NEW YORK -- To be living, breathing and surviving is to be a Kentucky Derby contender. It's been a rough road to Louisville.
The number of serious candidates for the May 4 Kentucky Derby has dwindled to a precious few after Saturday's round of Derby prep races. For now, it appears that Santa Anita Derby winner Dinard and Florida Derby winner Fly So Free are the class of their class. And only Best Pal, Meadow Star, Hansel, Strike the Gold and Richman remain as realistic threats.
While Dinard, who came out of the Santa Anita Derby in perfect shape, will head to Kentucky, he will not be joined by too many fellow Californians. Santa Anita Derby also-rans Sea Cadet, Scan, Compelling Sound and Media Plan are expected to bypass the Derby.