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horse racing kentucky derby2017 Kentucky Derby Entries

Date: 5/03/2017

On Wednesday at 11am, final entries were taken and post positions were drawn for the 143th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1). A full field of 20 three-year-olds will go 1 1/4 miles on Saturday at Churchill Downs. 22 horses were entered, with Royal Mo and Master Plan getting in as also eligibles who can draw in the race if there are scratches by 9am Friday.

Churchill Downs uses the traditional double-blind draw to select the post positions. After the numbers were drawn by Director of Racing Ben Huffman and Assistant Racing Secretary Dan Bork, handicapper Mike Battaglia announced the morning line. Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire is the 4-1 morning line favorite out of post 14, off his win in the Arkansas Derby (G1). Julien Leparoux gets the call for trainer Mark Casse. Two horses are at 5-1 second choice. Always Dreaming drew post 5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. He comes here off a 3 race win streak including the Florida Derby (G1) for his final prep. John Velazquez will be in the irons. Brian Hernandez Jr. will be aboard McCraken in post 15 for trainer Ian Wilkes. He won his first 4 starts including the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) as a juvenile at Churchill Downs, but was 3rd in the Blue Grass (G2) last out.

Below is the field listed in post position order with morning line odds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star next to the dosage index indicates a dual qualifier. You can check the latest weather forecasts here. Currently the outlook is not good, with rain predicted for Friday and Saturday, but hopefully that will change for the better as we get closer to raceday.

The Kentucky Derby will be televised on NBC from 4:00-7:30pm EDT but you can watch most of the Derby card on NBC Sports Network from 12:00-4:00pm. Free past performances for the Kentucky Derby are available here and will be available here. (scroll down to find the Derby horses for the link). The Kentucky Derby goes off at 6:24pm ET, carded as Race 11 of a 14-race card on Saturday May 6th.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2017 Kentucky Derby?

Always Dreaming
Battle of Midway
Classic Empire
Fast and Accurate
Irish War Cry
J Boys Echo
Lookin at Lee
Practical Joke
State of Honor
Thunder Snow
Royal Mo
Master Plan

1Lookin at LeeSteve Asmussen3.40 Corey Lanerie20-1
2Thunder SnowSaeed bin Suroor0.89 Christophe Soumillon20-1
3Fast and AccurateMike Maker1.86 Channing Hill50-1
4UntrappedSteve Asmussen2.08 Ricardo Santana Jr.30-1
5Always DreamingTodd Pletcher5.00 John Velazquez5-1
6State of HonorMark Casse3.00 Jose Lezcano30-1
7GirvinJoe Sharp2.11 Mike Smith15-1
8HenceSteve Asmussen3.31 Florent Geroux15-1
9IrapDoug O'Neill2.50 Mario Gutierrez20-1
10GunneveraAntonio Sano2.00 *Javier Castellano15-1
11Battle of MidwayJerry Hollendorfer2.83 Flavien Prat30-1
12SonneteerKeith Desormeaux5.00 Kent Desormeaux50-1
13J Boys EchoDale Romans4.09 Luis Saez20-1
14Classic EmpireMark Casse5.00 Julien Leparoux4-1
15McCrakenIan Wilkes2.43 *Brian Hernandez Jr.5-1
16TapwritTodd Pletcher3.00 Jose Ortiz20-1
17Irish War CryGraham Motion3.00 Rajiv Maragh6-1
18GormleyJohn Shirreffs2.25 *Victor Espinoza15-1
19Practical JokeChad Brown3.00 *Joel Rosario20-1
20PatchTodd Pletcher3.00 Tyler Gaffalione30-1
21-AERoyal MoJohn Shirreffs1.50 Gary Stevens20-1
22-AEMaster PlanTodd Pletcher2.20 John Velazquez50-1
                                          * = dual qualifier
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