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Apr 30, 2004

130th Derby has full field


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - A full field of 20 three-year-olds has

been entered for Saturday's 130th running of the Kentucky Derby. The

1 1/4 mile race has a guaranteed purse of $1 million.

The morning line favorite at 4-1 is Blue Grass Stakes winner The Cliff's

Edge. Ridden by Shane Sellers, The Cliff's Edge will start from post 11

for owner Robert La Penta and trainer Nick Zito. The colt has won four of

eight starts for $835,258.

Zito also trains Birdstone for Marylou Whitney. Birdstone is 50-1 in the

program and will break from post 13. Edgar Prado has the riding assignment.

While Birdstone has won three of five career starts, his only win this year

was in an allowance race. He finished fifth last time out in the Lane's

End Stakes. Zito is looking for his third win in the Kentucky Derby after

winning in 1991 with Strike the Gold and again in 1994 with Go for Gin.

Arkansas Derby winner Smarty Jones is a perfect 6-for-6 coming into the

Run for the Roses. He has earned $878,355 and can grab a $5 million bonus

with a victory Saturday. Smarty Jones is owned by Someday Farm and trained

by John Servis. Bred in Pennsylvania, the colt can join Lil E.Tee, winner

of the 1992 Kentucky Derby, as the only Pennsylvania-breds to claim the

prize. Smarty Jones is the second choice in the program at 9-2. He will be

ridden by Philadelphia Park leading jockey Stewart Elliott and will break

from post 15.

Wood Memorial winner Tapit is 8-1 in the morning line and will break from

post 18. Tapit is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Michael

Dickinson. Leading Maryland jockey Ramon Dominguez has the mount on the

gray colt. Tapit has won three of four career starts for $549,800. His only

loss came in the Florida Derby where he was sixth.

Borrego, the runner-up in the Arkansas Derby, will start from post 12 with

Victor Espinoza in the saddle. Espinoza won on War Emblem two years ago. The

chestnut colt is trained by co-owner Beau Greely and is 20-1 in the morning

line. Borrego has finished second in his last three starts and is winless

in stakes races. In seven career starts he has won $399,580.

Santa Anita Derby winner Castledale is 15-1 in the program and will start

from post 16 with jockey Jose Valdivia. Castledale is owned by Frank Lyons

and Greg Knee, and trained by Jeff Mullins. The longshot winner of the Santa

Anita Derby has raced three times in the United States winning twice.

Overall Castledale has won three of ten career starts for $561,836.

Another three-year-old coming off an upset win is Friends Lake. The longshot

winner of the Florida Derby will start from post six with Richard Migliore

riding. Friends Lake is 15-1 in the morning line for owners Mary and Chester

Broman and trainer John Kimmel. The colt has won three of five starts for


Trainer Richard Mandella has two colts entered in Saturday's Run for the

Roses. Champion two-year-old Action This Day and Minister Eric represent

the hottest trainer since last year's Breeders' Cup.

Action This Day has not won since capturing last year's Breeders' Cup

Juvenile. In fact he has won only twice in six career starts. This year he

has finished 4th, 7th and 6th. Action This Day will be ridden by David

Flores and will start from post 4. Owned by Billy Hughes, the bay colt is

30-1 in the morning line.

Minister Eric is still looking for his first stakes victory. He is 30-1 in

the program and will break from post 7 with jockey Pat Day. Day's only win

in this race came aboard Lil E. Tee in 1992. Minister Eric is owned by

Diamond A Racing and has earned $437,971.

Another trainer with two horses in this year's Derby is Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher will saddle Illinois Derby winner Pollard's Vision and Tampa Bay

Derby winner Limehouse.

Pollard's Vision is 20-1 in the morning line and will start from post 17.

The colt will be ridden by John Velazquez for owner Edgewood Farm.

Pollard's Vision has won three of ten starts for $445,811.

Dogwood Stable's Limehouse is coming off a third place finish in the Blue

Grass Stakes. He is 30-1 in the program and will start from the inside

post with jockey Jose Santos. Santos was the winning rider in last year's

Kentucky Derby and Preakness on Funny Cide. Limehouse has won five of

nine starts for $575,435.

Two time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Kent Desormeaux has the ride on

Imperialism. The gay colt is 15-1 in the morning line and will start from

post ten. Imperialism is trained by Kristin Mulhall and owned by Steve Taub.

In his career, Imperialism has won five of 15 starts for $437,605. Last

time out the colt was third in the Santa Anita Derby after winning the San

Rafael and San Vicente Stakes.

Lion Heart with Mike Smith riding will break from post three and is 10-1

in the program. Trained by Patrick Biancone, the colt has finished second

his last two starts after beginning his career with three straight wins.

Lion Heart is owned by Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor for whom he has

earned $500,800.

Bob Baffert, who has trained three Kentucky Derby winners, has Louisiana

Derby winner Wimbledon this year. Wimbledon is 15-1 in the morning line

and will start from post five with jockey Jerry Bailey. The Hall-of-Fame

rider has two victories in the Run for the Roses. Wimbledon is coming off a

disappointing fifth place finish in the Santa Anita Derby. He has earned

$430,980 while winning twice in seven career starts. Wimbledon is owned by

James McIngvale.

Master David is trainer Bobby Frankel's last est hope for his first Kentucky

Derby win. The chestnut colt was second in the Wood Memorial after winning

the Sahm Stakes. Master David is 12-1 and will be ridden by Alex Solis

from post eight. The three-year-old is owned by Georgia Stable, Stephen Mack

and Andrew Rosen. Master David has won two of seven starts for $268,789.

Song of the Sword is 30-1 in the morning line and will start from post two.

Trained by Jennifer Perdersen, the bay colt will be ridden by Norberto

Arroyo and is owned by Paraneck Stable. This year Song of the Sword was

second in the Illinois Derby and third in the Lexington Stakes. He has earned

$211,100 in five career starts.

The winner of the Lexington, Quintons Gold Rush, is 20-1 in the program and

will break from the outside post. Quintons Gold Rush was fourth earlier

this year in both the San Rafael and Santa Anita Derby. Corey Nakatani has

the riding assignment for owners Padua Stable, Jay Manogian and Kimberly

Riches and trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt has won $295,500 with two wins

in five starts.

Read the Footnotes will start from post 14 with Robby Albarado in the

saddle. The winner of the Fountain of Youth stakes is 12-1 in the morning

line. He was fourth in the Florida Derby for owners Klaravich Stables and

trainer Richard Violette. Read the Footnotes has won five of seven career

starts for $450,660.

St Averil, the winner earlier this year of the Santa Catalina Stakes, will

break from post nine and is 30-1 in the morning line. He will be ridden

by Tyler Baze for owner Stan Fulton and trainer Rafael Becerra. After the

Santa Catalina win he was second in the San Felipe and sixth in the Santa

Anita Derby. St Averil has earned $238,000 in five starts with two wins.

Pro Prado, ridden by John McKee, will start from post 19 and is 30-1 in

the morning line. The gray colt has finished third in his last three starts,

including the Arkansas Derby. Trained by Robert Holthus, Pro Prado has

earned $213,784 for owner Mrs. James Winn.

1 Limehouse 30-1 Jose Santos Todd Pletcher 2 Song of the Sword 30-1 Norberto

Arroyo Jennifer Pedersen 3 Lion Heart 10-1 Mike Smith Patrick Biancone 4

Action This Day 30-1 David Flores Richard Mandella 5 Wimbledon 15-1 Jerry

Bailey Bob Baffert 6 Friends Lake 15-1 Richard Migliore John Kimmel 7

Minister Eric 30-1 Pat Day Richard Mandella 8 Master David 12-1 Alex Solis

Bobby Frankel 9 St Averil 30-1 Tyler Baze Rafael Becerra 10 Imperialism

15-1 Kent Desormeaux Kristin Mulhall 11 The Cliff's Edge 4-1 Shane Sellers

Nick Zito 12 Borrego 20-1 Victor Espinoza Beau Greeley 13 Birdstone 50-1

Edgar Prado Nick Zito 14 Read the Footnotes 12-1 Robby Albarado Richard

Violette 15 Smarty Jones 9-2 Stewart Elliott John Servis 16 Castledale 15-1

Jose Valdivia Jeff Mullins 17 Pollard's Vision 20-1 John Velazquez Todd

Pletcher 18 Tapit 8-1 Ramon Dominguez Michael Dickinson 19 Pro Prado 30-1

John McKee Robert Holthus 20 Quintons Gold Rush 20-1 Corey Nakatani Steve


The weather forecast for Saturday in Louisville calls for thunderstorms with

a post-time temperature around 75.

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