Kentucky Derby Selections

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Field and selections for today's 135th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.:

THE BEST (OUR TOP FOUR SELECTIONS)

POST HORSE JOCKEY ODDS

19. Desert Party Ramon Dominguez 15-1

Turned heads with his looks and training efforts this week. Eventually a Dubai-based horse will win this race and this one has all the goods. Outside post won't hurt as it will allow him to get position to effectively use his tactical speed.

6. Friesan Fire Gabriel Saez 5-1

He is bred for the distance, worked spectacularly over the track here and was brilliant in winning the Louisiana Derby. He hasn't raced in seven weeks, but looked fit and sharp this week. Use him in both spots on the exactor.

15. Dunkirk Edgar Prado 4-1

At $3.7 million US, he is the second priciest horse ever to run in the Derby. He didn't race as a two-year-old, which is a huge strike against him. He will be great one day, but perhaps not yet.

10. Regal Ransom Alan Garcia 30-1

Should be a factor on the front end but if the pace is too hot he could be cooked by the time the field hits mid-stretch. May set it up for his stablemate, Desert Party.

THE REST (IN POST POSITION ORDER)

1. West Side Bernie Stewart Elliott 30-1

His odds improve if there is a hot pace up front, but not enough to bet him.

2. Musket Man Eibar Coa 20-1

Any horse that has won five of his six lifetime starts merits a second look. He hasn't beaten many good ones, though, and distance is a question mark.

3. Mr. Hot Stuff John Velazquez 30-1

Making his dirt debut, he could be a factor in the pace but not much else.

4. Advice Rene Douglas 30-1

Was impressive in his late rally in the Lexington so we know he can close. Can he do it against the best ones though?

5. Hold Me Back Kent Desormeaux 15-1

No one's talking about this guy, but look at how game he looked in his past two races. Would not be shocked if he hit the board.

7. Papa Clem Rafael Bejarano 20-1

One of the long shots to consider because of his tactical speed and experience in two-turn races.

8. Mine That Bird Calvin Borel 50-1

Canadian champ won four times at Woodbine as a two-year-old. He has his work cut out for him here but could pick off some tiring horses near the end.

9. Join In The Dance Chris DeCarlo 50-1

Only got in with the late flurry of scratches. Pass.

11. Chocolate Candy Mike Smith 20-1

Horses who have finished second in the Santa Anita Derby have gone on to win the Run for the Roses.

12. General Quarters Julien Leparoux 20-1

One of the great stories of this race: He is the only horse in trainer Tom McCarthy's stable. Finished up strong in his latest -- a win in the Bluegrass Stakes.

13. I Want Revenge Joe Talamo 3-1

Overcame all kinds of trouble in his last race and still won. A contender for sure but figures to be overbet.

14. Atomic Rain Joe Bravo 50-1

Bred to run long but he's not fast enough. Today is his birthday, though.

16. Pioneer of the Nile Garrett Gomez 4-1

Trained by three-time winner Bob Baffert, there is plenty to like. One warning sign: He never has raced on dirt.

17. Summer Bird Chris Rosier 50-1

Wouldn't use him with your money.

18. Nowhere To Hide Shaun Bridgmohan 50-1

Has close pedigree ties to Canadian Triple Crown winners With Approval and Izvestia. That won't help here, however.

20. Flying Private Robby Albarado 50-1

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is back in the show but Hall of Famer won't add another win.


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