(Dark bay or brown colt, by Conquistador Cielo-Cuddly Dell, by Bold Hour)
Owner--Edmund Gann. Trainer--Bobby Frankel.
Record--(starts, firsts, seconds, thirds) 7-3-3-1. Earnings--$263,410.
Highlights--Finished second, beaten by a head by Thirty Six Red, in the Wood Memorial and third in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Won his first stakes start, the Bolsa Chica at Santa Anita.
Outlook--Good speed and willing competitor. Likely to tire early, but could stick around long enough to get a small piece of the purse.
Jockey--Pat Valenzuela. Trying to become fifth jockey to win back-to-back Derbies. Rode Sunday Silence to upset triumphs over Easy Goer in the 1989 Derby and Preakness but missed the Triple Crown by finishing second to him in the Belmont. California-based, has won two Breeders' Cup races, but a suspension for a positive cocaine test cost him the ride when Sunday Silence won the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic last November.NEWLN: COUNTRY DAY
(Bay colt, by Country Pine-Sportive Lady, by Amasport)
Owner--James Scibelli. Trainer--John Parisella.
Highlights--Finished second in the Grade II Tropical Park Derby.
Outlook--May be most out-classed horse in the field.
Jockey--Jose Santos. Making third Derby ride, having finished fourth with Cryptoclearance in 1987 and ninth with Triple Buck last year. Has won four straight national money titles, a streak that began just two years after the native Chilean moved to the United States. Voted Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 1988.NEWLN: DR. BOB A.
(Chestnut colt, by Dr. Carter-Cricket Club, by Dr. Fager)
Owner--Sue Kat Stable (Susan Rotondi and Kathryn Intrieri). Trainer--Stephen DiMauro.
Highlights--Finished second to Summer Squall in the Grade II Saratoga Special for 2-year-olds. Won the muddy Cherry Hill Mile, a Grade III stakes, by 6 1-2 lengths.
Outlook--Good speed, but better suited to sprints.
Jockey--Nick Santagata. Making Derby debut. Has ranked among the 10 New York riders in three of the last five years and won the winter Aqueduct title in 1986.NEWLN: FIGHTING FANTASY
(Chestnut colt, by Fighting Fit-Ice Fantasy, by It's Freezing)
Owner--Ray Cottrell Sr. Trainer--John Churchman.
Highlights--Won the Alysheba Stakes, a Grade III event, at Turfway Park as a 2-year-old. Comes to the Derby off a wire-to-wire, 7-length triumph in the Thomas Nash Memorial at Sportsman's, also a Grade III stakes.
Outlook--Blistering early speed, likely to burn himself out early.
Jockey--Shane Sellers. Making first Derby ride. Came out of Louisiana to become one of the leading riders on the Chicago circuit. Won the Fairmount Park riding title in 1987 and the Sportsman's championship last year. Ranked fifth in the tougher competition at Arlington last summer.NEWLN: KILLER DILLER
(Dark bay or brown colt, by Pleasant Colony-Supreme Queen, by Alydar)
Owner--Barry Schwartz. Trainer--Frank Alexander.
Highlights--Charged from 10th to win the Garden State Stakes, a Grade III event, by 2 lengths. Finished second in the Summing Stakes at Aqueduct.
Outlook--Out-classed, but come-from-behind style should enable him to pick off tiring horses and avoid finishing at back of pack.
Jockey--Jamie Bruin. Making first Derby ride. A top rider on the midwest circuit who just recently moved his tack to New York.NEWLN: LAND RUSH
(Bay colt, by Nijinsky II-Faneuil Girl, by Bolinas Bay)
Owners--D. Wayne Lukas and Overbrook Farm (W.T. Young). Trainer--Lukas.
Highlights--Comes into the Derby off a courageous second-place finish, 1 3-4 lengths behind Summer Squall, in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Won the Los Feliz Stakes at Santa Anita.
Outlook--A talented late-developing colt with a just-off-the pace style that could benefit from all the speed in the race. A good across-the-board bet.
Jockey--Angel Cordero. Looking for his fourth Derby victory in 16 rides, fourth most mounts in history. Won with Cannonade in 1974, Bold Forbes in 1976 and Spend a Buck in 1985. Also has won two Preaknesses and one Belmont and became first Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988. Voted Eclipse Award as nation's outstanding jockey in 1982 and 1983; ranks third on list of all-time winningest riders, behind retired Bill Shoemaker and still active Laffit Pincay.
(Chestnut colt, by Marsayas-Frisky Flyer, by Highest Tide)
Owner--Solymar Stud (Jose and Marta Fernandez). Trainer--Laz Barrera.
Highlights--16-0 start is the best in American racing history and eclipses American record, 15-race winning streak set by Triple Crown champion Citation in 1948 and 1950. Won 13 straight races in Puerto Rico, where he was 1989 Horse of the Year, then moved to Santa Anita and won the San Vicente, San Rafael and Santa Anita Derby.
Outlook--Solid co-favorite. Could run away with the race wire-to-wire if allowed to take an early lead; also capable of rating early and waiting for cheaper speed horses to burn themselves out.
Jockey--Gary Stevens. Trying to win his second in five tries. Guided Winning Colors, the third filly to win the Derby, to her 1988 wire-to-wire triumph. Hot at Santa Anita all spring, currently the nation's leading rider in money-won. Second in the money standings in 1986 and third in 1988.NEWLN: PENDLETON RIDGE
(Chestnut colt, by Cox's Ridge-Space Angel, by To The Quick)
Owners--Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and Craig Stadler. Trainer--Bobby Frankel.
Highlights--Finished fourth to Thirty Six Red as a maiden in the Wood Memorial.
Outlook--Trying to become first winless horse to win Derby in 57 years. Though obviously talented, probably is too green to do so, but might make a thrilling, long-odds show bet.
Jockey--Laffit Pincay. Making 17th Derby ride, third most in history. Has won just once, with Sale in 1984, but also has four seconds and two thirds. Won three straight Belmonts, 1982-84, all for Woody Stephens. A Hall of Famer, stands second on the list of all-time victories, behind retired Bill Shoemaker, and all-time leader in money won with nearly $140 million in purses. Has been voted five Eclipse Awards as nation's outstanding jockey and has won nine national money titles.NEWLN: PLEASANT TAP
(Bay colt, by Pleasant Colony-Never Knock, by Stage Door Johnny)
Owner--Buckland Farm. Trainer--Christopher Speckert.
Highlights--As a 2-year-old, won the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita, defeating highly regarded Grand Canyon and ran second in Hollywood's Hoist The Flag Stakes. Comes to the Derby off a second-place finish in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland following an illness-related layoff.
Outlook--A nice off-the-pace horse who could benefit from the early speed. Will not embarrass himself, but unlikely to hit board.
Jockey--Kent Desormeaux. Making second Derby ride; finished 16th with Purdue King in 1988. One of the hottest young riders in the country, despite only recently making the big move from Maryland to Southern California. Voted Eclipse Award as nation's top jockey last year after winning 597 races, breaking Chris McCarron's one-year mark of 456 in 1974. Also led all jockeys in victories in 1987 and 1988, joining Pat Day and Bill Hartack as only riders to win three straight victories titles.NEWLN: POWER LUNCH
(Dark bay or brown colt, by Wild Again-Lucinda Lea, by Best Turn)
Owner-Calumet Farm Inc. Trainer--D. Wayne Lukas.
Highlights--Comes to the Derby off a surprising third-place finish to Silver Ending in the Arkansas Derby, his second stakes start.
Outlook--A plodding come-from-behind horse who will pick off tiring speedster, but not enough of them to hit the board.
Jockey--Randy Romero. Making sixth Derby ride; best previous finish was seventh on both Fobby Forbes in 1986 and Seeking The Gold in 1988. Rode 1988 older mare champion Personal Ensign throughout her 13-0 career, which was capped by their come-from-behind triumph over Winning Colors and Goodbye Halo. Second in the nation in wins in 1985 with 416. Made heroic comeback after he suffered serious burns over 65 percent of his body in a 'hotbox' fire at Oaklawn in 1983.NEWLN: REAL CASH
(Bay colt, by Tank's Prospect-Magnificent Dawn, by Grey Dawn II)
Owner--Overbrook Farm. Trainer--D. Wayne Lukas.
Highlights--Finished second to Silver Squall, beaten 3 1-4 lengths, in the Arkansas Derby. Was fourth, beaten 6 3-4 lengths by Mister Frisky, in the Santa Anita Derby after setting the pace the first three-quarters of a mile. Won the San Felipe Handicap by 5 1-2 lengths.
Outlook--Good speed horse. If he can relax on the lead, could get a piece of the purse. A good across-the-board bet, especially when coupled with stablemate Land Rush.
Jockey--Alex Solis. Making third Derby ride. Finished 11th with favorite Snow Chief in 1986, but the two bounced back to win the Jersey Derby and Preakness Stakes. One of the top Southern California riders.NEWLN: SHOT GUN SCOTT
(Chestnut colt, by Exuberant-Shot Gun Molly, by Rambunctious)
Owners--Jean Friedberg and Scott Hamilton Jr.
Highlights--Won the Fountain of Youth, a Grade II stakes. As a 2-year-old, ran fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and had two victories and a second in the Florida Stallion stakes series at Calder.
Outlook--His come-from-behind style should suit the Churchill track, especially with all the speed in the race, but has been training poorly. Probably would be better off in Illinois Derby.
Jockey--Dave Penna. Making first Derby ride. Rides winters in Florida and summers in Canada. Jockey on 1983 Derby winner Sunny's Halo during his 2-year-old season; also rode Regal Classic during his Canadian championship-winning season in 1987.
(Bay colt, by Silver Hawk-Copperhead, by Hawaii)
Owners--Angelo Costanza and Deborah McAnally. Trainer--Ron McAnally.
Highlights--Won the Arkansas Derby 3 1-4 lengths and the El Camino Real Derby by 3 lengths. Suffered slight pulmonary bleeding in the only race in which he failed to hit the board, the San Felipe Handicap.
Outlook--Strong, come-from-behind runner who could win if the speed horses produce a fast early pace. A good bet.
Jockey--Chris McCarron. Trying for his second victory in eight Derby riders. Won 1987 Derby and Preakness with Alysheba. Also has two Derby seconds. Has three Breeders' Cup triumphs, including Classic victories with Alysheba in 1988 and Sunday Silence last year. Won the Eclipse Award as top apprentice in 1974 and as top jockey in 1980. Long one of the nation's top jockeys; inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.NEWLN: SUMMER SQUALL
(Bay colt, by Storm Bird-Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat)
Owner--Dogwood Stable. Trainer--Neil Howard.
Highlights--Went 5-for-5 as a 2-year-old, including four straight stakes. Comes into the Derby off a 2 1-2 length victory in the Jim Beam and a 1 3-4 length triumph in the Blue Grass. In his only defeat, was beaten a length by top sprinter Housebuster in his first start following his recovery from a stress fracture and a serious pulmonary bleeding episode.
Outlook--Courageous, beautifully conformed horse with great tactical speed. A solid co-favorite.
Jockey--Pat Day. Winless in seven previous Derby rides, but came close in 1988 and 1989, finishing second with Forty Niner and Easy Goer. Also rode Easy Goer to second to Sunday Silence in the Preakness to victory in the Belmont. Led the nation in victories 1982-84. Voted Eclipse Award as nation's outstanding jockey in 1984, '86 and '87. Famous for his patient style and ability to relax horses.NEWLN: THIRTY SIX RED
(Chestnut colt, by Slew o' Gold-Heartbreak, by Stage Door Johnny)
Owner--B. Giles Brophy. Trainer--Nick Zito.
Highlights--Comes to Derby off victories in Aqueduct's Wood Memorial and Gotham stakes. Finished third to Housebuster and Summer Squall in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream.
Outlook--An improving horse with good tactical speed. Has the ability to take advantage if the co-favorites stumble. A good bet.
Jockey--Mike Smith. Making second Derby rider; finished sixth as an 18-year-old with Pine Circle in 1984. Moved his tack from midwest to New York, where he has zoomed to the top of the standings.NEWLN: UNBRIDLED
(Bay colt, by Fappiano-Gana Facil, by Le Fabuleux)
Owner--Frances Genter. Trainer--Carl Nafzger.
Highlights--Won the Florida Derby by 4 lengths. Finished third in the Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass stakes. At 2, won the What A Pleasure Stakes by 5 lengths.
Outlook--A willing, maneuverable horse who seems to race best from just a few lengths off the pace. A solid bet to show, has the chance to take advantage if the co-favorites get in trouble.
Jockey--Craig Perret. Winless in three Derbies, but has a good record with a second on Bet Twice in 1987 and a surprising third with Awe Inspiring last year. His savvy ride is credited with enabling Bet Twice to win the 1987 Belmont and deny Alysheba the Triple Crown. Has won two Breeders' Cup races. Considered one of the nation's top jockeys. A family man who limits his out-of-town travel from New York base, but still has won nearly 4,000 races and nearly $50 million in purses.NEWLN: VIDEO RANGER
(Dark bay or brown colt, by Cox's Ridge-Vestris, by Nijinsky II)
Owner--Myung Kwon Cho. Trainer--Ian Jory.
Highlights--Charged from eight place to run second to Mister Frisky in the Santa Anita Derby.
Outlook--Has a good late kick and might get lucky enough to get a little share of the purse if there's a fast early pace, but probably out-classed by this field.
Jockey--Dave Hansen. Making his first Derby ride. A native of Utah, has won all of the Northern California riding titles the past two years. Just making his return from a successfully appealed suspension after a race-fixing investigation. Also has ridden in Chicago, Seattle and Canada, where he was voted outstanding apprentice in 1978.