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How the Race Will Be Run
TIM LAYDEN
May 08, 2006
THERE IS an abundance of speed in the Derby, including the blazing Sinister Minister and Sharp Humor, who will duel for the early lead. Brother Derek (the probable morning line favorite), Lawyer Ron, Sweetnorthernsaint and Barbaro, all good horses, also like to be near the front. Could this produce another suicidal pace, not unlike the one that set up 50-1 long shot Giacomo's closing win last year? The best late-runners are A.P. Warrior, Bob and John, and Steppenwolfer. History, however, suggests that consecutive Derbys are seldom run the same way. Some of this year's classy speedsters will hold up. And perhaps a closer will get a piece.
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May 08, 2006

How The Race Will Be Run

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THERE IS an abundance of speed in the Derby, including the blazing Sinister Minister and Sharp Humor, who will duel for the early lead. Brother Derek (the probable morning line favorite), Lawyer Ron, Sweetnorthernsaint and Barbaro, all good horses, also like to be near the front. Could this produce another suicidal pace, not unlike the one that set up 50-1 long shot Giacomo's closing win last year? The best late-runners are A.P. Warrior, Bob and John, and Steppenwolfer. History, however, suggests that consecutive Derbys are seldom run the same way. Some of this year's classy speedsters will hold up. And perhaps a closer will get a piece.

THE PICKS: 1. Sweetnorthernsaint; 2. Barbaro; 3. A.P. Warrior.

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