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Kentucky Derby has no clear-cut favorite

Picking the favorite for the Kentucky Derby may be as tough as picking the winner.

Without a breakthrough star heading into the May 5 Derby, there’s a stable full of 3-year-olds worthy of the leading role as horse to beat when a full field of 20 spring from the starting gate at Churchill Downs.

Let’s start with Union Rags, who opened on top and now finishes No. 1 on the AP’s final Run to the Roses’ Top 10 list of Derby contenders. Other potential Derby favorites are Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Gemologist and I’ll Have Another.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia says he’s leaning toward making Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister the favorite when he sets the morning line next week.

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