05/02/2012 6:09PM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Bodemeister early favorite from post 6

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bodemeister, who will break from post 6, has been made the Kentucky Derby favorite. He is 9-2 on Daily Racing Form National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker's line and 4-1 on the Churchill Downs track line.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Projected favorites Bodemeister and Union Rags avoided landing post positions to the extreme inside or outside when in Wednesday afternoon’s post draw for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The former, the Churchill Downs morning-line favorite at 4-1, drew post 6, while Union Rags, the 9-2 second choice, has post 4. Daily Racing Form National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker has Bodemeister at 9-2 and Union Rags at 5-1.

Juvenile champion Hansen may have benefited from the most from the draw, getting post 14, outside the two other principal speed horses, Bodemeister, and Trinniberg (post 9).

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Gemologist, the 6-1 third choice on the track morning line set by Mike Battaglia, also appears well drawn in the auxiliary gate in post 15, with the bulk of the speed to his inside, potentially allowing his jockey, Javier Castellano, to have his mount track those inside him.

Stuck on the fence is European invader Daddy Long Legs, who drew post 1 when just that post and post 14 were available. On the far outside in post 20 is 50-1 longshot Liaison, one of two Bob Baffert-trainees, along with Bodemeister.

In a deviation from recent years, there is a horse on the also-eligible list – with the lone also-eligible being My Adonis, who could draw into the field if a horse in the body of the field is scratched before 9 a.m. Eastern Friday.

Two horses will add blinkers in the Kentucky Derby: Liaison and Went the Day Well.

Kentucky Derby (G1), Post Time: 6:24 ET

Purse: $2,000,000; 1 1/4 miles

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Watchmaker Odds

ML Odds

1

Daddy Long Legs

A. O'Brien

C. O'Donoghue

30-1

30-1

1

Optimizer

D.W. Lukas

J. Court

50-1

50-1

1

Take Charge Indy

P. Byrne

C. Borel

15-1

15-1

1

Union Rags

M. Matz

J. Leparoux

5-1

9-2

1

Dullahan

D. Romans

K. Desormeaux

12-1

8-1

1

Bodemeister

B. Baffert

M. Smith

9-2

4-1

1

Rousing Sermon

J. Hollendorfer

J. Lezcano

50-1

50-1

1

Creative Cause

M. Harrington

J. Rosario

6-1

12-1

1

Trinniberg

B. Parboo

W. Martinez

50-1

50-1

1

Daddy Nose Best

S. Asmussen

G. Gomez

20-1

15-1

1

Alpha

K. McLaughlin

R. Maragh

15-1

15-1

1

Prospective

M. Casse

L. Contreras

50-1

30-1

1

Went The Day Well

H.G. Motion

J. Velazquez

30-1

20-1

1

Hansen

M. Maker

R. Dominguez

10-1

10-1

1

Gemologist

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano

8-1

6-1

1

El Padrino

T. Pletcher

R. Bejarano

20-1

20-1

1

Done Talking

H. Smith

S. Russell

50-1

50-1

1

Sabercat

S. Asmussen

C. Nakatani

30-1

30-1

1

I'll Have Another

D. O'Neill

M. Gutierrez

15-1

12-1

1

Liaison

B. Baffert

M. Garcia

50-1

50-1

1

My Adonis (AE)

K. Breen

E. Trujillo

50-1

50-1