Even with the defection of Street Sense, next weeks Belmont Stakes is expecting, as of this moment, a field of five.

Be still my heart.

However, there will be no such shortage in the Belmonts British equivalent, todays mile and a half Epsom Derby. No fewer than 18 rivals will line up to challenge the prohibitive favorite, Authorized.

In an apparent effort not to be outdone by Americas Todd Pletcher and his classics quest, the prolific Aidan OBrien will saddle eight runners in todays race and 36-year-old jockey Frankie Dettori will try to ride his first Epsom Derby winner after 14 failed attempts.

The dominance of Authorized and the presence of the redoubtable Dettori aboard has resulted in the colt becoming one of the shortest-priced favorites in the wagering thus far. In fact, a victory by this team would cost British bookmakers over 30 million pounds.