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2006 Kentucky Derby Field
8 of 21
Odds: 4-1
Post position: 8
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Trainer Michael Matz is an Olympic equestrian medalist and a plane-crash hero, but that won't help on Derby day. It will help that Barbaro is a tall, high-striding colt who hasn't lost in five career starts. The knock: He hasn't run in five weeks and no horse has won the Derby off a five-week or longer layoff since Needles in 1956. When the Derby starting gates open, Barbaro will have run one race in 13 weeks. He might have the talent overcome that.
Text: Tim Layden/SI
Photo: Bill Frakes/SI