The morning-line favorite has dominated California racing since last December by winning four consecutive stakes, including the Santa Anita Derby on April 8. A freaky-smooth runner who has simply galloped opponents into the ground with his high-cruising speed for wheelchair-bound trainer Dan Hendricks, Derek will face more pressure in the Derby than at any time in his career. Expect him to sit behind the speedsters, but not far behind. "We're not going to change him now,'' says Hendricks. The outside post position is even worse than Lawyer Ron's.