04/20/2004 11:00PM

Derby update

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WHO'S HOT

Quintons Gold Rush, who won last Saturday's Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, plummeted from last week's 50-1 to 25-1 on the Kentucky Derby future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper. Quintons Gold Rush is attempting to emulate Charismatic, who won the Derby in 1999 after a victory in the Lexington. Sinister G was put back on the top 25 when his connections reconsidered his Derby status. He had been taken out of the Derby following his dull effort in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Watchmaker has him at 60-1.

WHO'S NOT

The lone defection from last week's top 25 was Pomeroy, who was removed from Derby consideration after he competed in the Lexington.