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Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

1. Black Onyx (50-1)

Jockey: Joe Bravo. Finished 16th in both his Derby mounts.

Trainer: Kelly Breen. No better than ninth in 3 Derby tries.

Sire: Rock Hard Ten (Kris S.); Dam: Kalahari Cat (Cape Town).

Record, earnings: 5: 3-1-0; $407,810.

Last start: Won Spiral Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 90.

Positives: Won both races, including G3 Spiral, since moving into Breen's barn.

Negatives: Stepping way up in class, ran $75K optional claimer two races back.

Note: Black Onyx was a Friday scratch.

2. Oxbow (30-1)

Jockey: Gary Stevens. Unretired three-time winner back in first Derby since ‘05.

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas. Four-time Derby winner, all from 1988-99.

Sire: Awesome Again (Deputy Minister); Dam: Tizamazing (Cee's Tizzy).

Record, earnings: 9:2-1-1; $383,500.

Last start: Fifth, Arkansas Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 95.

Positives: Hall of Fame connections.

Negatives: Only win this year came in weak G3 LeComte.

3. Revolutionary (10-1)

Jockey: Calvin Borel. Three-time Derby winner.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Saddled Super Saver for lone win in 31 starts.

Sire: War Pass (Cherokee Run); Dam: Runup the Colors (A.P. Indy).

Record, earnings: 6: 3-1-2; $788,500.

Last start: Won Louisiana Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 102.

Positives: Two 3-year-old wins were impressive.

Negatives: Castellano jumped off to ride Normandy Invasion instead.

4. Golden Soul (50-1)

Jockey: Robby Albarado. Two thirds in 12 Derby mounts.

Trainer: Dallas Stewart. No better than 9th in two Derbys.

Sire: Perfect Soul*Ire (Sadler's Wells); Dam: Hollywood Gold (Mr. Prospector).

Record, earnings: 5: 1-2-0; $117,500.

Last start: Fourth, Louisiana Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 89.

Positives: Finished strong for second in only start at Churchill Downs.

Negatives: Only win came in $39K maiden special in December.

5. Normandy Invasion (12-1)

Jockey: Javier Castellano. No better than 7th in six Derbys.

Trainer: Chad Brown. Saddles Derby starter for first time.

Sire: Tapit (Pulpit); Dam: Boston Lady (Boston Harbor).

Record, earnings: 5: 1-2-0; $300,240.

Last start: Second, Wood Memorial.

Top Beyer figure: 99.

Positives: Overcame trouble in past two races.

Negatives: Winless in past three starts, plagued by bad racing luck.

6. Mylute (15-1)

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik. Ninth-place in 2011 is best Derby finish by female jockey.

Trainer: Thomas Amoss. Finished way back in previous two Derby tries.

Sire: Midnight Lute (Real Quiet); Dam: Stage Stop (Valid Expectations).

Record, earnings: 9: 2-3-2; $417,695

Last start: Second, Louisiana Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 93.

Positives: Tested Revolutionary in La. Derby.

Negatives: Only win in past six races was a $50K opt. claimer in December.

7. Giant Finish (50-1)

Jockey: Jose Espinoza. 43-year-old in 1st Derby.

Trainer: Tony Dutrow. Veteran saddles first Derby runner.

Sire: Frost Giant (Giant's Causeway); Dam: Apocalyptic (Hickman Creek).

Record, earnings: 5 2-1-1; $133,050.

Last start: Third, Spiral Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 86.

Positives: Finished willingly in Grade 3 Spiral Stakes.

Negatives: Both career wins came against New York breds.

8. Goldencents (5-1)

Jockey: Kevin Krigger. Trying to become first black jockey to win Derby since 1902.

Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Saddled 2012 Derby winner I'll Have Another.

Sire: Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday);Dam: Golden Works (Banker's Gold).

Record, earnings: 6: 4-1-0; $1,250,000.

Last start: Won Santa Anita Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 105.

Positives: Beyer ranks among tops in field.

Negatives: Big candidate to regress off huge Santa Anita effort.

9. Overanalyze (15-1)

Jockey: Rafael Bejarano. No better than 4th in 8 Derbys.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher.

Sire: Dixie Union (Dixieland Band); Dam: Unacloud (Unaccounted For).

Record, earnings: 7: 4-0-1; $956,381.

Last start: Won Arkansas Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 99.

Positives: Stalking style fits race; could return to form he showed in G2 Remsen.

Negatives: Winning time in Arkansas Derby (1:51.94) was painfully slow.

10. Palace Malice (20-1)

Jockey: Mike Smith. Won with Giacomo in 2005.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher.

Sire: Curlin (Smart Strike); Dam: Palace Rumor (Royal Anthem).

Record, earnings: 6: 1-3-1; $271,135.

Last start: Second, Blue Grass Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 93.

Positives: Sire was two-time Horse of the Year, top-flight connections.

Negatives: Lost past four starts, including leg-weary finish in Blue Grass.

11. Lines of Battle (30-1)

Jockey: Ryan Moore. UK-based rider in 1st Derby.

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien. European star trainer looks for first Derby win.

Sire: War Front (Danzig); Dam: Black Speck (Arch).

Record, earnings: 6: 3-1-0; $1,276,204.

Last start: Won UAE Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 74.

Positives: Outstanding pedigree and world-class connections.

Negatives: Running on dirt for the first time.

12. Itsmyluckyday (15-1)

Jockey: Elvis Trujillo. Makes Derby debut.

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. Saddles second Derby starter.

Sire: Lawyer Ron (Langfuhr); Dam: Viva La Slew (Doneraile Court).

Record, earnings: 10: 5-2-1; $625,600.

Last start: Second, Florida Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 104.

Positives: Set track record in Grade 3 Holy Bull.

Negatives: Sire Lawyer Ron is more of a speed influence, not stamina.

13. Falling Sky (50-1)

Jockey: Luis Saez. Former apprentice in first Derby.

Trainer: John Terranova. Long Island native saddles first Derby starter.

Sire: Lion Heart (Tale of the Cat);Dam: Sea Dragoness (Sea Hero)

Record, earnings: 6: 3-0-1; $249,800.

Last start: Fourth, Arkansas Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 92.

Positives: Good early speed.

Negatives: Derby distance will test his sprint-heavy pedigree.

14. Verrazano (4-1)

Jockey: John Velazquez. Won aboard Animal Kingdom in ‘11.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher.

Sire: More Than Ready (Southern Halo); Dam: Enchanted Rock (Giant's Causeway).

Record, earnings: 4: 4-0-0; $861,300.

Last start: Won Wood Memorial.

Top Beyer figure: 105.

Positives: Undefeated colt shares highest Beyer figure in the race.

Negatives: Unraced as a 2-year-old, trying to break 131-year trend.

15. Charming Kitten (20-1)

Jockey: Edgar Prado. Won aboard Barbaro in ‘06.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher.

Sire: Kitten's Joy (El Prado*Ire); Dam: Iteration (Wild Again).

Record, earnings: 7: 2-2-2; $257,000.

Last start: Third, Blue Grass Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 88.

Positives: Won't have any trouble getting the 1 14-mile distance.

Negatives: Poor speed figures, has never run on dirt before.

16. Orb (7-2)

Jockey: Joel Rosario. Only jockey to finish 7th or better each of past three Derbys.

Trainer: Shug McGaughey. ‘89 runner-up Easy Goer was his best finish.

Sire: Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy); Dam: Lady Liberty (Unbridled).

Record, earnings: 7: 4-0-1; $921,050.

Last start: Won Florida Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 97.

Positives: Hall of Fame trainer, hot jockey.

Negatives: Male-line descendants of A.P. Indy are 0 for 35 in the Derby.

17. Will Take Charge (20-1)

Jockey: Jon Court. Winless in two previous Derby tries.

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas.

Sire: Unbridled's Song (Unbridled); Dam: Take Charge Lady (Dehere).

Record, earnings: 7: 3-1-0; $545,371.

Last start: Won Rebel Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 95

Positives: Coming off career-best race.

Negatives: Finished 13th, beaten 25 12 lengths, in lone start at Churchill Downs.

18. Frac Daddy (50-1)

Jockey: Victor Lebron. Twenty-four-year-old makes Derby debut.

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek. Winless with four previous Derby starters.

Sire: Scat Daddy (Johannesburg); Dam: Skipper's Mate (Skip Away).

Record, earnings: 6: 1-3-0; $288,116.

Last start: Second, Arkansas Derby.

Top Beyer figure: 91.

Positives: Finished in top 2 at CD at age 2.

Negatives: Has shown little in past 3 starts.

19. Java's War (15-1)

Jockey: Julien Leparoux. Off the board in all six Derby starts.

Trainer: Ken McPeek.

Sire: War Pass (Cherokee Run); Dam: Java*GB (Rainbow Quest).

Record, earnings: 7: 3-1-1; $672,091.

Last start: Won Blue Grass Stakes.

Top Beyer figure: 96.

Positives: Impressive late closing kick; will be flying late.

Negatives: Winless in two career starts on dirt, not training well.

20. Vyjack (15-1)

Jockey: Garrett Gomez. Winless in nine Derby mounts.

Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez. Saddles first Derby starter.

Sire: Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday); Dam: Life Happened (Stravinsky).

Record, earnings: 5: 4-0-1; $542,200.

Last start: Third, Wood Memorial.

Top Beyer figure: 96.

Positives: Versatile colt able to lead or stalk.

Negatives: Hasn't beaten much in his four career wins.

—Compiled by Trib staff writer John Grupp

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