2016 Kentucky Derby Field

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1. Trojan Nation

Odds: 43-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (0-wins, 1-place, 3-show); $190,000; 40
Sire: Street Cry
Dam: Storm Song
Jockey: Aaron Gryder
Trainer: Patrick Gallagher
Owners: Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sones
Breeder: Aaron Sones
Comment: Colt still a maiden after six starts, but missed the winner’s circle by only a head in Wood Memorial. Has 10-furlong pedigree, but unlikely to set off rejoicing among Southern Cal fan base.
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2. Suddenbreakingnews

Odds: 24-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (3-wins, 4-place, 0-show); $637,000; 50
Sire: Mineshaft
Dam: Uchitel
Jockey: Luis Quinonez
Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel
Owners: Samuel F. Henderson
Breeder: Branch Equine, LLC
Comment: Fast-finishing second in Arkansas Derby, benefitted from torrid fractions. May not get same pace scenario today. Will need break in traffic to make the news.
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3. Creator

Odds: 16-1
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (2-wins, 4-place, 1-show); $690,000; 110
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Morena
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Owners: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Broodmares I LLC
Comment: Arkansas Derby winner on the rise after taking six outings to break maiden. Dead closer will need creative ride to avoid interference. Brisk pace would also help. Not impossible.
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4. Mo Tom

Odds: 18-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (3-wins, 0-place, 3-show); $288,326; 32
Sire: Uncle Mo
Dam: Caroni
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Owners: G M B Racing
Breeder: Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Farm
Comment: In hands of sharp trainer Amoss, colt was blocked in middle of strong moves in last two. Trip handicappers will be on board. Longshot with a chance.
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5. Gun Runner

Odds: 9-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (4-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $849,200; 151
Sire: Candy Ride
Dam: Quiet Giant
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm
Breeder: Besilu Stables, LLC
Comment: Asmussen trainee has stalking style well-fitted for this Derby. Should be in position to make his run when called upon. Dangerous.
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6. My Man Sam

Odds: 18-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (1-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $200,000; 40
Sire: Trappe Shot
Dam: Lauren Byrd
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owners: Sheep Pond Partners
Breeder: Jay Bligh
Comment: Has never beaten winners, but was a fast-closing runner-up in Blue Grass. Pedigree a bit light for 10 furlongs. Doubtful.
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7. Oscar Nominated

Odds: 37-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (3-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $321,360; 50
Sire: Kitten’s Joy
Dam: Devine Actress
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Trainer: Michael Maker
Owners: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Breeder: Mrs. Jerry Amerman
Comment: Colt owned and bred by Eclipse-Award winning Ramsey family will try to emulate 2011 winner Animal Kingdom by winning Derby in dirt track debut. Nomination not likely to produce a trophy.
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8. Lani

Odds: 27-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $1,300,119; 100
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Heavenly Romance
Jockey: Yukata Take
Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga
Owners: Koji Maeda
Breeder: North Hills Co. Limited
Comment: Japanese connections seeking roses with invader from Dubai. Serious stamina influences in bottom of pedigree, but lacks performance credentials of previous invaders. Will be long trip home.
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9. Destin

Odds: 18-1
Record, earnings, points: 5 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $338,000; 51
Sire: Giant’s Causeway
Dam: Dream of Summer
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owners: Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Breeder: James C. Weigel & Taylor Made Stallions Inc.
Comment: Son of European star Giant’s Causeway hasn’t raced in eight weeks. Became champ at Tampa Bay Downs, but probably won’t do as well at Churchill.
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10. Whitmore

Odds: 34-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (2-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $400,000; 44
Sire: Pleasantly Perfect
Dam: Melody’s Spirit
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Ron Moquett
Owners: Robert V. LaPenta, Harry T. Rosenblum and Southern Springs Stables
Breeder: John Liviakis
Comment: Useful gelding would probably be more comfortable in a non-winners of three allowance event. Son of Pleasantly Perfect unlikely to feel that way at Derby’s conclusion.
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11. Exaggerator

Odds: 5-1
Record, earnings, points: 9 races (4-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $1,628,000; 126
Sire: Curlin
Dam: Dawn Raid
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux
Owners: Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC
Breeder: Joseph B. Murphy
Comment: Extremely impressive in Santa Anita Derby victory. Beyer-figure disciples will be all over this one. No exaggeration to call him a prime contender.
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12. Tom’s Ready

Odds: 41-1
Record, earnings, points: 9 races (1-wins, 4-place, 0-show); $270,670; 44
Sire: More Than Ready
Dam: Goodbye Stranger
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr.
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owners: G M B Racing
Breeder: Blackstone Farm LLC
Comment: Maybe, but for what? Trainer Stewart has destroyed tons of exotic wagers by saddling longshots to finish second in two of past three Derbies. A reach, but he could do it again.
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13. Nyquist

Odds: 2-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (7-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $3,289,000; 130
Sire: Uncle Mo
Dam: Seeking Gabrielle
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Owners: Reddam Racing LLC
Breeder: Summerhill Farm
Comment: Undefeated colt in hands of connections of 2012 champ, I’ll Have Another, is deserving favorite. Pedigree suggests mile and a quarter could be a step too far. Adversaries are hoping.
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14. Mohaymen

Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (5-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $807,850; 80
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Justwhistledixie
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owners: Shadwell Stable
Breeder: Clearsky Farms
Comment: Son of top sire Tapit was 4-5 to beat Nyquist and others in Florida Derby, but flopped. Been the winning favorite in all of his other starts. Fans will finally get a price today. Certainly a major threat.
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15. Outwork

Odds: 28-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $660,000; 120
Sire: Uncle Mo
Dam: Nonna Mia
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owners: Repole Stable
Breeder: Repole Stable Inc.
Comment: Lightly raced colt barely prevailed in Wood Memorial against undistinguished competition. Visually impressive on the track this week, but will be severely tested for stamina. Hard to see him working out a successful result.
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16. Shagaf

Odds: 71-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (3-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $240,000; 50
Sire: Bernardini
Dam: Muhaawara
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owners: Shadwell Stable
Breeder: Shadwell Farm LLC
Comment: Well-bred colt from barn of Chad Brown is undefeated on a fast track. Another stalker with preferred running style for race in which pace is a mystery. Possible, but far from probable.
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17. Mor Spirit

Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (3-wins, 4-place, 0-show); $616,800; 84
Sire: Eskendereya
Dam: Im a Dixie Girl
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owners: Michael Lund Petersen
Breeder: Elkstone Group LLC
Comment: Trainer Baffert and jockey Stevens extremely dangerous to disregard. Consistent colt never worse than second in seven tries and projects as a mid-packer in early stages. Contender at a price.
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18. Majesto

Odds: 67-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (1-wins, 2-place, 2-show); $190,001; 40
Sire: Tiznow
Dam: Unacloud
Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Owners: Grupo 7C Racing Stable
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Comment: Took five tries to win before chasing Nyquist home in Florida Derby. Nothing majestic about this one.
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19. Brody’s Cause

Odds: 22-1
Record, earnings, points: 6 races (3-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $1,100,000; 114
Sire: Giant’s Causeway
Dam: Sweet Breanna
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owners: Albaugh Family Stable
Breeder: Gabriel Duignan, William Arvin, Jr. & Petaluma Bloodstock
Comment: Needed race in Tampa off the layoff and accelerated sharply to win Blue Grass. Romans-trained colt has the class, but outside post disadvantageous.
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20. Danzing Candy

Odds: 33-1
Record, earnings, points: 4 races (3-wins, 0-place, 0-show); $290,000; 60
Sire: Twirling Candy
Dam: Talkin and Singing
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Clifford W. Sise Jr.
Owners: Halo Farms, Jim Bashor and Dianne Bashor
Breeder: Halo Farms
Comment: Probable pace setter will have to scat from gate to clear all inside him and get desired rail position. Wire-to-wire win would be an upset, but not a stunner.


Nyquist is putting his undefeated record on the line as the wagering favorite in the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

Twenty 3-year-olds are poised to run the 1¼ miles at Churchill Downs, where a year ago American Pharoah began his charge to the sport’s first Triple Crown in 37 years. Post time is 6:34 p.m. today; the race will be broadcast on NBC-Ch. 26.

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