Undefeated Verrazano Heads Derby Field

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The field for the 139th Kentucky Derby came into focus with a number of declarations Monday and Tuesday, including a last-minute addition to reach a 20-horse capacity.

Trainer Bob Baffert ruled out both Louisiana Derby runner-up Code West and Sunland Derby hero Governor Charlie for the race and conditioner Todd Pletcher nixed the chances of wheeling back Lexington Stakes victor Winning Cause on two weeks rest.

Tiz a Minister, the third-place finisher from last Saturday’s Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park, was also removed from consideration by trainer Paul Aguirre.

Those defections guaranteed Golden Soul, who had been short on the points Leaderboard with only 14, a spot in...

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