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Brooklyn Strong

15) BROOKLYN STRONG (g, Wicked Strong--Riviera Chic, by Medaglia d'Oro) (predicted finish 20th) O-Mark Schwartz; B-Cheryl Prudhomme & Dr. Michael Gallivan (NY); T-Daniel Velazquez; J-Umberto Rispoli. Sales History: $330,000 Wlg '18 FTNMIX; $42,000 RNA Ylg '19 SARAUG; $6,000 RNA '19 Ylg OBSOCT; $5,000 2yo '20 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 6-3-0-1, $225,000. Sainthood veered in and greeted Brooklyn Strong with a love tap when the starter sprang the latch, and this New York-bred had trouble securing a solid spot in the pecking order. For this Wicked Strong gelding ($30,000 FTNMIX and $5,000...

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Like The King

12) LIKE THE KING (c, Palace Malice--Like a Queen, by Corinthian) (predicted finish 19th) O-M Racing Group LLC; B-Horseshoe Racing LLC (KY); T-Wesley Ward; J-Drayden Van Dyke. Sales History: $28,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $170,000 Ylg '19 OBSOCT. Lifetime Record: GSW, 7-3-2-1, $200,680. Like the King ($28,000 KEENOV, $170,000 OBSOCT) shifted outward at the break, tried to mix it up early, then never gained a foothold within the pack. This rangy son of Palace Malice entered the far turn at the fence and exited it five off the rail with enough...

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Sainthood

11) SAINTHOOD (c, Mshawish--Lemon Hero, by Lemon Drop Kid) (predicted finish 16th) O-CHC Inc. & WinStar Farm LLC; B-Edward Taylor & Springland Farm (KY); T-Todd Pletcher; J-Corey Lanerie. Sales History: $100,000 Ylg '19 KEEJAN; $90,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $62,000 Ylg '19 OBSOCT. Lifetime Record: 4-1-2-0, $91,900. Make sure you consider Sainthood's 11th-place try in the context that he's 1) a May 15 foal; 2) never won beyond the MSW ranks, and 3) only started three times before trying 10 furlongs. This Mshawish colt broke inward and bumped Brooklyn Strong,...

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O Besos

5) O BESOS (c, Orb--Snuggs and Kisses, by Soto) (predicted finish 15th) O-Bernard Racing LLC, Tagg Team Racing, West Point Thoroughbreds & Terry L. Stephens; B-L. Barrett Bernard (KY); T-Greg Foley; J-Martin Pedroza. Lifetime Record: 6-2-0-1, $262,624. In his prep races, O Besos kept putting himself at a tactical disadvantage by breaking slowly and giving up ground on the turns. In the Derby, he broke smoothly from post six and wasn't at all afraid to mix it up on the inside in the early stages; he was a touch headstrong...

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Bourbonic

13) BOURBONIC (c, Bernardini--Dancing Afleet, by Afleet Alex) (predicted finish 14th) O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Todd Pletcher; J-Kendrick Carmouche. Lifetime Record: 7-3-1-0. This Calumet homebred broke okay from his outermost stall and immediately dropped in to save ground, content to lag in second-last. When Known Agenda briefly vacated the rail ahead of him at the entrance to the far turn, Kendrick Carmouche cued Bourbonic to go up and claim that gap. But Known Agenda re-closed the hole before Bourbonic could shoot through, and it stalled what could have been the beginning...

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Hidden Stash

14) HIDDEN STASH (c, Constitution--Making Mark Money, by Smart Strike) (predicted finish 13th) O-BBN Racing LLC; B-Rhineshire Farm LLC (KY); T-Victoria Oliver; J-Rafael Bejarano. Sales History: $50,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 8-2-1-2, $231,062. Hidden Stash got brushed at the break by Essential Quality and again by Dynamic One in the early stages of the race, but he was not adversely hindered. Jockey Rafael Bejarano worked him back to fourth-last into the turn, which is how this $50,000 KEESEP colt runs anyway, and he was content to sit chilly until...

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Soup and Sandwich

19) SOUP AND SANDWICH (c, Into Mischief--Souper Scoop, by Tapit) (predicted finish 11th) O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Live Oak Stud (FL); T-Mark Casse; J-Tyler Gaffalione. Lifetime Record: GISP, 4-2-1-0, $203,875. Soup and Sandwich displaced his soft palate, termed by trainer Mark Casse as a temporary occurrence. This is a colt with only three career starts and he was drawn way out in post 18. Yet this Live Oak homebred by Into Mischief broke running, and jockey Tyler Gaffalione let him do his speed-centric thing, prompting an honest pace right behind the...

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Super Stock

16) SUPER STOCK (c, 3, Dialed In--Super Girlie, by Closing Argument) (predicted finish 10th) O-Erv Woolsey & Keith Asmussen; B-Pedro & P J Gonzalez (KY); T-Steve Asmussen; J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. Sales History: $70,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GISW, 9-2-2-2, $804,762. This $70,000 KEESEP Dialed In colt was the cause of the chain-reaction crowding that affected the three horses to his inside at the break, but no one lost the Derby based on that action. He settled midpack but lacked both contending speed and a closing kick, and commenced a...

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Dynamic One

18) DYNAMIC ONE (c, 3, Union Rags--Beat the Drums, by Smart Strike) (predicted finish 6th) O-Repole Stable, Phipps Stable & St Elias Stable; B-Phipps Stable (KY); T-Todd Pletcher. J-Jose Ortiz Sales History: $725,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSP, 6-1-2-0, $194,120. Dynamic One veered in and bounced off Midnight Bourbon, then appeared flustered when jockey Jose Ortiz tried to ease him out of panic mode. This $725,000 KEESEP colt appeared as if he was going to level out of the trouble, but immediately found himself hard on the heels of...

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Rock Your World

17) ROCK YOUR WORLD (c, Candy Ride {Arg}--Charm the Maker, by Empire Maker) (predicted finish 7th) O-Hronis Racing LLC & Talla Racing LLC; B-Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY); T-John Sadler; J-Joel Rosario. Sales History: $650,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GISW, 4-3-0-0, $546,600. Rock Your World was off a stutter-step slow, then took the worst of the outside crunching incident, getting shuffled back to last. But he righted himself professionally, and while closest to the grandstand, this $650,000 KEESEP colt by Candy Ride (Arg) had enough natural speed to pick...

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Hot Rod Charlie

3) HOT ROD CHARLIE (c, Oxbow--Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie) (predicted finish 3rd) O-Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing LLC & William Strauss; B-Edward A Cox (KY); T-Doug O'Neill; J-Flavien Prat. Sales history: $17,000 Ylg '19 FTKFEB; $110,000 Ylg '19 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: GSW & MGISP, 8-2-1-3, $1,305,700. This two-time Fasig-Tipton sales grad ($17,000 FTKFEB; $110,000 FTKOCT) had tactical speed straight from the gate, and although he was momentarily trapped on the heels of Medina Spirit the first time under the wire, neither Hot Rod Charlie nor jockey Flavien Prat reacted with...

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Helium

8) HELIUM (c, 3, Ironicus--Thundering Emilia, by Thunder Gulch) (predicted finish 17th) O-D J Stable LLC; B-Teneri Farm Inc & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY); T-Mark Casse; J-Julien Leparoux. Sales history: $55,000 Ylg '19 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0, $287,763. Despite having only three lifetime races and only one start in the previous 7 1/2 months, this $55,000 FTKOCT colt displayed some early-race poise by marching out to a contending spot and asserting himself as a primary stalker without having to work too hard to attain that position. He was fourth for...

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