15--Land Rush. With more Derby experience than any trainer in history, D. Wayne Lukas might finally be right on schedule. Given one month between the San Felipe and the Blue Grass and three weeks between the Blue Grass and Derby, Land Rush figures to run his best race. In finishing second to Summer Squall in Lexington, Angel Cordero was forced to attack the easy-leading winner prematurely or suffer certain defeat. When Pat Day set the leader down in earnest, he sprinted away. Land Rush held his ground despite racing on the same left-fore lead, failing to switch over and gain new momentum because he was unsure over the wet footing. And if Unbridled has been the training star this week, then Land Rush was a close second. His outside position is not as detrimental as it looks.
16--Power Lunch. Even the highly positive Lukas admitted he was considering entering this colt in an allowance race on Saturday's card.
This handicapper's nightmare is a racing fan's dream: 1. Land Rush 2. Unbridled 3. Silver Ending 4. Mister Frisky.