05/01/2003 11:00PM

Derby runner profile: Outta Here

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Strengths: While building a good foundation racing from July to December of his 2-year-old year, Outta Here placed twice in graded stakes before winning a maiden race at a mile at Santa Anita. In July, in only his second start, he beat favored Kafwain in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship before finishing two lengths behind him in the Grade 3 Best Pal. In his only turf start, the Grade 3 Generous at Hollywood, he was beaten less than two lengths by Peace Rules, who that day began a four-race win streak that continued through two major Derby preps, the Louisiana Derby and Blue Grass. To cap off a successful 2-year-old campaign, Outta Here shipped to Louisiana and won the $500,000 Delta Jackpot.

Outta Here will be the first Kentucky Derby starter to have run in Dubai who was not based there, and he is also the only horse in the field to have run the 1 1/4-mile distance. While the Derby favorites have been running in short fields and traveling more traditional routes to the Derby, he ran in a full field of 14 in the UAE Derby in late March and held on for fourth after pressing the early pace - a very game race for a horse shipping to another continent who hadn't run since December.

His broodmare sire, Forty Niner, was a neck second to Winning Colors in the 1988 Kentucky Derby.

Weaknesses: It's difficult to gauge how much the trip to Dubai may have taken out of him. He has the benefit of a start at 1 1/4 miles but has raced only once as a 3-year-old. He also lacks a win in graded stakes company, while most of the top contenders have at least one graded stakes win.

Strategy: Traffic trouble is always a factor in a field of this size, but this colt has staying power and his experienced rider, Kent Desormeaux, is a plus. Expect him to sit mid-pack and have a strong late run down the long Churchill stretch.

Value: With Empire Maker taking most of the action, exotics payoffs will be huge if he can be beaten. Outta Here will be one of the longer longshots of the race, probably at odds over 50-1. He has been training at Churchill since his April 27 arrival and can move forward off his last race. Outta Here may be worth using in the bottom slots of trifectas and superfectas.

PEDIGREE PROFILE

SIRE LINE: Dehere was a champion at 2, and his runners have been best up to 1 1/8 miles. His top runners include Take Charge Lady, Graeme Hall, Easyfromthegitgo, Arrested Dreams, Miss Seffens, and Soto. Like Deputy Commander, Dehere is a son of Deputy Minister and a grandson of the 1964 Derby winner, Northern Dancer.

FEMALE FAMILY: Just Out was unraced and Outta Here's second dam, Doubles Match, is a half-sister to Joyeux Danseur and to Danseur Fabuleux, the dam of Arazi and Noverre. Just Out's third dam, stakes winner Native Partner, is the dam of a multiple Group 1 winner, Ajdal and a Fantasy Stakes winner, Flying Partner. Jim French, a Santa Anita Derby winner who finished second in the 1971 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, descends from this family.

PEDIGREE PATTERN: Runners by Dehere have a chance of getting classic distances if they are out of mares by stamina influences, but Outta Here's dam is by a speed influence, Forty Niner. With a double dose of Northern Dancer (through Dehere and Danzig), as well as European stayer, Le Fabuleux in his pedigree, Outta Here would be better suited to turf.

- Pedigree profile by Lauren Stich