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Talent Rising to the Top in Kentucky Derby Field

What/where: 135th Run for the Roses, Churchill Downs, Louisville

When, TV: Saturday, NBC, 5 p.m. ET; post time about 6:24 p.m.

Distance: 1 1/4 miles. Purse: $2 million. Favorite: I Want Revenge, 3-1.

A flurry of activity occurred before post positions were drawn for the 20-horse field when three possible contenders were withdrawn because of injury in three days. Florida Derby champion Quality Road was sidelined Monday when a quarter crack kept him from a scheduled workout at New York's Belmont Park. Square Eddie (shin) and Win Willy (ankle) soon followed.

The good news for racing fans is that plenty of talent remains.

"You are going to see a lot of horses who go unplaced (out of the top three) in...

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