LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sunrise Stable announced yesterday that Giant Finish, third in the Spiral at Turfway Park, will be entered Wednesday in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. That would push fellow long shot Fear the Kitten down to 21st in the maximum field of 20. Giant Finish, co-owned and bred by Andrew Cohen, has 10 graded-stakes points, four more than Fear the Kitten. Cohen and co-owner Gary Tolchin were part-owners of 2008 Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown.

Trainer Tony Dutrow said he'd been pointing the New York-bred colt to an allowance race at Belmont Park.

"I am so surprised at all of this," Dutrow said.

He will van Giant Finish on Wednesday from Maryland but said he won't be here Saturday to saddle him.

Also, the owners of Carving (22nd on the list) said he might run if there are two defections.

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Star-studded Oaks

Three unbeaten 3-year-old fillies -- Unlimited Budget, Midnight Lucky and Close Hatches -- were entered for Friday's Kentucky Oaks, and none is the favorite in an unusually talented field of 11. That role belongs to trainer Todd Pletcher's Dreaming of Julia (3-1). Pletcher also will run Unlimited Budget, Princess of Sylmar and Silsita.

Mudders' day?

For Saturday, the Weather Channel predicts a 40-percent chance of rain.