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Kentucky Derby 2018 Draw

Kentucky Derby 2018 Draw

Needless to say, he knows how to condition a horse to be their best on the biggest days in racing. He finished second to Audible in only his third career start in the Florida Derby. Arkansas Derby victor Magnum Moon, who like Justify did not race as a 2-year-old, is the third choice at 6-1. Solomini ended up in the No. 17 post; no horse has ever won from there.

"We didn't want the 1-hole, that's for sure", the four-time Derby victor said.

"The first time I worked him at Santa Anita, I knew he was a really good horse", he said.

Victor of the Santa Anita Derby last time out, Justify is brilliant but practically a baby - three wins in three career starts, all as a 3-year-old - and figures to get plenty of top-flight competition come Saturday.

Two runners-My Boy Jack and Hofburg-are long shots and unlikely winners but have a chance to capture a top-four finish and create big paydays for exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagers.

"The thing about the Kentucky Derby, you have to have the right horse".

Indeed, dubbed the 3-1 morning-line favorite by Churchill oddsmaker Mike Battaglia, Justify will start from the No. 7 post position in the 20-horse field, believed to be one of the strongest in recent memory. Audible drew the No. 5 post, the same position from which Always Dreaming began his victorious run a year ago.

As sons of top sire Scat Daddy, Justify will compete against his half-brother Mendelssohn.

Fan-favorite Audible, which has gotten backing by the audiobook company of the same name, took the fifth post, which historically has been extremely friendly to horses. He started with one horse. The draw for post positions is set for late this morning (Tuesday, May 1) at the track. Current Saints' owner Gayle Benson will reportedly be in attendance to watch Lone Sailor between Pelicans playoff games. While having four horses in the race is a blessing, for the draw it can be a curse. If Justify wins, he'd be the first to do so since Apollo in 1882 without racing as a 2-year-old. So, Justify looks to break a 136-year-old dry spell. "Todd's going to have his (horse) ready, and Baffert is going to have his".

When it comes right down to it, however, is the post position draw really that important?

"Ideally we wouldn't have three in the auxiliary gate", Pletcher said. Beyond that, Posts 18-20 have yielded just one victor, and nine in the money finishes between them. My Boy Jack will likely go off at odds exceeding 30-1 but he does his best running late and he will be passing horses as the field begins to tire down the stretch.

Post No. 5 is the magic number, with 10 champions starting out of that gate. Florida Derby victor Audible and Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d'Oro are each 8-1. "We'd really have a 1-2 here".

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