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Denk on Horses

Profile: Santiva

In order to hit the board, Santiva needs to run back to his effort in the Risen Star while stretching out to 1 1/4 miles.

Profile: Animal Kingdom

There are an awful lot of things to like about Animal Kingdom, but there is one giant unknown: Can he run on dirt?

Profile: Shackleford

There is a good chance Shackleford will be underestimated again in Louisville, pace and distance concerns notwithstanding.

Profile: Stay Thirsty

In order to compete in this Derby, Stay Thirsty would need to improve on his two best races. That’s asking an awful lot.

Profile: Soldat

Soldat is a fast horse, but his profile doesn’t scream Kentucky Derby winner.

Profile: Nehro

Nehro is a serious contender to hit the board. With just a little improvement, he becomes a win candidate.

Profile: Midnight Interlude

Going up in class while facing a ton of new variables, the Derby for Midnight Interlude is likely to be a valuable learning race.

Profile: Brilliant Speed

If Brilliant Speed takes to dirt, he is a logical threat to hit the board in the Derby.

Profile: Dialed In

Dialed In does something I love to see: He runs big every time he goes to post.

Profile: Uncle Mo

Uncle Mo deserved the hype, and he still deserves consideration in the Derby.