Post Positions Set for the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Field
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.

TwinSpires.com‘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.

 

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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