breeder: JM Stables Inc.
comment: Very speedy colt has never been more than 7 furlongs in seven career starts. Only chance is to open a daylight lead and then try to slow the pace down. Moment of glory likely to fade on far turn.
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10. Daddy Nose Best
Odds: 20-1
Record, earnings: 10 races (4-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $545,558
Sire: Scat Daddy
Dam: Follow Your Bliss
Jockey: Garrett Gomez
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Cathy and Bob Zollars
Breeder: Patricia Ann Elia Trust
comment: Sunland Park Derby winner has more experience on grass than dirt. Has solid connections in trainer Asmussen and jockey Gomez. Longshot with an outside chance.
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11. Alpha
Odds: 26-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (3-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $380,000
Sire: Bernardini
Dam: Munnaya
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Darley
comment: Shifty little colt definitely has pedigree that screams 10 furlongs. Game second in Wood Memorial despite rough trip. Will be much closer to the alpha than the omega of this bunch.
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12. Prospective
Odds: 52-1
Record, earnings: 8 races (4-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $367,327
Sire: Malibu Moon
Dam: Spirited Away
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: John C. Oxley
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
comment: Tampa Bay Derby winner was 13th and last in BC Juvenile last fall. Canadian record at 2 reminiscent of Mine That Bird. Faces extreme class test this afternoon. Unlikely to pass it.
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13. Went The Day Well
Odds: 5-1
Record, earnings: 5 races (2-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $282,000
Sire: Proud Citizen
Dam: Tiz Maie’s Day
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: Team Valor International and Mark Ford
Breeder: James Patrick Delaney
comment: Oddly-named colt has same connections as 2011 winner Animal Kingdom. Appears to be in the bloom of health. Dangerous.
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14. Hansen
Odds: 9-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (4-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $1,550,000
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Stormy Sunday
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Trainer: Mike Maker
Owner: Dr. Kendall Hansen & Sky Chai Racing
Breeder: Dr. Kendall Hansen
comment: Tenacious colt hung on here last year to win BC Juvenile and 2-year-old championship. Undefeated last year, but beaten in two of three this season.
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15. Gemologist
Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings: 4 races (4-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $703,855
Sire: Tiznow
Dam: Crystal Shard
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust
comment: Undefeated colt likes to run near the pace. Much to like, but whether he can relax off the pace an issue.
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16. El Padrino
Odds: 22-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (3-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $250,000
Sire: Pulpit
Dam: Enchanted Rock
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let’s Go Stable
Breeder: Emory A. Hamilton
comment: Pletcher second-stringer not without appeal despite fourth-place finish in Florida Derby. Pedigree is solid and stalking style might be helpful in traffic avoidance. Another one with an outside shot.
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17. Done Talking
Odds: 37-1
Record, earnings: 7 races (3-wins, 0-place, 2-show); $311,000
Sire: Broken Vow
Dam: Dixie Talking
Jockey: Sheldon Russell
Trainer: Hamilton Smith
Owner: Skeedattle Stables
Breeder: Skeedattle Associates
comment: Problem is, when will he be done running. Strong probabilities suggest no later than the head of the Downs’ long home stretch, aptly called “Agony Lane.”
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18. Sabercat
Odds: 46-1
Record, earnings: 8 races (3-wins, 0-place, 2-show); $701,429
Sire: Bluegrass Cat
Dam: Miner’s Blessing
Jockey: Corey Nakatani
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Lantern Hill Farm LLC, William J. Punk Jr. & Lighthouse Group LLC
comment: Top achievement is victory in Delta Jackpot. Will meet a different quality of horse today. A mid-pack finish about the best that can be anticipated.
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19. I'll Have Another
Odds: 22-1
Record, earnings: 5 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $601,000
Sire: Flower Alley
Dam: Arch’s Gal Edith
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Owner: J. Paul Reddam
Breeder: Harvey Clarke
comment: Blocky-built colt races as tough as he looks. Won Lewis Stakes on West Coast as monumental overlay and then gamely edged favored Creative Cause in Santa Anita Derby. Should be right there at the end.
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20. Liaison
Odds: 58-1
Record, earnings: 7 races (3-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $393,000
Sire: Indian Charlie
Dam: Galloping Gal
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Arnold Zetcher
Breeder: William A. Carl Estate
comment: Promising prospect from last year has not developed as hoped. Baffert second-stringer appears to be misplaced in this one.


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