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Major Fed

10) MAJOR FED (c, Ghostzapper--Bobby's Babe, by Smart Strike) O-Lloyd Madison Farms IV LLC; B-Lloyd Madison IV (KY); T-Greg Foley. Lifetime Record: MGSP, 7-1-2-1, $215,600. This Ghostzapper homebred out of a Smart Strike mare was boxed and blocked the first time through the stretch and into the first turn, and thereafter held a mid-pack stalking position well enough to be fourth between calls at the five-sixteenths pole. He'd had enough by the final furlong, though. "He had no business being up there where he was," trainer Greg Foley said Sunday....

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Mr. Big News

3) MR. BIG NEWS (c, Giant's Causeway--Unappeased {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) O-Allied Racing Stable LLC; B-Don Alberto Corporation (KY); T-Bret Calhoun. Sales History: $95,000 Ylg '18 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: SW & GISP, 8-2-1-1, $468,553. At 46-1, Mr. Big News outran his odds while running true to his distance-centric pedigree (by Giant's Causeway out of a Galileo mare). He broke alertly and settled willingly, and when the main body of eight runners peeled off from the pack into the first turn, jockey Gabriel Saez was content to track the action behind...

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Necker Island

9) NECKER ISLAND (c, Hard Spun--Jenny's Rocket, by Mr. Greeley) O-Raymond Daniels, Wayne Scherr & Will Harbut Racing LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Chris Hartman. Sales history: $250,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSP, 11-2-0-3, $199,730. The game plan for blinkers-off Necker Island was to be close to the pace along the inside. Instead he was next to last for most of his Derby trip and made a belated far-turn run while 10 wide into the stretch. "Outclassed" was trainer Chris Hartman's post-race summation.   VIDEO PPS FINISH RACE...

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Ny Traffic

8) NY TRAFFIC (c, Cross Traffic--Mamie Reilly, by Graeme Hall) O-John Fanelli, Cash is King LLC, LC Racing & Paul Braverman. B-Brian Culnan (NY). T-Saffie Joseph, Jr. Sales History: $27,000 RNA 2yo '19 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: GISP, 10-2-3-2, $565,470. Ny Traffic veered out at the break and then was sent for speed, cutting back inward in front of five other rivals in jockey Paco Lopez's all-costs zeal to have this gray near the head of affairs. This $27,000 EASMAY RNA by Cross Traffic attended the pace outside of Authentic, but...

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Max Player

5) MAX PLAYER (c, Honor Code--Fools in Love, by Not For Love) O-George E. Hall & SportBLX Thoroughbreds Corp. B-K&G Stables (KY). T-Steve Asmussen. Sales History: $150,000 RNA yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW & MGISP, 6-2-1-2, $463,500. Max Player inherited the dreaded one hole after a scratch, and this first-crop Honor Code colt ($150,000 KEESEP RNA) got a decent schooling out of the experience while rallying nicely through traffic to snag fifth with a late spurt. Even before the field completed the first furlong, you could see Max was...

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Honor A.P.

4) HONOR A.P. (r, Honor Code--Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush O-C R K Stable LLC. B-George Krikorian (KY). T-John Shirreffs. Sales History: $850,000 yrl '18 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: GISW, 6-2-3-0, $532,200. Honor A.P. was never in it to win it last Saturday. Yet considering how tactically adrift he was for the first mile of the race, his fourth-place effort is better than it might seem. "He spun out from the word go. Really did," said jockey Mike Smith, who cited this $850,000 FTSAUG Honor Code ridgling's inability to grab hold...

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Enforceable

7) ENFORCEABLE (c, Tapit--Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union) O-John Oxley. B-Clearsky Farm (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $775,000 RNA yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 11-2-2-2, $397,150. Stout-pedigreed Enforceable made his early-career mark as a deep closer who didn't mind taking the overland route, and he was bet down to 22-1 in the Derby primarily on the angle that he'd be motoring late when many others would be struggling with the final furlong. Thus it was a surprise to see him involved in the early jostling for the lead,...

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Authentic

1) AUTHENTIC (c, Into Mischief--Flawless, by Mr. Greeley) O-Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC & Starlight Racing. B-Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $350,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 6-5-1-0, $2,871,200. Front-running Authentic bested 14 Derby foes in admirable, take-the-heat fashion. But it was the way this $350,000 KEESEP Into Mischief bay overcame a long season's worth of focusing issues to finally put forth a polished, seasoned effort that truly stands out. Although Authentic might have given his connections an anxious moment or...

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Storm the Court

6) STORM THE COURT (c, Court Vision--My Tejana Storm, by Tejano Run) O-Exline-Border Racing LLC & David A Bernsen LLC; B-Stepping Stone Farm (KY); T-Peter Eurton. Sales History: $5,000 Ylg '18 FTKFEB; $60,000 2yo '19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: Ch. 2yo, GISW, 10-2-1-3, $1,310,451. If there's a such thing as a sneaky-good sixth, Storm the Court ran it in the Derby. He was actually the between-calls leader first time through the homestretch, and although jockey Julien Leparoux opted not to slug it out on the front end with Authentic, he didn't...

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Tiz the Law

2) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 8-6-1-1, $2,615,300. If you had your crystal ball fired up and had been able to correctly predict that Tiz the Law would enjoy a primo, trouble-free Derby stalking trip in third for most of the race while zeroing in with metronomic precision on a lone leader who had worked hard to attain that top spot, most backers would have jumped at the proposition that Tiz...

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