Lookin At Lucky, trained by Bob Baffert, drew the No. 1 post position and favored early morning- line odds of 3-1 for the 136th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Sidney’s Candy, handicapper Mike Battaglia’s second choice at 5-1, will run from the far outside position in the field of 20 horses in Louisville, Kentucky, for the 1¼-mile race on May 1.
The last competitor to win the opening event of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown from the inside position was Ferdinand in 1986.
“When you get a lemon, you make lemonade,” said Lookin At Lucky’s owner Mike Pegram. “We’re making lemonade in the winner’s circle.”
Ice Box, running from the second post; Devil May Care, the only filly, going off from the 11th; and Awesome Act, getting the 16th position, were co-third favorites at 10-1.
Four horses, Dean’s Kitten (8), Make Music for Me (9), Backtalk (18) and Homeboykris (19), were the longest shots at 50-1, according to Battaglia.
Battaglia kept Lookin At Lucky, ridden by Garrett Gomez and trained by Bob Baffert, as the morning-line favorite despite the horse’s post position.
“Lookin At Lucky’s got to be the favorite,” Battaglia said in a televised interview. “Garrett Gomez is going to have to negotiate a good trip. Good post? No. Kiss of death? No. The top two were pretty easy to pick. It gets pretty tricky after that.”
Baffert, who won Derbys with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002, said Gomez likes to be inside.
“He’s stuck with it now,” Baffert said during a post-draw press conference. “I don’t even know what number I would have wanted for the horse. The rest is up to racing luck.”
Eskendereya, owned by Ahmed Zayat and the winner of the Wood Memorial who was expected to be the favorite in the Derby, was pulled from the race because of an injury. That made room for Devil May Care, who will be trying to become the fourth filly to win the race and the first since Winning Colors in 1988.
Endorsement sustained a fractured leg during his morning workout today and Interactif was withdrawn by trainer Todd Pletcher, making room for Backtalk and Make Music for Me. The top 20 stakes earners can enter the Derby field.
Pletcher, who has four entries in this year’s race, is 0-24 with his horses in the Derby.
If all horses run, the winner of the Derby will earn just over $1.4 million. The Derby costs $25,000 to enter and another $25,000 to start.
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds 1 Lookin At Lucky Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert 3-1 2 Ice Box Jose Lezcano Nick Zito 10-1 3 Noble’s Promise Willie Martinez Kenny McPeek 12-1 4 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher 15-1 5 Line of David Rafael Bejarano John Sadler 30-1 6 Stately Victor Alan Garcia Michael Maker 30-1 7 American Lion David Flores Eoin Harty 30-1 8 Dean’s Kitten Robby Albarado Michael Maker 50-1 9 Make Music for Me Joel Rosario Alexis Barba 50-1 10 Paddy O’Prado Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans 20-1 11 Devil May Care John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 10-1 12 Conveyance Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 12-1 13 Jackson Bend Mike Smith Nick Zito 15-1 14 Mission Impazible Rajiv Maragh Todd Pletcher 20-1 15 Discreetly Mine Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 30-1 16 Awesome Act Julien Leparoux Jeremy Noseda 10-1 17 Dublin Terry Thompson D. Wayne Lukas 12-1 18 Backtalk Miguel Mena Tom Amoss 50-1 19 Homeboykris Ramon Dominguez Richard Dutrow 50-1 20 Sidney’s Candy Joe Talamo John Sadler 5-1
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