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Verrazano regains No. 1 spot in AP Derby rankings

Monday - 4/8/2013, 5:42pm  ET

In this photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Verrazano, front right, with John Velazquez aboard, captures The Grade I Wood Memorial stakes horse race at Aqueduct Race Track in New York, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Normandy Invasion (red helmet) was second and Vyjack (pink helmet) was third. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)

RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verrazano will attempt to break a longstanding Kentucky Derby jinx -- win the race without having run as a 2-year-old.

It's been done before, but only once in 138 previous runnings, and that occurred in 1882 when Apollo won the Run for the Roses.

Since 1937, 57 3-year-olds have tried and failed to win the Derby without having raced at 2. Three finished second, Coaltown in 1948, Strodes Creek in 1994 and Bodemeister last year, and four others finished third. The rest? Off the board.

After winning the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct over the weekend, an unbeaten Verrazano will take his turn on May 4. On Monday, the colt reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the AP's latest Run to the Roses' Top 10 list of Derby contenders, with Florida Derby winner Orb dropping to second.

Bryan Sullivan of co-owner Let's Go Stable says the topic has been discussed, noting Verrazano was set to run in late December but a suitable race was unavailable. The colt's first race was the day he turned 3 -- Jan. 1, 2013 -- and he won by 7
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