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And the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby is ... Tapwrit

Calvin Borel rides Mine That Bird to a victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in 2009.
Calvin Borel rides Mine That Bird to a victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in 2009. Associated Press file

The Bee’s Steve Pajak sizes up the 20-horse field in his order of preference:

Kentucky Derby handicap

Post

Horse

Jockey

Odds

Comment

16

Tapwrit

Ortiz

20-1

Throw out Bluegrass Stakes clunker and he provides best upset chance

15

McCraken

Hernandez

5-1

Has finished in front of top pick twice; the most likely winner

5

Always Dreaming

Velazquez

5-1

Has pace advantage in rare Derby without tons of early speed

14

Classic Empire

Leparoux

4-1

Was a 2-year-old monster; has been a troublemaker at 3

19

Practical Joke

Rosario

20-1

Second in Bluegrass Stakes in this year’s key prep race

13

J Boys Echo

Saez

20-1

Had trouble at the start and compromised by slow pace last out

9

Irap

Gutierrez

20-1

Beat four of these in April at Keeneland, including top two picks

11

Battle of Midway

Prat

30-1

Trainer Hollendofer, jockey Prat a dynamic duo

8

Hence

Geroux

15-1

Several who finished in his New Mexico wake have run well since

10

Gunnevera

Castellano

15-1

One thing is for sure – he’ll be gaining in the stretch

17

Irish War Cry

Maragh

6-1

Showed he’s not a need-to-lead type, but guessing he guns

6

State of Honor

Lezcano

30-1

Usually there or thereabouts, but not exactly a win machine

2

Thunder Snow

Soumillon

20-1

Dubai’s representative intriguing in wide-open year

1

Looking at Lee

Lanerie

20-1

Rail not the death knell to deep closer it might be to others

7

Girvin

Smith

15-1

Hoof problems have plagued the king of Louisiana

18

Gormley

Espinoza

15-1

Crawled home to win slowly at Santa Anita Derby

4

Untrapped

Santana

30-1

Has talent but also has classic distance limitations

12

Sonneteer

Desormeaux

50-1

Still a maiden; can’t see that changing in Derby

20

Patch

Gaffalione

30-1

Plenty of one-eyed horses have done great things; not today, though

3

Fast and Accurate

Hill

50-1

Ideal name for a sportswriter; overmatched as a Derby horse

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