Updated on 09/16/2011 7:17AM

Derby post positions set


A full field of 20 horses was drawn for Saturday's 128th running of the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday afternoon. Harlan's Holiday, the likely Derby favorite, will break from post 14 after drawing the seventh selection in the random draw. Post 14 is the outermost post in the main starting gate.

Buddha, the winner of the Wood Memorial, drew the first post selection and chose post position No. 10. Buddha will be ridden by Pat Day and has been installed as the Kentucky Derby's second favorite at 5-1 in track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's morning-line odds. Co-second choice Came Home drew post No. 15 and is also listed at 5-1, just below Harlan's Holiday's morning-line of 9-2.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Johannesburg drew the 17th selection in the random post order and chose the rail, post position No. 1. Johannesburg will be ridden by Gary Stevens.

The surprise of the day came earlier when Bob Baffert announced his last-minute entry of Danthebluegrassman, who finished ninth in the Santa Anita Derby in his last start. Danthebluegrassman, owned by Mike Pegram, drew post No. 17.

Kentucky Derby 128 Field
Prg. # Horse Jockey Trainer Morning Line
1. Johannesburg Gary Stevens Aidan P. O'Brien 6-1
2. Wild Horses Rene Douglas Todd A. Pletcher 50-1
3. Perfect Drift Eddie Delahoussaye Murray W. Johnson 15-1
4. Lusty Latin Glenn Corbett Jeff Mullins 30-1
5. War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 20-1
6. Ocean Sound Alex Solis James Cassidy 50-1
7. Request For Parole Robbie Albarado Stephen R. Margolis 20-1
8. Essence Of Dubai David Flores Saeed bin Suroor 15-1
9. Medaglia d'Oro Laffit Pincay, Jr. Robert Frankel 6-1
10. Buddha Pat Day James H. Bond 5-1
11. Private Emblem Donnie Meche Steven M. Asmussen 20-1
12. Castle Gandolpho Jerry Bailey Aidan P. O'Brien 20-1
13. Proud Citizen Mike Smith D. Wayne Lukas 30-1
14. Harlan's Holiday Edgar Prado Kenneth G. McPeek 9-2
15. Came Home Chris McCarron J. Paco Gonzalez 5-1
16. Saarland John Velazquez Claude McGaughey III 15-1
17. Danthebluegrassman Kent Desormeaux Bob Baffert 50-1
18. It'sallinthechase Eddie Martin, Jr. Wilson L. Brown 50-1
19. Easy Grades Jorge Chavez Ted West 20-1
20. Blue Burner Corey Nakatani William I. Mott 30-1