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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001

Meetyouathebrig wins one-mile Derby Trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Meetyouathebrig opened the Churchill Downs meet on a sunny, breezy Saturday with a solid victory in the Derby Trial.

None of the 11 3-year-olds who contested the 1-mile Derby Trial is expected to start in the 127th Kentucky Derby Saturday.

Trainer Ken McPeek had said Gift Of The Eagle could earn a start in the Derby by winning the Derby Trial.

"The question has been answered," McPeek said after Gift Of The Eagle finished sixth.

Meetyouathebrig, ridden by Robby Albarado, swept by the leaders on the outside with about an eighth of a mile remaining and won by 61/4 lengths over Dream Run. He was 1 1/2 lengths ahead of One By The Knows.

Silvertongue Fox finished another head back.

Meetyouathebrig carried 122 pounds over the mile in 1:36 2/5.

Meetyouathebrig and One By The Knows are trained by Elliott Walden, but they were not coupled in the betting because of different ownership.

It was the colt's first victory in three starts this year and fourth in eight career races.

McCARRON REACHES 7,000: Chris McCarron rode his 7,000th winner, guiding Spinelessjellyfish to a narrow victory in the $175,000 Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

McCarron, the career earnings leader, is the seventh jockey to reach 7,000 victories. He said he was happy he did it aboard Spinelessjellyfish, the 5-year-old colt trained by Jenine Sahadi.

"He's a bit tricky to ride at times, but once he gets his head in front, they catch heck trying to get by him," McCarron said. "It was great to hit this milestone on a horse like him."

The Hall of Fame jockey added his 7,001st victory on the card, taking the $70,000 Lakeview Thoroughbred Farms Stakes aboard Cee's Elegance.

Spinelessjellyfish ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:40.77, and paid $8, $5.80 and $3.

Lafitt Pincay, the leader with 9,123 victories, rode Meet Me in Dixie to a sixth-place finish.

Bill Shoemaker is second on the career list with 8,833 wins, followed by Pat Day (7,949), David Gall (7,396), Russell Baze (7,328) and Angel Cordero (7,057).

127th Kentucky Derby

WHEN/WHERE: Post time 6:04 p.m. Saturday; Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.

TV: Ch. 8.

THE FIELD: A maximum of 20, based on graded earnings. The prospective field includes Express Tour, Point Given, Congaree, Monarchos, Millennium Wind, Keats, Jamaican Rum, Balto Star, Fifty Stars, Thunder Blitz, AP Valentine, Invisible Ink, Songandaprayer, Tincin, Talk Is Money and Dollar Bill.

TOP STORY LINE: Bob Baffert is back. A year after Captain Steve's travails made the sport's most recognizable trainer a bit player, Baffert has two top contenders in Point Given and Congaree. "It's good to go hunting for bear with two bullets," Baffert said.

ALMOST TOP STORY LINE: At 54, Laffit Pincay, the winningest jockey, will try to win his second Kentucky Derby on his 20th mount -- Millennium Wind. Pincay, the only person to win five Eclipse Awards, rode Swale to victory in 1984.

BY THE NUMBERS: 34.89 is the performance rate for Monarchos, which is best of all 3-year-olds in the country. (For the explanation of performance rates, access Congaree was second with a 30.06.

SIMULCAST OUTLETS: Tampa Bay Downs will simulcast the Derby and offer wagering on the entire Churchill card Saturday. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Derby Lane also will simulcast and offer wagering. The plaza gate opens at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday. -- Compiled by Brant James.

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