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Staff Writer Bob Mieszerski breaks down the field for the 134th running. Order of horses by post position, saddlecloth numbers. Post 3 p.m. PDT; TV: Channel 4 (Coverage begins 2 p.m. PDT)

May 02, 2008

Owner: Robert LaPenta. Trainer: Nick Zito. Jockey: Julien Leparoux.

Sire: Mineshaft. Dam: Cool Sez. Record: 8 races, 4 wins, 1 second, 0 thirds. Earnings: $307,531.

Comment: With War Pass sidelined for an indefinite period, this is the Derby hope of the owner. . . . Like several others, floundered in the Blue Grass after winning the Fountain of Youth with a gorgeous trip. . . . Has experience over the track. Won an allowance race by a bit more than two lengths in his penultimate start as a 2-year-old last Nov. 3.

*--* 1. COOL COAL MAN (20-1) *--*

*--* 2. TALE OF EKATI (15-1) *--*

Owner: Charles Fipke. Trainer: Barclay Tagg. Jockey: Eibar Coa.

Sire: Tale Of The Cat. Dam: Silence Beauty: Record: 6-3-1-0. Earnings: $769,200.

Comment: Earned his first win as a 3-year-old in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, but the victory was not a thing of beauty. The final eighth of a mile in the Grade I took more than 14 seconds to complete and it took him seemingly forever to get by an exhausted War Pass. . . . Tagg won the 2002 Derby and Preakness with Funny Cide.

*--* 3. ANAK NAKAL (30-1) *--*

Owner: Four Roses Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Nick Zito. Jockey: Rafael Bejarano.

Sire: Victory Gallop. Dam: Misk. Record: 6-2-1-0. Earnings: $243,416.

Comment: Maybe a return to Louisville will perk him up. Only stakes win came at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Jockey Club last Nov. 24. . . . Hasn't threatened in three 2008 starts. His best finish was a fifth in the Wood Memorial. . . . Bejarano will be the fifth rider he's had, succeeding Coa, Leparoux, Joe Bravo and Alan Garcia.

*--* 4. COURT VISION (20-1) *--*

Owner: IEAH Stables and WinStar Farm LLC. Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Garrett Gomez.

Sire: Gulch. Dam: Weekend Storm. Record: 6-3-1-2. Earnings: $367,542.

Comment: Some view him as a threat from behind, but couldn't take advantage of a dream setup in the Wood Memorial and had to settle for third. He wasn't able to get up even though the last three-eighths of a mile were run in a slow 40 4/5 seconds. . . . Undefeated at Churchill Downs. Rallied at nearly 9-1 to win the Iroquois there last Oct. 28.

*--* 5. EIGHT BELLES (20-1) *--*

Owner: Rick Porter. Trainer: Larry Jones. Jockey: Gabriel Saez.

Sire: Unbridled's Song. Dam: Away. Record: 9-5-2-1. Earnings: $308,650.

Comment: Owner decided to pass on the Kentucky Oaks and run his filly in the Derby. . . . Has won four in a row against her own sex versus suspect opposition at the Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park. . . . Will try to win the Derby 20 years after Winning Colors became the third filly to do so, joining Regret and Genuine Risk. Don't count on her joining that exclusive club.

*--* 6. Z FORTUNE (15-1) *--*

Owner: Zayat Stables LLC. Trainer: Steve Asmussen. Jockey: Robby Albarado.

Sire: Siphon. Dam: Fortunate Faith. Record: 6-3-2-0. Earnings: $386,600.

Comment: Ran well to be second in the Arkansas Derby despite being wide most of the way. Some believe he would have defeated Gayego if the two would have switched trips. . . . Trying to make like another New York-bred: Funny Cide. . . . Has lost three in a row since winning the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 12.

*--* 7. BIG TRUCK (50-1) *--*

Owner: Eric Fein. Trainer: Barclay Tagg. Jockey: Javier Castellano.

Sire: Hook And Ladder. Dam: Just A Ginny. Record: 8-3-1-1. Earnings: $336,880.

Comment: Turned in worst race of his life in the Blue Grass, finishing 11th of 12. . . . Two of his three victories have come against fellow New York-breds. . . . His victory against open company was a 7-1 surprise in the Tampa Bay Derby. . . . Distance is probably not in his favor.

*--* 8. VISIONAIRE (20-1) *--*

Owner: Vision Racing and Team Valor International. Trainer: Michael Matz. Jockey: Jose Lezcano.

Sire: Grand Slam. Dam: Scarlet Tango. Record: 6-3-1-1. Earnings: $250,760.

Comment: Made up some ground in a Blue Grass that was dominated by the front-runners. The way he finished suggests he will handle more ground, something that was a concern to his trainer before his race at Keeneland. . . . Matz looking for his second win in three years, but, trust us, Visionaire is no Barbaro.

*--* 9. PYRO (6-1) *--*

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Steve Asmussen. Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan.

Sire: Pulpit. Dam: Wild Vision. Record: 7-3-2-1. Earnings: $1,056,718.

Comment: Disappointed as the favorite in the Blue Grass after beginning 2008 with visually impressive victories in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Many expect him to rebound on a real dirt track. . . . Had not finished worse than third in any of his six races before the Blue Grass. . . . Broke his maiden by a nose at Churchill in his career debut at six furlongs last July 7.

*--* 10. COLONEL JOHN (4-1) *--*

Owner: WinStar Farm LLC. Trainer: Eoin Harty. Jockey: Corey Nakatani.

Sire: Tiznow. Dam: Sweet Damsel. Record: 6-4-2-0. Earnings: $825,300.

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