136th Kentucky Derby
Saturday, May 1, 6 p.m. (NBC)


Lookin At Lucky became the favorite when Eskendereya pulled out with an injury. (Garry Jones/Associated Press)

Kentucky Derby field

Andrew Beyer's take on the contenders in the Run for the Roses


LOOKIN AT LUCKY  |   Trainer: Bob Baffert   |   Jockey: Garrett Gomez
1

3-1
BSF
98
Earned 2-year-old title in '09 running on synthetics, and proved he can handle dirt by overcoming trouble in Rebel Stakes. Training sharply at Churchill. Injury to Eskendereya made him the favorite.   Lookin At Lucky wins the Rebel
ICE BOX  |   Trainer: Nick Zito   |  Jockey: Jose Lezcano
2

10-1
BSF
99
Benefited from an ideal setup in the Florida Derby: The fast-paced leaders died, and he rallied past them to win. Kentucky Derby could develop in a similar fashion.
NOBLE'S PROMISE  |   Trainer: Kenny McPeek   |  Jockey: Willie Martinez
3

12-1
BSF
98
Unlucky colt had a legitimate excuse in the Arkansas Derby, and came out of the race with a lung infection that set back his training.   Trouble-filled Arkansas Derby
SUPER SAVER  |  Trainer: Todd Pletcher   |   Jockey: Calvin Borel
4

15-1
BSF
98
The magic of jockey Calvin Borel, winner of the Derby in 2007 and '09, probably won't be enough to help this Pletcher-trained front-runner.
LINE OF DAVID  |   Trainer: John Sadler   |   Jockey: Rafael Bejarano   
5

30-1
BSF
98
California-based colt showed that running on dirt is his best game when he shipped to Oaklawn and won Arkansas Derby. His front-running style may not be an asset in this speed-laden field.
STATELY VICTOR  |  Trainer: Michael Maker   |   Jockey: Alan Garcia
6

30-1
BSF
94
Pulled a 40-to-1 shocker in the Blue Grass Stakes on Keeneland's Polytrack, but he's never won on dirt.
AMERICAN LION  |  Trainer: Eoin Harty   |   Jockey: David Flores
7

30-1
BSF
98
When he won the Illinois Derby — his first and only start on dirt — he benefited from getting the early lead in a field devoid of speed. That won't happen Saturday.
DEAN'S KITTEN  |  Trainer: Michael Maker   |  Jockey: Robby Albarado
8

50-1
BSF
93
There is little to like about this colt who prefers grass and synthetics, and who lost his only race on dirt by 33 lengths.
MAKE MUSIC FOR ME  |   Trainer: Alexis Barba   |   Jockey: Joel Rosario
9

50-1
BSF
93
Got into the field at the last minute when Endorsement was hurt. With a 1-for-8 record and no dirt experience, he'll need a lot more luck to be a factor Saturday.
PADDY O'PRADO  |   Trainer: Dale Romans   |  Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
10

20-1
BSF
93
He's bred for turf and scored his only career win on turf. What's he doing in the Derby?
DEVIL MAY CARE  |   Trainer: Todd Pletcher   |   Jockey: John Velazquez
11

10-1
BSF
100
When stablemate Eskendereya was hurt, trainer Pletcher opted to to bypass Kentucky Oaks and challenge the boys. Lack of seasoning could hurt her bid to become fourth filly to win the Derby.

History of fillies in the Derby
CONVEYANCE  |  Trainer: Bob Baffert  |   Jockey: Martin Garcia
12

12-1
BSF
97
Trainer Bob Baffert's speedster will contest an expected fast pace; he's a sprinter-miler without the stamina to win at 11/4 miles.
JACKSON BEND  |   Trainer: Nick Zito   |   Jockey: Mike Smith
13

15-1
BSF
93
Got into the field because of late defections by others, and he deserves to be in. Zito trainee has never been worse than second in nine career starts.
MISSION IMPAZIBLE  |   Trainer: Todd Pletcher   |   Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
14

20-1
BSF
94
Pletcher trainee rallied to win the $750,000 Louisiana Derby, but did it with an easy trip against moderate rivals in moderate time. He's unlikely to help Pletcher's miserable Derby record. Todd Pletcher's Derby Record
DISCREETLY MINE  |   Trainer: Todd Pletcher   |   Jockey: Javier Castellano
15

30-1
BSF
94
The weakest of Pletcher's four entrants. He did win once at 11/16 miles, but Derby route is too far for him.
Todd Pletcher's Derby Record
AWESOME ACT  |   Trainer: Jeremy Noseda   |   Jockey: Julien Leparoux
16

10-1
BSF
98
Finished nearly 10 lengths behind Eskendereya in the Wood Memorial, but lost a shoe in that race. If that's a valid excuse, he could be a stretch-running threat.
DUBLIN  |   Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas   |   Jockey: Terry Thompson
17

12-1
BSF
97
Although Wayne Lukas's fortunes have been in decline for a decade, he has an outside chance here to score his fifth Derby victory.
BACKTALK  |   Trainer: Tom Amoss   |   Jockey: Miguel Mena
18

50-1
BSF
87
Never lived up to early promise he showed as a 2-year-old. Recent 14-length loss in weak Illinois Derby doesn't inspire confidence.
HOMEBOYKRIS  |   Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.   |   Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
19

50-1
BSF
88
Trainer Rick Dutrow, Derby winner in '08, almost always deserves respect — but not with an entrant who hasn't raced since February or won since October.
SIDNEY'S CANDY  |  Trainer: John Sadler   |   Jockey: Joe Talamo
20

5-1
BSF
100
Owned by weight-loss guru Jenny Craig, he won stakes over Santa Anita synthetic surface after getting the lead without much pressure. He's got talent, but the Derby will be a different experience.

NOTE: Beyer Speed Figure represents a horse's top performance as a 3-year-old.

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