11. Thirty Six Red--If there's such a thing as a horse staring down other horses, Thirty Six Red has that ability. In the Wood Memorial, he was surrounded--by Burnt Hills, trying to hold on, and by Champagneforashley, trying to rally. Thirty Six Red dug in and won, with only a head and a length separating the three finishers. Two weeks before that, Thirty Six Red also won the Gotham. Other than Mister Frisky and Summer Squall, he is the only horse going into the Derby with a winning streak.
Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Purses 11 3 2 4 $578,515
12. Burnt Hills--This stablemate of Pendleton Ridge missed 10 days of training because of a fever and couldn't run in the Louisiana Derby. Since then, he has run two strong races at Aqueduct, finishing third in the Gotham and second in the Wood. The truth is, though, Burnt Hills has never won going farther than six furlongs.
Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Purses 7 3 3 1 $263,410
13. Summer Squall--He doesn't bowl anyone over with his slight appearance, but the winner of the Jim Beam Stakes and the Blue Grass Stakes cranks out victory after victory. With 28 owners, Summer Squall will test the staying power of the Derby winners' circle if he's victorious.
Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Purses 8 7 1 0 $785,078
14. Land Rush--Another runner from the Lukas barn, Land Rush improved over his Santa Anita form to run second behind Summer Squall in the Blue Grass. His bad post position could be improved by Angel Cordero, an aggressive jockey who has ridden in 15 Derbies, winning with Cannonade, Bold Forbes and Spend a Buck.
Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Purses 9 2 3 1 $139,737
15. Power Lunch--A maiden until he won against non-winners at Oaklawn Park in early March, this colt is here because Calumet Farm told Lukas to run him. Fourth in the Jim Beam and third in the Arkansas Derby, he wasn't close to the winners in either race.
Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Purses 8 1 3 1 $100,175