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Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29756215 To the winner's circle To+the+winner%27s+circle Other

This is one of the most wide-open Derby fields in many years, so do we pick a winner? These horses to watch will help you get out of the gate quickly for the Run for the Roses.

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Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29756217 Twinspired Twinspired Other

Two years ago, Mine That Bird made no sense, from a handicapping perspective. After traveling from New Mexico to Churchill Downs in a van, not on a plane, he pulled a $103.20 upset. So, sometimes, it pays to go against the grain. If you fancy people-watching and mint juleps more than burying your nose in a Daily Racing Form, Twinspired is the obvious hunch bet this year. Who better to win in the shadows of the Twin Spires on Derby day?

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Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29756218 Dialed In Dialed+In Other

Dialed In (pictured on the outside) has been the most consistent runner on the Derby trail. He has three wins and a close second-place finish in his four lifetime starts, and his charge-from-the-back running style always thrills the fans. The experts knock him for low speed ratings, but Charlie Sheen would like him because he just keeps . . . winning!

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Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29758184 Midnight Interlude Midnight+Interlude Other

Midnight Interlude (pictured on the outside) once was relegated to Bob Baffert's second string, but now he is the trainer's lone bullet after The Factor and Jaycito were taken off the Derby trail. A victory in the Santa Anita Derby gives Midnight Interlude credentials, but it's Baffert's three Kentucky Derby victories that have us keeping a close watch now. - Special to[4]_20110428164034823_600_400.JPG[4]_20110428164034823_107_80.JPG
Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29758183 Mucho Macho Man Mucho+Macho+Man Other

Mucho Macho Man has a memorable name, but his connections are what have us taking a rooting interest. Trainer Kathy Ritvo is a heart transplant recipient. His former rider, Eibar Coa, is making an amazing recovery from racing injuries that left him paralyzed for weeks earlier this year. Mucho Macho Man has only one win this year, in the Risen Star Stakes in February, but if he repeats that performance at Churchill Downs, he has a chance. - Special to[3]_20110428164033822_600_400.JPG[3]_20110428164033822_107_80.JPG
Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29756216 Archarcharch Archarcharch Other

Archarcharch boasts perhaps the best last-race performance of the leading Derby contenders, an extended rally from 10th to win the Arkansas Derby. He has won stakes races at the sprint distance of six furlongs and the route of 1-1/8 miles in the Arkansas Derby. A win in the Kentucky Derby would be quite a haul for one family. William "Jinks" Fires, who has trained horses for 50 years, is the father-in-law of jockey Jon Court.

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Other 198 43 Kentucky Derby horses to watch 29758186 Pants on Fire Pants+on+Fire Other

Pants on Fire will get a ton of attention during Derby week. That's only in part because of his front-running upset in the Louisiana Derby. It has more to do with his jockey. Rosie Napravnik is aiming to become the first woman jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. She won the riding title at the competitive Fair Grounds meet and has the ability to get Pants on Fire to carry his speed, which makes him a threat to steal the race. - Special to[2]_20110428164034826_600_400.JPG[2]_20110428164034826_107_80.JPG
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