Post Positions Set for the 143rd Kentucky Derby

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Churchill Downs set the field for the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Wednesday.

Churchill Downs officials held the post position draw for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday morning.

The field of 20 horses, plus alternates Royal Mo and Master Plan, will run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. The post time for the race is 6:34 p.m.‘s Mike Battaglia assigned the morning line odds for the race, and named Classic Empire — who was given the No. 14 position — the early favorite for the race at 4-1.

Aside from Classic Empire, Always Dreaming (No. 4) was set at 5-1, McCraken (No. 15) was set at 5-1 and Irish War Cry (No. 17) was set at 6-1.

The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live on NBC, and coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the first race of the day at Churchill is set to start at 10:30 a.m.


He’s an amazing horse and I thought that he went beautiful today,” Asmussen said. “I’m very appreciative of (Track Superintendent) Pedro (Zavala) and (Senior Director of Racing) Jason (Boulet). The racetrack was in just pristine, perfect condition for a work that we felt was this important.”

Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen, about the grand champ, Gun Runner, following his work on the main track at the Fair Grounds Sunday

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