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Friday's Derby notebook

Congaree gives Baffert another ace in Wood

Millennium Wind all the way in Blue Grass

Balto Star wires field in Arkansas Derby

Point Given romps in Santa Anita Derby





Kentucky Derby Contenders


Bill Finley reviews the chances of the 3-year-olds bound for Kentucky Derby 127. Numbers included in a horse's last start column indicate finish position and margin.

 
Probable Starters for Kentucky Derby 127
Horse Jockey Trainer Last StartComments Odds 
Point Given Stevens Baffert SA Derby 1st (5 1/2) Very strong credentials.8-5
CongareeEspinozaBaffertWood Mem. 1st (2 3/4)Can Baffert run 1-2?4-1
Millennium WindPincay Jr.HofmansBlue Grass 1st (5 1/4)More aches and pains.5-1
Balto StarGuidryPletcherArk. Derby 1st (4 1/2)Hoping Keats passes.6-1
MonarchosChavezWard, Jr.Wood Mem. 2nd (2 3/4)Ward remains optimistic.12-1
Dollar BillDayStewart Blue Grass 3rd (7)Must improve off B. Grass.20-1
Express TourFloresBin SuroorUAE Derby 1st (no)Needs more racing.20-1
SongandaprayerGryderDowdBlue Grass 2nd (5 1/4)Erratic colt in tough.25-1
A P ValentineNakataniZitoBlue Grass 5th (13)Might have peaked at 2.25-1
Thunder BlitzPradoOrsenoFlamingo 1st (6 3/4)Beat soft Flamingo field.35-1
KeatsMelanconO'CallaghanLexington 1st (3/4)Big figure in Lexington.35-1
Invisible InkVelazquezPletcherBlue Grass 4th (8 1/2)Pletcher 's forgotten horse.35-1
Fifty StarsD. MecheAsmussenLone Star Derby 2nd (2)Possible stretch threat.50-1
Jamaican RumDelahoussayeCassidyArk. Derby 2nd (4 1/2)Must be real lucky.60-1
StartacSolisBrayArk.Derby 4th (4 3/4)The mighty have fallen.75-1
Arctic BoyBorelRicheyArk. Derby 11th (16 3/4)Doesn't belong.100-1
Talk Is MoneyBaileyScanlanTesio 2nd (1 1/4)Can't Bailey do better?100-1