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'Todd Squad' returns for another Derby try

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The "Todd Squad" is back for another crack at the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out four of the 20 horses in the 1¼-mile Run for the Roses on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Danza, the impressive winner of the Arkansas Derby, tops the quartet. He was 8-1 on the morning line with Joe Bravo set to ride.

Named for the star of the 1980s sitcom "Who's the Boss," Danza will be making only his fifth start. He showed promise at 2, finishing a close third in the Saratoga Special.

He returned to run third in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park before delivering a 4¾-length win in the Arkansas Derby at 41-1.

It was a strong effort, from both the visual and the speed perspectives.

"His comeback race in Florida was better than it looked and his Arkansas Derby speaks for itself," Pletcher said. "He's been doing well and we have been pleased with how he's coming up to this race."

Intense Holiday, also 8-1, was most recently second in the Louisiana Derby. John Velazquez will be aboard. The colt hit the board in three races this year, all stakes. He won the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds in February and returned there to get second in the Louisiana Derby.

Vinceremos and jockey Joe Rocco Jr. were 30-1 after stopping badly in the Blue Grass Stakes. Before that, he had shown steady improvement over the winter, winning the S.F. Davis Stakes and finishing second in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014

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Ravens' Rice is 'ashamed, sorry' for assault case

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault charges stemming from an incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. His lawyer said Rice is "ashamed" and "sorry" about his conduct but would not specify exactly what Rice did.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014

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Being mayor, player aided Johnson in Sterling push

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is on a winning streak.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014

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Richard Petty upset over Ambrose' $25,000 fine

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose says he understands the $25,000 fine NASCAR levied against him for punching Casey Mears in the face.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014

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Heisman winner Winston accused of taking crab legs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation after sheriff's deputies said he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014

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