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.


I’m on a horse in this race that could turn the tables on Gun Runner. I have to get a lot of things done and done right to even give myself a chance to beat him. I need to get out of the gate and get in a place that I feel is happy and comfortable for my horse and then see where everyone’s at.

“I have to fire my A+ race and a few things have to go our way, which can happen in horse racing.”

Mike Smith, who will ride Collected in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The pair ran second to Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar last November

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