Kentucky Derby draw: Archarcharch gets dreaded #1, favorite Dialed In #8

Kentucky Derby (gr. I)
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Archarcharch Jon Court Jinks Fires 10-1
2 Brilliant Speed Joel Rosario Tom Albertrani 30-1
3 Twice the Appeal Calvin Borel Jeff Bonde 20-1
4 Stay Thirsty Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher 20-1
5 Decisive Moment Kerwin Clark Juan Arias 30-1
6 Comma to the Top Patrick Valenzuela Peter Miller 30-1
7 Pants On Fire Rosie Napravnik Kelly Breen 20-1
8 Dialed In Julien Leparoux Nick Zito 4-1
9 Derby Kitten Javier Castellano Mike Maker 30-1
10 Twinspired Mike Smith Mike Maker 30-1
11 Master of Hounds Garrett Gomez Aidan O'Brien 30-1
12 Santiva Shaun Bridgmohan Eddie Kenneally 30-1
13 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh Kathy Ritvo 12-1
14 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 12-1
15 Midnight Interlude Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 10-1
16 Animal Kingdom Robby Albarado H. Graham Motion 30-1
17 Soldat Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin 12-1
18 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 9-2
19 Nehro Corey Nakatani Steve Asmussen 6-1
20 Watch Me Go Rafael Bejarano Kathleen O' Connell 50-1

The all-important Derby draw offered the usual mix of restrained and unrestrained reactions from owners and trainers. Comma To The Top’s connections could not hide their relief when they avoided the dreaded #1 position.  That fell to serious contender Archarcharch, whose odds were raised to 10-1 from 8-1 based on the misfortune. Dialed In was installed as the 4-1 favorite and will start from position #8.  Handicappers will analyze all of the postpositions compared to each horse’s running style, but we’ve learned there is nothing close to certainty at any point in a 20-deep horse race. The complete list of entries, post positions, pps, video, and more can be found on the contender page here// Animal Kingdom’s rider Robby Albarado took a spill before a race at Churchill Wednesday and was rushed to the hospital.  His facial injuries will most likely not keep him out of the Derby Saturday// Almost all Derby entries were on the track today.  Most attention is centered on Uncle Mo as his appearance and activity are closely scrutinized.  Mike Welsch believes he was lighter in weight from last week, and owner Mike Repole is still uncertain of his running status.  A team of vets will closely examine Uncle Mo on Thursday and a decision should be announced by Friday// Of the other contenders on the track, Welsch commented Soldat, Archarcharch, Shackleford,, Mucho Macho Man, and Twinspired were on the muscle galloping over the dry track// more…

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