Here is staff writer Craig Donnelly's top-10 list for the May 5 running of the Kentucky Derby.
Horse Trainer Jockey Comment
1. Street Sense Nafzger Borel Juvenile champ tops solid Blue Grass field; won Tampa Bay Derby after layoff with strong late kick.
2. Curlin Asmussen Albarado Perfect in two impressive starts and romped at Oaklawn in Rebel; heads Arkansas Derby field.
3. Hard Spun Jones Pino Locally owned winner of five of six starts. He will skip the Blue Grass Stakes to work out at Churchill Downs.
4. Great Hunter O'Neill Nakatani Chester County-bred convincing in return score.
He will enter the Blue Grass Stakes next.
5. Nobiz Like Shobiz Tagg Velasquez Captured Wood Memorial in determined effort with blinkers; he is set for the Derby.
6. Circular Quay Pletcher Velazquez He has a slow fuse but can fly in the stretch; he needs help with the pace on Derby day.
7. Scat Daddy Pletcher Velazquez He earned honors as the top 3-year-old this winter in Florida; peaking at the right time.
8. Notional O'Neill Albarado He backed up a pair of wins with a runner-up finish in the Florida Derby; same connections as Great Hunter.
9. Cowtown Cat Pletcher Jara He wired modest opposition in the Illinois Derby after Gotham score; showing steady progress.
10. Any Given Saturday Pletcher Velazquez Outfinished by Nobiz in the Wood; nosed by Street Sense previously.
Others to consider: Chelokee, Deadly Dealer, Tiago, Dominican.