Originally created 05/04/02

128th Kentucky Derby Lineup



Johannesburg POST POSITION 2

MORNING LINE ODDS: 6-1

SIRE: Hennessy

DAM: Myth

JOCKEY: Gary Stevens

TRAINER: Aidan O'Brien

OWNER: Mrs. John Mangier and Michael Tabor

BREEDER: Jayeff B Stable and W.G. Lyster III

COMMENT: Was largely ignored to the ultimate peril of bettors before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 27 and took a slam-dunk victory at 7-1 odds, as well as the American division championship, back to Ireland. There is a distinct possibility that this horse is sharp and ready. There is a distinct possibility that he is not fully prepared. The curious selection of the inside post might be a mistake.

Wild Horses POST POSITION 3

MORNING LINE ODDS: 50-1

SIRE: Saint Ballado

DAM: Waltzing With Deb

JOCKEY: Rene Douglas

TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

OWNER: Peachtree Stable

BREEDER: Farfellow Farms Ltd.

COMMENT: Soundly beaten runner-up in the Arkansas Derby, has shown nothing to indicate that he is ready for this.

Perfect Drift POST POSITION 4

MORNING LINE ODDS: 15-1

SIRE: Dynaformer

DAM: Nice Gal

JOCKEY: Eddie Delahoussaye

TRAINER: Murray Johnson

OWNER: Stonecrest Farm

BREEDER: Dr. William A. Reed and Stonecrest Farm

COMMENT: Has not raced since winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park with a sharp improvement in form. Is probably a generous cut below the best of these and is being asked to move forward again in a tough spot. He has the right running style to take advantage of a pace meltdown, however, has gained support here and will finish in front of many of these.

Lusty Latin POST POSITION 5

MORNING LINE ODDS: 30-1

SIRE: El Prado

DAM: Scarlet Ann

JOCKEY: Glenn Corbett

TRAINER: Jeff Mullins

OWNER: Joey and Wendy Platts

BREEDER: Applebite Farms

COMMENT: Closed into staggering last quarter-mile of Santa Anita Derby and galloped past the field beyond the wire. So what. Former claimer likely to trail early. Does not appear capable of playing even a minor role.

War Emblem POST POSITION 6

MORNING LINE ODDS: 20-1

SIRE: Our Emblem

DAM: Sweetest Lady

JOCKEY: Victor Espinoza

TRAINER: Bob Baffert

OWNER: The Thoroughbred Corp.

BREEDER: Charles Nuckols Jr. and sons

COMMENT: Probably the speed of the speed, made a quantum leap in a wire-to-wire Illinois Derby win but comes off consecutive career-best races and appears to need an uncontested lead. That is unlikely here. A bounce could be coming despite a monthlong respite. A series of sharp works suggest nothing has changed.

Ocean Sound POST POSITION 7

MORNING LINE ODDS: 50-1

SIRE: Mujadil

DAM: Ossana

JOCKEY: Alex Solis

TRAINER: James Cassidy

OWNER: K M Stable, Jim Ford and Deron Pearson

BREEDER: Terence McDonald

COMMENT: Failed to menace while finishing a five-wide third in the Blue Grass. Short on pedigree and class. One-paced running style puts him in position for a minor reward under the very best of circumstances but is several cuts below the best of these.

Request For Parole POST POSITION 8

MORNING LINE ODDS: 20-1

SIRE: Judge T.C.

DAM: Madison's Quest

JOCKEY: Robby Albarado

TRAINER: Steve Margolis

OWNER: Jeri and Sam Knighton

BREEDER: Robert H. Roberts and Bea Roberts

COMMENT: Has mined the Kentucky circuit with great success but faces an altogether different set of circumstances here. Enough speed to be prominent early, but not for long. Useful colt thrown to the wolves.

Essence of Dubai POST POSITION 9

MORNING LINE ODDS: 15-1

SIRE: Pulpit

DAM: Epitome

JOCKEY: David Flores

TRAINER: Saeed bin Suroor

OWNER: Godolphin Racing Inc.

BREEDER: Jonabell Farm

COMMENT: Is the best-prepared and acclimated horse Godolphin Racing has ever sent to a Derby. Winner of both of his starts in Dubai this year, the second over good older horses at 10 furlongs while closing from last of 14, this colt has been given time here and has reacted positively to the change in climate. Both maternal grandparents are Belmont Stakes winners. He will stay 10 furlongs at what may be a price too good to pass.

Medaglia d'Oro POST POSITION 10

MORNING LINE ODDS: 6-1

SIRE: El Prado

DAM: Cappucino Bay

JOCKEY: Laffit Pincay Jr.

TRAINER: Robert Frankel

OWNER: Edmund A. Gann

BREEDER: Albert Bell and Joyce Bell

COMMENT: Began the season as a maiden and vaulted into the Derby picture with an impressive win in the San Felipe Stakes before finishing a head behind Buddha in the Wood. He is a speed horse coming off the two best races of his short career, the last of which may take a toll. A likely contributor to the pace and in position to pay dearly.

Private Emblem POST POSITION 11

MORNING LINE ODDS: 20-1

SIRE: Our Emblem

DAM: Merion Miss

JOCKEY: Donnie Meche

TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

OWNER: James Cassels and Bob Zollars

BREEDER: Berkshire Stud and OakCliff Stable

COMMENT: Has won three straight in suspect company and faces a huge step up in class. Has trained well here and has a midpace stalking style that would be flattered by a hot pace. Has improved steadily and should be positioned to become involved in the last quarter mile. Difficult to imagine sufficient improvement to make him a player beyond that point, however.

Castle Gandolfo POST POSITION 12

MORNING LINE ODDS: 20-1

SIRE: Gone West

DAM: Golden Oriole

JOCKEY: Jerry Bailey

TRAINER: Aidan O'Brien

OWNER: Mrs. John Magnier

BREEDER: Orpendale

COMMENT: Has been the betting favorite every time he has raced, was runner-up in a British Group I race last year and successfully subbed for stablemate Johannesburg in a one-mile prep at Lingfield last month, his only start this year. Bailey will put him in position. Whether he is good enough and fully prepared is another question.

Proud Citizen POST POSITION 13

MORNING LINE ODDS: 30-1

SIRE: Gone West

DAM: Drums of Freedom

JOCKEY: Mike Smith

TRAINER: Wayne Lukas

OWNER: Robert Baker, David Cornstein and William Mack

BREEDER: Sir Edmund J. Loder

COMMENT: Has two wins, both wire to wire, and gained backdoor entry to an upset win in the Lexington Stakes two weeks ago. He is a physically impressive colt but has never passed a horse during a race in which he failed to make the lead and figures to be chewed up in a ravenous pace.

Harlan's Holiday POST POSITION 14

MORNING LINE ODDS: 9-2

SIRE: Harlan

DAM: Christmas in Aiken

JOCKEY: Edgar Prado

TRAINER: Ken McPeek

OWNER: Starlight Stables

BREEDER: Double D Farm Corp.

COMMENT: Has done nothing to discourage his supporters and was clearly the best horse in both the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes but backed off in the latter after a career-top figure on both pace and final time at Gulfstream. Has trained strongly since the Blue Grass and is equipped to stay the distance. Another with the right style to benefit from a strong pace and should be prominent in the second wave moving into position on the stretch turn. Obviously, the horse to beat.

Came Home POST POSITION 15

MORNING LINE ODDS: 5-1

SIRE: Gone West

DAM: Nice Assay

JOCKEY: Chris McCarron

TRAINER: Paco Gonzalez

OWNER: William S. Farish, John B. Goodman, John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery

BREEDER: John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery

COMMENT: Has been beaten only once in seven starts, but projecting a colt with this pedigree and running style to 10 furlongs in a strongly run race is a leap of faith. He might be the best 3-year-old miler in the country, but his running style puts him at a severe disadvantage here. Despite his 6-for-7 record, he has no chance and may be severely overbet.

Saarland POST POSITION 16

MORNING LINE ODDS: 15-1

SIRE: Unbridled

DAM: Versailles Treaty

JOCKEY: John Velazquez

TRAINER: Shug McGaughey

OWNER: Cynthia Phipps

BREEDER: Cynthia Phipps

COMMENT: Has emerged as the "now" horse after minor surgery to improve his breathing, the source of some difficulty in a better-than-it-looks fourth-place finish in a strongly run Wood Memorial. Brings possibly the best 10-furlong pedigree in the field to the table, a subtle pattern of development, a pair of strong post-surgery works and a running style that puts the dynamic in his lap. If he is within striking distance at the quarter pole and finds a clear path, this colt will be a major player.

Danthebluegrassman POST POSITION 17

MORNING LINE ODDS: 50-1

SIRE: Pioneering

DAM: Stay With Bruce

JOCKEY: Kent Desormeaux

TRAINER: Bob Baffert

OWNER: Michael E. Pegram

BREEDER: Ledgelands Farm LLC

COMMENT: Was a last-minute entry and last-minute decisions are usually without wisdom. Gives trainer Baffert another bullet in a barely loaded gun. This one finished last in the Santa Anita Derby and has regressed in his last three starts. Has early speed. Lacks class and pedigree.

It'sallinthechase POST POSITION 18

MORNING LINE ODDS: 50-1

SIRE: Take Me Out

DAM: Limestone Landing

JOCKEY: Eddie Martin Jr.

TRAINER: Wilson Brown

OWNER: Darwin Olson

BREEDER: Theodore Kuster

COMMENT: Is likely to be last early unless beaten to that spot by Lusty Latin and has about the same prospect of improving his position.

Easy Grades POST POSITION 19

MORNING LINE ODDS: 20-1

SIRE: Honor Grades

DAM: Itsoeasy

JOCKEY: Jorge Chavez

TRAINER: Ted H. West

OWNER: Desperado Stables

BREEDER: Steve Riech

COMMENT: Has won only once, a maiden race on turf, but finds himself here after runner-up finishes in two slow races won by Came Home. Hung badly in the stretch and despite jockey's claim of equipment problem, had no excuse in the Santa Anita Derby.

Blue Burner POST POSITION 20

MORNING LINE ODDS: 30-1

SIRE: French Deputy

DAM: Haiati

JOCKEY: Pat Day

TRAINER: Bill Mott

OWNER: Kinsman Stable

BREEDER: Kinsman Farm

COMMENT: A one-paced type, attracted attention while third in the Fountain of Youth and second in the Florida Derby but ran poorly in the Wood Memorial. The regression exposed in the Wood might continue here. His running style is well suited to the dynamic and puts him in position to take a minor share with a perfect trip, but the outside draw might be too costly in terms of ground lost.