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.