EDITORS NOTE: The Derby hopefuls are listed in order of graded stakes earnings.
PYRO: Looked great before bombing on the Keeneland synthetic surface. Should rebound getting back on dirt. He will be coming late.
TALE OF EKATI: Won the Wood, albeit in slow time. This will be only his third start of the year. He could get a piece.
COLONEL JOHN: Has done everything right with four wins and two seconds from six lifetime starts, but that was done on the synthetic surface. He has never raced on dirt, but did have a very fast workout going 45f in 57.4 seconds. Wow, was that too fast?
GAYEGO: Speedy type, who showed he could handle the dirt with Arkansas Derby win. Earned a Beyer grade of 103. Will be a factor from start to finish.
BIG BROWN: No doubt he is a talented colt, but will have to break 92 years of Derby history by winning with only three lifetime starts and at a short price. If so, it could be Triple Crown time.
Z HUMOR: One of two trained by Bill Mott. Has been looking and working good at Churchill. You can never count out any Mott-trained horse.
MONBA: Has won at Churchill, but doesn’t look like a 1Ľ-mile horse. His trainer Todd Pletcher is 0-19 in the Kentucky Derby. Pass.
COURT VISION: The other Mott in here. This guy has been working great and won a GR3 here last October. Will be coming with his late run and Gomez will ride.
Z FORTUNE: Could not get past Gayego in the Arkansas Derby, but has Asmussen as his trainer. That means he will be at his best if able to get the distance.
ADRIANO: Turf horse who lost by 17 lengths in only try on the dirt in the Fountain of Youth. This one has high hopes.
RECAPTURETHEGLORY: Speedster will be out winging with Big Brown. Could get run into the ground.
SMOOTH AIR: Has never been off the board, including a second place finish behind Big Brown in the Florida Derby. Best shot ever for trainer Bennie Stutts Jr.
SALUTE THE SARGE: Is sitting in California. Doubt he will make the trip after Lexington debacle.
COOL COAL MAN: Won the Fountain of Youth, but bombed in the Bluegrass. Will be tracking the early speed.
ANAK NAKAL: His 3yo season has been a bust, missing the board in three starts. However, trainer Nick Zito is dangerous and he did win here last year.
EIGHT BELLES: Long striding filly facing the boys has won all four of her starts this year. Will decide after the post position draw if she will run.
COWBOY CAL: Will be winging on the front end with the other speed. That doesn’t bode well for his chances. Repeating, trainer Pletcher is 0-19 with Derby starters.
BEHINDATTHEBAR: Has run all his best races on the synthetic surface. His only bad one was on the dirt at Bay Meadows. Another Pletcher horse, but a longshot to be make the Derby field.
VISIONAIRE: Trained by Michael Matz of Barbaro fame, this guy had a horrible trip in the Bluegrass. Did make up some ground late and could be a factor if he gets a clean trip.
BIG TRUCK: Had good races at Tampa Bay Downs, but ran next to last in the Bluegrass. Maybe he did not like the Polytrack?
BOB BLACK JACK: Needs a defection, but if in will add more speed to the lineup. He did almost hold off Colonel John in the Santa Anita Derby.