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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.
|1||Lookin at Lee||Steve Asmussen||3.40||Corey Lanerie||20-1|
|2||Thunder Snow||Saeed bin Suroor||0.89||Christophe Soumillon||20-1|
|3||Fast and Accurate||Mike Maker||1.86||Channing Hill||50-1|
|4||Untrapped||Steve Asmussen||2.08||Ricardo Santana Jr.||30-1|
|5||Always Dreaming||Todd Pletcher||5.00||John Velazquez||5-1|
|6||State of Honor||Mark Casse||3.00||Jose Lezcano||30-1|
|7||Girvin||Joe Sharp||2.11||Mike Smith||15-1|
|8||Hence||Steve Asmussen||3.31||Florent Geroux||15-1|
|9||Irap||Doug O'Neill||2.50||Mario Gutierrez||20-1|
|10||Gunnevera||Antonio Sano||2.00 *||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|11||Battle of Midway||Jerry Hollendorfer||2.83||Flavien Prat||30-1|
|12||Sonneteer||Keith Desormeaux||5.00||Kent Desormeaux||50-1|
|13||J Boys Echo||Dale Romans||4.09||Luis Saez||20-1|
|14||Classic Empire||Mark Casse||5.00||Julien Leparoux||4-1|
|15||McCraken||Ian Wilkes||2.43 *||Brian Hernandez Jr.||5-1|
|16||Tapwrit||Todd Pletcher||3.00||Jose Ortiz||20-1|
|17||Irish War Cry||Graham Motion||3.00||Rajiv Maragh||6-1|
|18||Gormley||John Shirreffs||2.25 *||Victor Espinoza||15-1|
|19||Practical Joke||Chad Brown||3.00 *||Joel Rosario||20-1|
|20||Patch||Todd Pletcher||3.00||Tyler Gaffalione||30-1|
|21-AE||Royal Mo||John Shirreffs||1.50||Gary Stevens||20-1|
|22-AE||Master Plan||Todd Pletcher||2.20||John Velazquez||50-1|
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