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Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday.

A maximum field of 20 will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas. Optimizer moved into the field after Mark Valeski was pulled from consideration by trainer Larry Jones, who said the horse wasn’t training well.

One of this year’s top Derby contenders is Union Rags (pictured). Trainer Michael Matz is looking for his second Derby victory. He won in 2006 with Barbaro.

Matz says with a full 20 horse field, it’s hard to predict what kind of speed to expect on Saturday.

“Your guess is as good as mine. I think there’s going to be enough speed in there that hopefully we’re going to sit right off the pace, hopefully can make one run. But that could be…who knows with these jockeys, you never know.”

The post positions are set for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Grace Hall is the early favorite in the fillies-only race, at 5-2. She’ll run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices, with odds of 4-1.

The Kentucky Derby post positions will be drawn at 5:00pm Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

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Kentucky Derby Field Set

By Rick Howlett

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running of the 136th Kentucky Derby, with the maximum field of twenty in the race.

A blind draw for the post positions was held today at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, Lookin’ At Lucky, with 3-1 odds, will break from the number one position. The second favorite, Sidney’s Candy, at 5-1, drew the far outside twenty spot.

Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has three horses at 10-1 as third favorites; the filly Devil May Care, Awesome Act and Ice Box.

The Kentucky Derby will be run just after 6:00pm Saturday.

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