PENPIX-Horse Racing-Profiles of Participants in Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, May 5 (Reuters) - Brief profiles of participants for the 137th Kentucky Derby, to be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday

(Post Position, HORSE, Jockey, Trainer, Odds)

1. ARCHARCHARCH; Jon Count; William "Jinks" Fires; 10-1; Won the Arkansas Derby at his start in April.

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2. BRILLIANT SPEED; Joel Rosario; Tom Albertrani; 30-1; Has won just two of his eight career starts but booked his place in the field by winning the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Yet to win on dirt but is bred to run the distance.

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3. TWICE THE APPEAL; Calvin Borel; Jeff Bonde; 20-1; Borel has won this race three times in the past four years and would be the first to win three in a row with a victory on Saturday.

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4. STAY THIRSTY; Ramon Dominguez; Todd Pletcher; 20-1; A stablemate of Uncle Mo. Pletcher trained last year's winner Super Saver. Stay Thirsty has won two of six career starts.

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5. DECISIVE MOMENT; Kerwin Clark; Juan Arias; 30-1; Earned his spot after finishing runner-up in last month's Spiral Stakes. Expected to lead early but distance a query.

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6. COMMA TO THE TOP; Patrick Valenzuela; Peter Miller; 30-1; Won six times as a two year old but yet to win this season and was a close runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby. Valenzuela won the 1989 Kentucky Derby on Sunday Silence.

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7. PANTS ON FIRE; Rosie Napravnik; Kelly Breen; 20-1; Won last month's Louisville Derby. Napravnik is just the sixth woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby and bidding to become the first winner.

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8. DIALED IN; Julien Laparoux; Nick Zito; 4-1; Almost certain to start the race as favorite after a brilliant last-to-first win in the Florida Derby. His trainer Nick Zito has already won the Kentucky Derby twice, with Strike The Gold (1991) and Go For Gin (1994).

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9. DERBY KITTEN; Javier Castellano; Mike Maker; 30-1; A stablemate of Twinspired who snuck into the field after the late withdrawal of Toby's. Won the Lexington Stakes.

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10. TWINSPIRED; Mike Smith; Mike Maker; 30-1; Runner-up to Brilliant Speed in the Blue Grass. Smith won the 2005 Kentucky Derby on Giacomo and was the regular rider of last year's horse of the year, Zenyatta.

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11. MASTER OF HOUNDS; Ryan Moore; Aiden O'Brien; 30-1; Trained in Ireland, Master of Hounds is the only international entry in the race. At his most recent start, he finished second in the UAE Derby at Dubai.

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12. SANTIVA; Shaun Bridgmohan; Eddie Kenneally; 30-1; Won the Kentucky Jockey Club over a mile and an eighth at Churchill Downs at the end of last season but yet to win in two starts this year. Was the favorite for the Blue Grass but could only manage ninth place.

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13. MUCHO MACHO MAN; Rajiv Maragh; Kathy Ritvo; 12-1; Ritvo is a heart-transplant survivor saddling up her first starter in America's greatest race. Mucho Macho Man won the Risen Star two starts ago and was third in the Louisiana Derby at his most recent outing.

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14. SHACKLEFORD; Jesus Castanon; Dale Romans; 12-1; A close runner-up to Dialed In at the Florida Derby. Trained locally by Romans, who prepared the third place getter last season.

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15. MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE; Victor Espinoza; Bob Baffert; 10-1; Lightly raced colt who only began his career in January but is reaching his peak at the right time after winning his last start, the Santa Anita Derby. Baffert won the Kentucky Derby three times between 1997 and 2002. On the last occasion, he teamed up with Espinoza to win with War Emblem.

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16. ANIMAL KINGDOM; Robby Albarado; H. Graham Motion; 30-1; Has had two wins and two seconds from his four starts. In his most recent recent outing, he won the Grade 3 Vinery Racing Spiral. Albarado is best known as the regular rider of two-time horse of the year Curlin.

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17. SOLDAT; Alan Garcia; Kiaran McLaughlin; 30-1; Has won two of his three starts this season including the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. McLaughlin prepared the 2006 horse of the year, Invasor. Garcia won the 2008 Belmont Stakes on Da'Tara, spoiling Big Brown's hopes of completing the Triple Crown.

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18. UNCLE MO; John Velazquez; Todd Pletcher; 9-2; Was the early favourite after being named last season's best two year old, highlighted by his victory in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Was beaten for the first time at his last start and is battling an infection.

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19. NEHRO; Corey Nakatani; Steve Asmussen; 6-1; Runner-up at both the Arkansas Derby and Louisiana Derby. Asmussen, who has trained two horse-of-the-year winners, is chasing his first Kentucky Derby win.

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20. WATCH ME GO; Rafael Bejarano; Kathleen O'Connell; 50-1; The longshot of the field after drawing the widest post position. Won the Tampa Bay Derby two starts ago but could only manage sixth at the Illinois Derby. O'Connell joins Kathy Ritvo as the only female trainers in the race. (Compiled by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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