Todd Pletcher set his tentative lineup for
the Kentucky Derby on Friday, and it's a doozy - a record-equaling
The trainer said his probable starters are Any Given Saturday,
Circular Quay, Cowtown Cat, Scat Daddy and Sam. P. If all five run,
it would match records set by two Hall of Famers: Wayne Lukas in
1996, and Nick Zito two years ago.
Pletcher also said he's got a tentative list of riders for the
May 5 Derby: John Velazquez for Circular Quay, Edgar Prado for Scat
Daddy, Garrett Gomez for Any Given Saturday, Fernando Jara for
Cowtown Cat and Ramon Dominguez for Sam P.
He may have another Derby prospect in Deadly Dealer, who is
running in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby.
Lukas won the 1996 Derby with Grindstone, while Zito's best
finish in 2005 was seventh by Bellamy Road.
Pletcher is looking for his first Derby victory - he's 0-for-14
in six Derbys.
Pletcher's quintet is formidable.
Scat Daddy won the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby at
Gulfstream Park; Circular Quay won the Louisiana Derby; Cowtown Cat
captured the Illinois Derby; Any Given Saturday won the Sam F.
Davis, finished second in the Tampa Bay Derby and ran third in the
Wood Memorial; and Sam P. was second in the Robert Lewis and third
in the Santa Anita Derby.