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Kentucky Derby Capsules

May 03, 2003|BOB MIESZERSKI

Order of horses: By saddlecloth numbers. Odds: Morning line (in parenthesis). Post time: Today, 3 p.m. PDT. TV: Ch. 4 (coverage starts at 2 p.m.

Note: Sir Cherokee was scratched Friday after suffering a fractured right rear ankle. Sir Cherokee, at morning-line odds of 15-1, had drawn the No. 3 post position. As a result, the horses in the No. 1 and No. 2 posts will be moved over one position, leaving the No. 1 post vacant.

1. SUPAH BLITZ (50-1); Post: No. 2. Owners: Jacquelin Tortora and Bee Bee Stables. Trainer: Emanuel Tortora. Jockey: Rosemary Homeister Jr.; Sire: Mecke. Dam: Boots'n Jackie. Record: 15 starts, 2 wins, 7 seconds, 3 thirds. Earnings: $437,330.

Comment: The most active of the Derby runners has won or placed in 10 stakes.... Homeister is the fifth woman to ride in the race, joining Diane Crump, Patty Cooksey, Andrea Seefeldt and Julie Krone.... She added the Jr. to avoid confusion with her mother, who is a trainer in Florida.... Supah Blitz's sire Mecke was fifth as part of the mutuel field in the 1995 Derby.... Supah Blitz ran second to Dynever in the Aventura Stakes in his most recent race at Gulfstream on April 5 and there are many who believe that lightly-raced colt might be the country's best 3-year-old.

2. BRANCUSI (30-1); Post: No. 3. Owner: Michael Tabor. Trainer: Patrick Biancone. Jockey: Tony Farina; Sire: Deputy Commander. Dam: Treize. Record: 7-1-2-3. Earnings: $229,220.

Comment: Since breaking his maiden by five lengths at Santa Anita on Feb. 15, he has been a close third behind Buddy Gil and Atswhatimtalknabout at nearly 49-1 in the San Felipe Stakes and second to Peace Rules in the Blue Grass at Keeneland.... The first Derby for both the jockey and trainer.... Tabor won the 1995 Derby with Thunder Gulch.... Farina is the rider who was suspended for seven days by the Santa Anita stewards for failure to control the horse that caused the spill that ended Laffit Pincay's career on March 1, Santa Anita Handicap day.

4. ATSWHATIMTALKNABOUT (12-1); Post: No. 4. Owners: B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stables LLC. Trainer: Ron Ellis. Jockey: David Flores.; Sire: A.P. Indy. Dam: Lucinda K. Record: 5-2-1-1. Earnings: $164,120. Comment: Will race with blinkers for the first time today... Disappointed as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby in what was his fifth race in three months.... Majority owner Hughes sold a 10% interest for a reported $500,000 to a group of Hollywood investors, among them Steven Spielberg, in March.... This is the first Derby starter for Ellis.... Purchased for $900,000 as a 2-year-old in February, 2002, the dark bay has yet to win a stakes race.

5. PEACE RULES (8-1); Post: No. 5. Owner: Ed Gann. Trainer: Bobby Frankel. Jockey: Edgar Prado.; Sire: Jules. Dam: Hold To Fashion. Record: 8-5-1-1. Earnings: $1,124,990. Comment: Has proven himself to be something more than a turf horse with consecutive wins in the Louisiana Derby and Blue Grass Stakes.... The second Frankel entrant could be second choice in the wagering to his more publicized stablemate Empire Maker.... Was purchased privately by Gann and Frankel after he beat maidens on the Belmont Park turf last Sept. 25 and has subsequently won four of five.... The knock against him is how slow his final three-eighths of a mile were in the Blue Grass over a speed-favoring surface at Keeneland.

6. FUNNY CIDE (15-1); Post: No. 6. Owner: Sackatoga Stable. Trainer: Barclay Tagg. Jockey: Jose Santos.; Sire: Distorted Humor. Dam: Belle's Good Cide. Record: 6-3-2-0. Earnings: $439,185. Comment: He's yet to win a race not restricted to New York-breds, but was third in the Louisiana Derby -- later moved up to second after Kafwain's disqualification for a positive drug test -- and finished second in the Wood.... One of the more lively longshots because of his tactical speed and the fact he's a trier.... No New York bred has ever won the Derby.... Like Buddy Gil, he is a gelding.

7. OFFLEE WILD (30-1); Post: No. 7. Owner: Azalea Stables. Trainer: Thomas V. Smith. Jockey: Robby Albarado.; Sire: Wild Again. Dam: Alvear. Record: 6-2-1-1. Earnings: $182,785. Comment: Winless since his 27-1 surprise in the Holy Bull on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park.... Another trainer making his Derby debut, Smith won only four races in 2002.... One of the leading riders in the country, Albarado has yet to come close in six tries in the Derby. His best finish was a fifth with Request For Parole last year. Don't look for the jockey to do that well this afternoon.

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