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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Derby post position draw set; McGaughey-trained Orb, Verrazano morning line favorites

The 139th Kentucky Derby post position draw is set, and it looks like this:

BLACK ONYX (Post position 1, morning line 50-1)

“Saturday we hope to make it the winningest post position in Kentucky Derby history. We know Oxbow isn’t the best of breakers; it’s not a bad horse to be next to. We’re going to make the best of what we can. We’re going to go back and look at all the different things, different scenarios, and we’ll put all those different things in to Joe’s head and he’s going to go out there and ride his race anyway,” said Kelly Breen, trainer.

Jockey Joe Bravo added, “My whole life I’ve dreamed about being number one and I got number one today!”

OXBOW (Post position 2, morning line 30-1)

“There’s five or six horses right near us (Oxbow) that are not very quick, in my opinion, so we’ll probably get a pretty good run up the rail It’s the shortest way around there if they’ll leave us alone.,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

REVOLUTIONARY (Post position 3, morning line 10-1)

“I’m happy with it. (Jockey) Calvin (Borel) is going to want to get to the inside with this horse as soon as he can and drawing inside like this only makes it easier for him,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.

GOLDEN SOUL (Post position 4, morning line 50-1)

Trainer Dallas Stewart said, “I think it’s a fair draw. Robby (Albarado) will take care of everything. We’re confident we got him aboard, and we’ll be ready to roll on Saturday. Glad to have him. … The one hole might have compromised us, because of the rail or whatever, but hey, it is what it is. We’re happy. Hopefully, we’ll get the horse over there good and healthy and have a good day Saturday.’’

NORMANDY INVASION (Post position 5, morning line 12-1)

“Other than it was Eight Belles’ number, I’m happy with it. I’m not going to be superstitious about that. With the numbers that were left, we were very happy with five. (Javier) Castellano wanted to be further inside than Chad (Brown). We were thinking eight, nine, 10, but Javier wanted to be further inside. I think he’ll be happy with it. If he’s happy, we’re happy,” said owner Rick Porter.

MYLUTE (Post position 6, morning line 15-1)

“I really didn’t care what post we got until about 20 seconds before and then I was really hoping for the six,” said trainer Tom Amoss. (Mylute was the last name pulled, after Charming Kitten in 15 and Black Onyx in 1).

GIANT FINISH (Post position 7, morning line 50-1)

No representatives were at the draw.

GOLDENCENTS (Post position 8, morning line 5-1)

Trainer Doug O’Neill: “I love it. Kevin (Krigger) doesn’t have to sit in the gate; then he can pick his spot. We’re going to bring it back home.”

OVERANALYZE (Post position 9, morning line 15-1)

Speaking about both Overanalyze and Palace Malice, in post position 10, trainer Todd Pletcher said, “It’s a good spot for the two of them. They don’t have to load early and stand from those spots, which is a good thing. Loading later can be an advantage.”

PALACE MALICE (Post position 10, morning line 20-1)

LINES OF BATTLE (Post position 11, morning line 30-1)

T.J. Comerford (head traveling lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien) said, “It’s grand. A good post position. He’s drawn in the middle of them. It’s a good draw. It’s better than being low and missing the break and being stuck in behind. At least from 11 he can jump out and find his position.”

ITSMYLUCKYDAY (Post position 12, morning line 15-1)

“I love it. It was one of the numbers I wanted. We’ve got Goldencents inside of us. I’m tickled to death,” said Eddie Plesa Jr.

FALLING SKY (Post position 13, morning line 50-1)

“I think it’s fine for us. We pretty much drew outside most of the potential speed except a horse like Verrazano. We’re happy with the post,” said trainer John Terranova.

VERRAZANO (Post position 14, morning line 4-1)

On Verrazano and Charming Kitten, in post position 15, trainer Todd Pletcher said, “I’m happy with these spots. We have the main gate and the auxiliary gate between us and that gives us some space. It’ll be good for the riders.”

CHARMING KITTEN (Post position 15, morning line 20-1)

ORB (Post position 16, morning line 7-2)

“There was a lot of anticipation, maybe more anticipation than I remember, but I’m pleased with the 16 and we’ll take it from there. I think from where he is we’ll try to hold our position and maybe try to creep in a little bit around the first turn and then (Joel Rosario) can watch what’s going on inside of him. He can watch what Johnny (Velazquez) is doing on Verrazano. If Johnny thinks Orb is the horse to beat he’s going to be watch what we’re doing to,” said trainer Shug McGaughey.

(See KyForward’s recent story about McGaughey here.

WILL TAKE CHARGE (Post position 17, morning line 20-1)

“I wasn’t too crazy about the two hole (for Oxbow), but I realize there’s not a lot of speed on the inside. We might be clear. The other one (Will Take Charge), I’m very happy with,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.

FRAC DADDY (Post position 18, morning line 50-1)

Trainer Ken McPeek said, “I was worried about Frac Daddy drawing down inside. When he didn’t that was a good thing.

JAVA’S WAR (Post position 19, morning line 15-1)

VYJACK (Post position 20, morning line 15-1)

“It’s OK. Last year, I’ll Have Another won it from outside. Big Brown won it from outside. We’re happy. It’s all good,” said Rudy Rodriguez, trainer.

Information from Churchill Downs

You might also be interested in reading Liane Crossley’s rundown of the Derby field on KyForward. Click here.



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