Wicked Strong running for Boston in Derby

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Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Wicked Strong for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Wicked Strong for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Wicked Strong for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Monday, April 28, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hot walker Francisco Ugarte holds Kentucky Derby hopeful Wicked Strong after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Monday, April 28, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wicked Strong has a built-in fan base for the Kentucky Derby. Like the entire city of Boston.

The colt named in honor of the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings figures to be among the favorites for Saturday’s race. He’s got the credentials, having impressively won the Wood Memorial.

Wicked Strong is owned by a Boston-based partnership that has pledged to donate 5 percent of any money won by the 3-year-old colt during the Triple Crown series to the fund set up for the bombing victims.

The colt is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, a son of Hall of Famer Allen Jerkins, who never won the Derby in three tries.

Jerkens says having the city of Boston supporting Wicked Strong might be an “extra force” to carry him into the winner’s circle.

Associated Press

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