04/26/2007 12:00AM

Leparoux to ride Sedgefield


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Julien Leparoux has been named to ride Sedgefield in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Darrin Miller told Churchill Downs officials Wednesday morning.

Sedgefield, one of two Derby prospects that Miller trains for Silverton Hills Farm, figures as one of the longer prices in the May 5 race, having finished fourth as the favorite in his last start, the April 6 Transylvania Stakes on the Keeneland turf course.

The naming of Leparoux, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2006, leaves only Zanjero without a rider among the 20 horses who appear likely to make the cutoff on the graded-earnings list. Steve Asmussen has declined to commit a rider to Zanjero, pending late developments before entry time Wednesday.