Kentucky Derby Field Loaded with Stalkers

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Kentucky Derby Field Loaded with Stalkers


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) Front runners and speed could make for a contentious Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Twenty horses will break from the starting gate at Churchill Downs, and "there are eight to 10 horses who can win," three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert said.

With so many young horses crowding each other and jockeys with varying levels of experience on their backs, expect some bumping going into the first turn.

The outcome for the top contenders, who share similar running styles, could be decided early if they get caught in speed duels or traffic jams going 1 1/4 miles (two kilometers).

Bellamy Road, owned by New York Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, was the early 5-2 favorite. The second choice was Afleet Alex at 9-2, with Bandini the third choice at 6-1.

Spanish Chestnut is the races acknowledged rabbit, entered by Bandinis owners with hopes of softening up Bellamy Road, who should be right there with him. Spanish Chestnut will dictate what is expected to be a sizzling early pace and dare the rest of the field to challenge him. …

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