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.

 

“He did too well not to run here,” Violette said of the decision. “Everything he did said run. He ate well, he shipped up here well, he breezed well last Sunday and came out of it good, his blood work came back well, so [I said], ‘OK, stupid, stop being a chicken and run him.’”

“I will talk to the owners and enjoy this race but the Jockey Gold Cup will certainly be part of the plan.

Rick Violette, Jr., Trainer of the winner

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