140th running of the Kentucky Derby

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Candy Boy
Odds: 16-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (2-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $380,000; 30
Sire: Candy Ride
Dam: She’s An Eleven
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Trainer: John Sadler
Owner: C R K Stable LLC
Breeder: Lee Searing & Susan Searing
Comment: Californian has only won two of seven and was well beaten by California Chrome in Santa Anita Derby. Has been visually impressive in mornings here, but would be a surprise.
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Odds: 26-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $440,000; 54
Sire: Henny Hughes
Dam: Sea Gift
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Tanma Corporation
Breeder: Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines and Marjac Farms
Comment: Colt following Mine That Bird’s route to Louisville through New Mexico. Sunland Park Derby winner lone hope of stable because of scratch of Hoppertunity. Not likely to handle step up in class.
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California Chrome
Odds: 5-2
Record, earnings, points: 10 races (6-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $780,250; 150
Sire: Lucky Pulpit
Dam: Love the Chase
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owners: Steve and Carolyn Coburn and Perry and Denise Martin
Breeder: Martin Perry and Steve Coburn
Comment: Flashy colt has reeled off four in a row to earn Derby favoritism. Unquestionably the King of California, but facing better here. This model might have plenty chrome, but not enough engine.
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Commanding Curve (left)
Odds: 25-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (1-wins, 1-place, 2-show); $104,000; 20
Sire: Master Command
Dam: Mother
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: T.F. Van Meter
Comment: Named for an off-speed pitch. Too much heat in Derby for this one.
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Dance With Fate
Odds: 15-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (3-wins, 3-place, 0-show); $600,000; 108
Sire: Two Step Salsa
Dam: Flirting with Fate
Jockey: Corey Nakatani
Trainer: Peter Eurton
Owners: Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC
Breeder: Best A Luck Farm LLC
Comment: Most of experience has been on turf or synthetic. Won Blue Grass Stakes last out and finished impressively. Doubt he can translate that form to Churchill Downs dirt.
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Odds: 9-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (2-wins, 0-place, 2-show); $620,000; 100
Sire: Street Boss
Dam: Champagne Royale
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Breeder: Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm
Comment: One of four for trainer Pletcher and his best shot. Arkansas Derby winner has been impressive during morning exercise. Might turn out to be the boss.
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General a Rod
Odds: 28-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (2-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $180,000; 40
Sire: Roman Ruler
Dam: Dynamite Eyes
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Michael Maker
Owners: Starlight Racing and Skychai Racing LLC
Breeder: Hare Forest Farm
Comment: Colt certainly walks strangely behind. Nonetheless, has been a factor every time he’s run. Maker’s third entrant should be near the front, but not sure he can stay the trip.
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Harry’s Holiday
Odds: 40-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (3-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $105,066; 20
Sire: Harlan’s Holiday
Dam: Daisy Mason
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Trainer: Mike Maker
Owners: Skychai Racing LLC, Sand Dollar Stable, LLC, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner
Breeder: Brereton C. Jones and B. Ned Jones
Comment: Maker’s second contestant. Harry would prefer vacation to this work.
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Intense Holiday
Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (2-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $527,500; 93
Sire: Harlan’s Holiday
Dam: Intensify
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Starlight Racing
Breeder: Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm
Comment: Louisiana-prepped Pletcherite has a strange way of changing leads in his races. Switch is not simultaneous front and back. Still usually runs well. Possible.
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Medal Count
Odds: 16-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $226,500; 40
Sire: Dynaformer
Dam: Brisquette
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Spendthrift Farm
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Comment: By Barbaro’s sire, colt has followed pattern of his pedigree by racing best on grass and synthetic. Last two on dirt have not been encouraging. Unlikely.
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Ride On Curlin
Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings, points: 9 races (2-wins, 2-place, 4-show); $348,229; 55
Sire: Curlin
Dam: Magical Ride
Jockey: Calvin Borel
Trainer: William G. Gowan
Owner: Daniel J. Dougherty
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust - 2008
Comment: Outside post not a plus for hard-trying colt. Would need the perfect trip to prevail.
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Odds: 17-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (5-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $640,000; 100
Sire: Noble Causeway
Dam: Little Indian Girl
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Rick Violette Jr.
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Breeder: My Meadowview LLC
Comment: New York-bred colt won first five, but was unable to match Wicked Strong’s surge in Wood Memorial. Probable stalker is a horse at a price with a chance.
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Odds: 31-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (2-wins, 1-place, 2-show); $470,738; 52
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Free Spin
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Comment: Colt many will be pulling against because of his connections. Has regressed in past two starts in Arkansas. Probably not.
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Uncle Sigh (right)
Odds: 22-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (1-wins, 3-place, 0-show); $180,000; 24
Sire: Indian Charlie
Dam: Cradlesong
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Owners: Wounded Warrior Stables and Anthony C. Robertson
Breeder: Milfer Farm Inc.
Comment: Game, consistent colt taken out of preferred running style in Wood by poor break. Ideal post position for a speed horse. Distance capacity a question mark.
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Vicar’s In Trouble
Odds: 22-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (3-wins, 0-place, 2-show); $760,000; 120
Sire: Into Mischief
Dam: Vibrant
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Trainer: Mike Maker
Owners: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Comment: So is trainer Maker and rider Napravnik. Derby’s too long for this one.
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Odds: 40-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (2-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $191,666; 20
Sire: Pioneerof the Nile
Dam: Kettle’s Sister
Jockey: Joe Rocco Jr.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owners: WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing
Breeder: Machmer Hall
Comment: Another Pletcherite. Nothing in his past performances to suggest him as a Derby winner. Trainer really reaching here.
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We Miss Artie
Odds: 24-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (3-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $524,000; 60
Sire: Artie Schiller
Dam: Athena’s Gift
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owners: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeder: Richard L. Lister
Comment: Pletcher’s second entrant has a grass pedigree and has been more proficient on surfaces other than dirt. Likely to be found near the back of this pack.
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Wicked Strong
Odds: 8-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (2-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $630,000; 102
Sire: Hard Spun
Dam: Moyne Abbey
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Trainer: James A. Jerkens
Owner: Centennial Farms
Breeder: William F. Lynn
Comment: Son of ’07 Derby second, Hard Spun, finished with a rush to win Wood Memorial. Might be able to drop in behind speedsters and avoid punishment. Should be flying down the lane. Prime contender.
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Wildcat Red
Odds: 14-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (4-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $590,000; 90
Sire: D’Wildcat
Dam: Racene
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Jose Garoffalo
Owner: Honors Stable Corp.
Breeder: Moreau Bloodstock International, Inc. and Winter Racing Enterprise I
Comment: Dead game colt has finished first in five of seven. Pedigree suggests 10 furlongs will be a challenge, but dangerous to throw him out.


California Chrome is the favorite for the first leg of the Triple Crown, but 18 other horses and their connections are looking to receive roses early Saturday evening.

Post time: 6:24 p.m. Saturday

Where: Churchill Downs

TV: NBC-Ch. 26

What’s next: The second leg of the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes on May 17.

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