Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: April 25, 2001, 11:55 AM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to

Every week Bill Finley reviews the top 3-year-olds with Kentucky Derby aspirations and breaks down their chances for success on the first Saturday in May. Numbers included in a horse's last start column indicate finish position and margin.

Leading Kentucky Derby Candidates 
Horse  Jockey  Trainer  Last Start Comments  Odds 
Point Given  Stevens  Baffert  SA Derby 1st (5 1/2)  How can you knock him? 8-5
Congaree Espinoza Baffert Wood Mem. 1st (2 3/4) Inexperience a problem. 4-1
Millennium Wind Pincay Jr. Hofmans Blue Grass 1st (5 1/4) Welcome back Pincay. 5-1
Balto Star Guidry Pletcher Ark. Derby 1st (4 1/2) Can he wire field? 6-1
Monarchos Chavez Ward, Jr. Wood Mem. 2nd (2 3/4) Flat race in Wood? 12-1
Dollar Bill Day Stewart  Blue Grass 3rd (7) Didn't like last race. 20-1
Express Tour Flores Bin Suroor UAE Derby 1st (no) Godolphin's only hope. 20-1
Songandaprayer Prado Dowd Blue Grass 2nd (5 1/4) 2nd best in Blue Grass. 25-1
A P Valentine Nakatani Zito Blue Grass 5th (13) Shown little this year. 25-1
Thunder Blitz Prado Orseno Flamingo 1st (6 3/4) Must improve. 35-1
Invisible Ink Velazquez Pletcher Blue Grass 4th (8 1/2) Never fired in last run. 35-1
Fifty Stars D. Meche Asmussen Lone Star Derby 2nd (2) Needs fast pace. 50-1
Keats Melancon O'Callaghan Lexington 1st (3/4) Will be pace factor. 60-1
Jamaican Rum Delahoussaye Cassidy Ark. Derby 2nd (4 1/2) Needs miracle. 60-1
Gift of the Eagle Smith McPeak LS Derby 3rd (2 3/4) Tries Derby Trial first. 100-1
Talk Is Money Bailey Scanlan Tesio 2nd (1 1/4) Will get hot and dirty. 100-1
Tincin Morgan LaRue TP Maiden 11th (30 3/4) You got to be kidding. 200-1

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