Ruthie's Native (14 to 1) is pony-sized and brown. He had four victories early in the season but has not been the cat's meow since stepping on a nail.
Sir Sir (40 to 1) was unlucky at birth. His dam stepped on his right hind ankle, deforming it. He's always scrubbed. "At least the rest of him can look beautiful," his groom says.
For The Moment (15 to 1) would lie down on the job, given the chance. He may be Slew's toughest foe, but his trainer says, "There's no great accomplishment in finishing second."
He eats, he sleeps, he's scrubbed and grazed. And chances are he's somebody's pet, for to have a Derby colt is the next thing to Nirvana for most owners
Affiliate (25 to 1) used to have tiny holes in his blinkers so he could see his foes. He did not see them well enough, so the holes were enlarged.
Papelote (50 to 1) is the Latin long shot, whose name means "big piece of paper." Even his handlers expect him to be blown away.
Giboulee (8 to 1) is Canadian-bred and also has a fitting name. A loose translation of the French is "ice storm." The colt has a frigid personality.
Nostalgia (40 to 1) made hearts flutter with a win in the Stepping Stone. The colt is "sound as a bell of brass," his trainer says, which recommends him.
Coined Silver (15 to 1) is not money in the bank but a sterling prospect for a creditable Derby finish. He hankers for dandelions, offered here by Trainer Timmy Poole.
Steve's Friend (10 to 1) is owned by Yankee boss George Steinbrenner, but Charlie Finley claims he'll lead the horse from the winner's circle if the occasion should arise.