Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2002

War Emblem -- Came away in good order to gain the lead, edged in to race in the three path, went along under careful handling, then drew off in the final furlong under energetic hand urging with the rider flashing his whip on the right side.

Proud Citizen -- Moved up soon after the start to race in closest attendance to War Emblem four wide, loomed a strong threat outside that one when straightened into the stretch, then wasn't a match in the final furlong while gamely saving second.

Perfect Drift -- In hand from the outset while closer than usual along the inside, remained inside while tracking War Emblem, was checked for several strides when lacking room in behind that one at the three-sixteenths pole, altered course outside the winner, then came up empty in the final furlong.

Medaglia d'Oro -- Bobbled at the start and was bumped by Essence Of Dubai when that one came out, worked his way forward between rivals four or five wide on the backstretch and around the second turn, swung out seven or eight wide entering the upper stretch, bumped with Essence Of Dubai leaving the three-sixteenths pole and was finished.

Request for Parole -- Forwardly placed in hand while four wide, was asked for his best approaching the final quarter, remained in behind the leaders and failed to respond.

Came Home -- Worked his way nicely toward the inside to race six or seven wide during the opening quarter, raced under light restraint while continuing seven wide on the backstretch, edged in nearing the far turn, remained prominent into the upper stretch and flattened out.

Harlan's Holiday -- Bumped lightly with Proud Citizen at the start, followed the leaders within easy striking distance while five or six wide, edged closer nearing the end of the backstretch, then came up empty.

Johannesburg -- Well placed along the inside from the start, raced in hand to the second turn while within striking distance saving ground, continued inside into the stretch but came up empty when asked.

Essence Of Dubai -- Came out bumping Medaglia d'Oro at the start, dropped in behind horses to be three or four wide, made a mild run from between foes near the inside approaching the stretch, swung out for the drive, was bumped by Medaglia d'Oro and forced out for a stride, then failed to continue.

Saarland -- Failed to reach contention despite saving ground.

Blue Burner -- Worked his way inward to be forwardly placed five wide early, continued off the inside and weakened in the drive.

Castle Gandolfo -- Never was a factor while between foes much of the way.

Easy Grades -- Leaned in bumping It'sallinthechase at the start, raced nine or 10 wide early, moved in a bit on the first turn but never reached contention.

Private Emblem -- Within striking distance while between horses to the end of the backstretch, gradually weakened.

Lusty Latin -- Near the inside while outrun for the start, eased out eight or nine wide on the backstretch, continued wide and passed only tired rivals.

It'sallinthechase -- Never was close.

Ocean Sound -- Was outrun.

Wild Horses -- Forwardly placed along the inside to the far turn, gave way thereafter.

Note: Due to scratches of Buddha and Danthebluegrassman, the No. 1 position in the starting gate was left unoccupied.

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