I like Archarcharch (based on that stretch-running 98 Beyer fig in the Arkansas Derby) and Mucho Macho Man (who finished third in the Louisiana Derby despite leaving his shoe at the gate), and I'll box them in the exacta with Shackleford (who ran a smart second in the Florida Derby).


Elsewhere, I like Bourbon With Ice, and I'll put it in a superfecta with Bourbon And Soda, Bourbon Neat, and Shot Of Bourbon I'll Come To Regret. If I'm feeling frisky, I might try a Pick Six with Several Beers and My Girlfriend's Half-Finished Solo Cup Of Wine. Of course, don't count out Foolish Comment, Public Recrimination, and Loud Argument In The Bergen Street Subway Station. Foolish Comment has a great pedigree for this distance. He is by That One Thing I Said On New Year's out of Jesus Christ, How Was I Supposed To Know His Mom Had Leukemia.

As for bet-againsts: Stay away from Mint Julep In A Glass With The Rough Dimensions Of Man O' War. Stay far away. I really don't like your odds there. And Dialed In, the morning-line favorite, has yet to show he can rally at a mile and a quarter.