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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2001


Turf Paradise winner to enter Derby field

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Turf Paradise Derby winner Startac will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Simon Bray said, bringing the number of probable starters for Saturday's race to 19.

Bray said his plans for Startac were to run Friday in the Grade III Crown Royal American Turf on the grass at Churchill Downs.

"The owners expressed an interest in the Derby and the horse is doing good and has been training well," Bray said.

"Like everybody says, there's only one Kentucky Derby so we thought we'd take a chance."

Bray said jockey Alex Solis would ride Startac in the Derby.

Startac recorded his most important career victory Feb. 3, four lengths in the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby in Phoenix.

The bay colt is owned by the trust of the late Allen Paulson.

OUT WITH A COLD: Winless colt Tincin will not run in the Derby after developing a cold, trainer Steve LaRue said.

LaRue said Tincin, who never has finished better than fifth in seven races, developed a cough a week ago after a workout at Churchill Downs. He decided to pull Tincin when antibiotics failed to clear up the problem.

"To go against these guys, he needed to be 120 percent," LaRue said from his home in Henderson, Ky. "The other horses only need to be at 100 percent, but we needed that extra 20 percent just to have a shot."

Tincin, who has only $390 in career earnings, probably would have been assigned 99-1 odds of winning, the longest allowable, said Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.

The colt has lost all four races this year, including two last-place finishes at Turfway Park.

Although Churchill Downs officials had the right to block Tincin from running, LaRue said he wasn't forced out.

"The people at Churchill Downs have been great to us," LaRue said. "They've helped us out in every way possible."

The last winless horse, or "maiden," to run in the Kentucky Derby was Nationalore in 1998.

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