Field for 128th Kentucky Derby

May 04, 2002

PP Horse Trainer Jockey Record Earnings Last race Comment Odds

1 Johannesburg Aidan O'Brien Gary Stevens 8: 7-1-0 $1,017,005 2nd Gladness You can't win Derby off one seven-furlong turf prep in Ireland 6-1

2 Wild Horses Todd Pletcher Rene Douglas 5: 1-3-0 $142,400 2nd Arkansas Dy. Didn't win first, and only, race until March; not ready 50-1

3 Perfect Drift Murray Johnson Eddie Delahoussaye 6: 3-3-0 $382,160 1st Spiral Stakes Aussie trainer taking unorthodox approach; highly regarded 15-1

4 Lusty Latin Jeff Mullins Glenn Corbett 11: 2-2-3 $179,693 3rd Santa Anita He's gorgeous, gray, and he'll come running at the end 30-1

5 War Emblem Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza 7: 4-0-0 $366,000 1st Illinois Derby Can't throttle him down; likely pacesetter - for a while 20-1

6 Ocean Sound James Cassidy Alex Solis 12: 1-2-3 $126,258 3rd Blue Grass He's won one race in 12 starts - on turf in England 50-1

7 Request For Parole Steve Margolis Robby Albarado 10: 4-3-2 $343,812 3rd Spiral Stakes Tough, consistent; outran Perfect Drive twice at Turfway 20-1

8 Essence Of Dubai Saeed bin Suroor David Flores 6: 4-0-1 $1,543,200 1st UAE Derby Godolphin beauty could win roses with no American standout 15-1

9 Medaglia d'Oro Bobby Frankel Laffit Pincay Jr. 4: 2-2-0 $319,720 2nd Wood Mem. Possibly the best-looking, most-promising horse in Derby 6-1

10 Buddha H. James Bond Pat Day SCRATCHED

11 Private Emblem Steve Asmussen Donnie Meche 7: 4-2-1 $459,300 1st Arkansas Dy. Carries torch for sire, Our Emblem, standing in Maryland 20-1

12 Castle Gandolfo Aidan O'Brien Jerry Bailey 5: 3-2-0 $189,836 1st Fosters Trial Top contender with better preparation; one race not enough 20-1

13 Proud Citizen D. Wayne Lukas Mike Smith 6: 2-1-0 $262,117 1st Lexington Trainer followed this path with Charismatic; tough assignment 30-1

14 Harlan's Holiday Ken McPeek Edgar Prado 10: 6-4-0 $1,466,564 1st Blue Grass Deserving favorite but suspect, as is every other Derby horse 9-2

15 Came Home Paco Gonzalez Chris McCarron 7: 6-0-0 $871,440 1st Santa Anita Bettors finally learn whether this scrapper can handle 1 1/4 miles 5-1

16 Saarland Shug McGaughey John Velazquez 7: 2-1-0 $262,660 4th Wood Mem. Signs point to top effect for richly bred Phipps' horse 15-1

17 Danthebluegrassman Bob Baffert Kent Desormeaux 8: 3-3-0 $180,630 8th Santa Anita Last-minute entrant must reverse recent dismal form 50-1

18 It'sallinthechase Wilson Brown Eddie Martin Jr. 14: 2-3-2 $192,160 9th Arkansas Dy. Two measly wins in 14 starts does not a Derby winner make 50-1

19 Easy Grades Ted West Jorge Chavez 5: 1-3-0 $229,600 2nd Santa Anita Calif. 3-year-olds not up to usual speed; deserving long shot 20-1

20 Blue Burner Bill Mott Pat Day 6: 3-1-1 $299,300 5th Wood Mem. Regressed in Wood, lost Bailey; tall order for Steinbrenner colt 30-1

Note: Because of Buddha's defection, horses in post positions 1 through 9 move out one slot. Horses in post positions 11 through 20 remain in their spots. All betting numbers remain the same.

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