Group of horses put in final work before Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Union Rags led a field of Kentucky Derby hopefuls that dotted the track on Saturday morning during a 15-minute period reserved for contenders at Churchill Downs.

The horse that's followed a similar plan that trainer Michael Matz used with 2006 Derby winner Barbaro ran five furlongs in 59.80 to lead a group putting in their final work that included Blue Grass Stakes winner Dullahan as well as Prospective and Went the Day Well in preparation for next Saturday's race.

Another hopeful, Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Hansen, who topped Union Rags by a head in November here, worked five furlongs at the nearby trackside center. Meanwhile, Alpha worked out at Belmont Park in New York and Done Talking did the same at Laurel Park in Maryland.