However, the combination of Empire Maker's Wood victory and the steady
erosion of the competition is likely to create one of the
shortest-priced Derby favorites in the last quarter century. Empire
Maker is a strapping dark bay colt with the entire package: nimble feet
for the break, tactical speed to get into a race and the stamina to
hold off closers. And on Saturday he proved he can handle an off track,
covering the mile and an eighth in 1:48.70.