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.

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.

 

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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