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Kentucky Derby: Total of 21 horses enter ahead of Wednesday draw
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A total of 21 horses were entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Post positions were to be drawn Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern during a one-hour show broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Giant Finish, a New York-bred who was announced as an entry late Tuesday, pushed Fear the Kitten to the also-eligible list. A horse would have to scratch by 9 a.m. Friday in order for Fear the Kitten to make it into the field.
Andrew Cohen, the co-owner and breeder of Giant Finish, confirmed that Jose Espinoza would ride Giant Finish in the Derby.
Earlier Wednesday, owner Ken Ramsey confirmed that Edgar Prado would ride Charming Kitten. Charming Kitten is one of a record-tying five entries from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher.
At around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, UAE Derby winner Lines of Battle arrived from Ireland. He is expected to be released from quarantine in time to train Friday.
The 21 horses entered for the Derby, with expected riders, are: Black Onyx (Joe Bravo) Charming Kitten (Prado), Falling Sky (Luis Saez), Frac Daddy (Victor Lebron), Fear the Kitten (Alan Garcia), Giant Finish (Espinoza), Goldencents (Kevin Krigger), Golden Soul (Robby Albarado), Itsmyluckyday (Elvis Trujillo), Java’s War (Julien Leparoux), Lines of Battle (Ryan Moore), Mylute (Rosie Napravnik), Normandy Invasion (Javier Castellano), Orb (Joel Rosario), Overanalyze (Rafael Bejarano), Oxbow (Gary Stevens), Palace Malice (Mike Smith), Revolutionary (Calvin Borel), Verrazano (John Velazquez), Vyjack (Garrett Gomez), and Will Take Charge (Jon Court).
@Anonymous. Your analysis of winners by post position is flawed. The field size hasn't always been 20 horses. Here's a link to Derby field sizes by year, I've also posted the field size by year below. http://www.kentuckyderby.com/sites/kentuckyderby.com/files/u64720/Field%20Size%20(2013).pdf Average Field Size By Decade: Decade Starters Years Avg. Field 2010-12 59 3 19.7 2000-09 187 10 18.7 1990-99 167 10 16.7 1980-89 171 10 17.1 1970-79 149 10 14.9 1960-69 126 10 12.6 1950-59 145 10 14.5 1940-49 126 10 12.6 1930-29 143 10 14.3 1920-29 170 10 17.0 1910-19 96 10 9.6 1900-09 60 10 6.0 1890-99 51 10 5.1 1880-89 83 10 8.3 1875-79 55 5 11.0
Anonomous, your post position analysis is very misleading.No horse has won from post 1-2-3 since the 80s. More winners have come from the auxiliary gate (16-20) than any other area in the last 18 years it has been utilized. The addition of the auxiliary gate and thus increase in the field to 20 has changed the whole perspective of the derby in the last few years.
I love the odds this year......no super clear favorite! Cha-ching!!! On the exacta and Tri.
Posts 3-8 rock.....I love 5 & 8. Good memories......
Deeply anticipating the post position draw this afternoon. Drawing the 1-2-3 posts is always concerning at Churchill in a big field race. The weather (rain) and the draw are big factors in my choice in exotics, etc., in the Derby. Keeping my fingers crossed for a good draw for the horses I have my heart set on in the KY Derby.
I'll have Another only won because the pace to the first turn was slow and he had tactical speed and was able to get into "the garden spot" on the first turn versus being hung wide. I bet this year, owners will gun to get a good spot for the first turn......I predict a fast pace. If it is, no way post 19 wins.......
Dreaming of Julia would be 8/5 in the Derby
If you take the KD since 1980, Only two horses have won from Post position #1. One was Winning Colors who jumped out and went wire to wire. Overall, the 1 is not as bad as made out to be if your horse want sto race near the lead but it still a disdvantage in the 20 horse field since a bad start gets you washed all the way back.. There were no winners from post #2 and 2 winners from post 3. If there is a bias it would be a nod for post positions 4-8. although it must be said that having 2 winners from a post position isn't bad. There are a bunch that have not had a winner over that period.
Hi! Very few people, if any, thought that "I'll Have Another" would win the 2012 Derby, and he came from post 19 if I remember correctly. So anything is possible. I was one of those in that crowd who didn't believe that "I'll Have Another" would win. My mistake. There are many great jockeys and horses in this race but I still think that the points system is flawed. Thank you! Lise from Maine
History of Kentucky Derby Post Positions When you take a look at the history of the Kentucky Derby post positions, one thing is clear: the closer you are to the rail, the better chance you have of winning. The most winningest post positions are No. 1 (12 wins) and No. 5 (12) and when you do the math, the wins from those two spots are still greater than all the gates from No. 11 – No. 20 combined. The wins coming from gates No. 1 – No. 5 total up to 51. The other 15 spots only total up to 59, so it gives a fairly good indication that post position is very important. (1900 - 2009) Position Wins 1 12 2 9 3 8 4 10 5 12 6 6 7 8 8 10 9 4 10 10 11 3 12 3 13 4 14 2 15 3 16 3 17 0 18 1 19 0 20 2 Best post positions have been 1 and 5.
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