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Kristufek's line for Saturday's Kentucky Derby
By Joe Kristufek | Daily Herald Correspondent

Trainer Kelly Breen gallops his Kentucky Derby hopeful, West Side Bernie, during early morning workouts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.


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Published: 5/1/2009 1:03 PM

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Here is Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek's line on the Kentucky Derby, Saturday's $2 million race over 1¼ miles at Churchchill Downs:

PP Horse Jockey/trainer Odds Skinny
16 Pioneer of the Nile Gomez/Baffert 4-1 Lots to like; edge
15 Dunkirk Prado/Pletcher 4-1 Talented; experience?
6 Friesan Fire Saez/LJones 5-1 Pace pressing dragon
3 Mr. Hot Stuff JVelazquez/Harty 30-1 Sizzles in the stretch
11 Chocolate Candy MSmith/Hollendorfer 20-1 Giacomo deju vu?
13 I Want Revenge Talamo/JMullins 3-1 Super in New York
5 Hold Me Back Desormeaux/Mott 15-1 Tries on sleeper shoes
17 Summer Bird Rosier/Ice 50-1 Improving too fast?
12 General Quarters Leparoux/TMcCarthy 20-1 Feel-good story
19 Desert Party Dominguez/Suroor 15-1 Post makes task tougher
10 Regal Ransom AGarcia/Suroor 30-1 Lots of hype this week
7 Papa Clem Bejarano/GStute 20-1 Gives it all he's got
2 Musket Man ECoa/DRyan 20-1 Illinois Derby winner
4 Advice Douglas/Pletcher 30-1 Back quick; prefers Poly
1 West Side Bernie Elliott/Breen 30-1 At his best in Wood
14 Atomic Rain Bravo/Breen 50-1 Gets an acid test
18 Nowhere to Hide Bridgmohan/Zito 50-1 Head is in the sand
8 Mine That Bird Borel/Woolley Jr 50-1 Wings are clipped
20 Flying Private Albarado/Lukas 50-1 Best run came on Poly
9 Join in the Dance DeCarlo/Pletcher 50-1 Pletcher rabbit leads