05/01/2013 11:17AM

Kentucky Derby: Total of 21 horses enter ahead of Wednesday draw

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby contender Normandy Invasion, the runner-up in the Wood Memorial, at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

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).

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viking2327 More than 1 year ago
@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
Silky Mayfield More than 1 year ago
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.
Jeff LEPPLA More than 1 year ago
I love the odds this year......no super clear favorite! Cha-ching!!! On the exacta and Tri.
Jeff LEPPLA More than 1 year ago
Posts 3-8 rock.....I love 5 & 8. Good memories......
Tim More than 1 year ago
Would that be War Emblem and Barbaro? :-)
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jeff LEPPLA More than 1 year ago
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.......
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
OK, so what the only reason he won the Preakness?
Albert Johnson More than 1 year ago
Dreaming of Julia would be 8/5 in the Derby
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Stop !
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
So your expecting 1-9 in the Oaks then?
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
Exactly!! Too funny...
Kristian O'Reilly More than 1 year ago
Off of one race against fillies? Now we know why we make money betting against favorites. There's blind folk like you that get caught up all the time. FOOL!!!!
greysky More than 1 year ago
she might not even win the oaks
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
No way DOJ goes off at 8-5. Informed pundits are too smart for that. The horse freaks one time in a small filly field when everything goes perfect for her. Smart bettors will be looking for this filly to bounce higher than a golf ball off the Empire State building.
Edward More than 1 year ago
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.
Edward More than 1 year ago
I would sum it up as posts 3-10 have the most winners(clear advantage from 1980-2012) and then next you would want to be around the gate break (15 and 16)
David Merz More than 1 year ago
Winning Colors did not break from the 1 hole. Believe she broke from towards the outer half of the main gate, like post 10 or 11. However, Ferdinand broke from the 1 hole two years earlier, so maybe that's what you were thinking of...
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Easy call More than 1 year ago
While I believe inside posts are more desirable the stats are skewed by the fact that 20 horse fields were not the norm years ago. Many years there were 10-15 horse fields.
David Sias More than 1 year ago
More useful would be only more recent derbies, as they were much smaller fields way back in the day. The inside is a graveyard now.
Larry Terry More than 1 year ago
the one has declined in many years due to the cut off ...majority of the 1 wins are early 1900's
Jeff LEPPLA More than 1 year ago
Can u break it out since they moved to 20 different betting slots? I remember they used to only have 12 betting entries, so u could bet the field. This lasted into the early 90s. I can't remember when they moved to 20 entries. My sense is u will find posts 3-8 being the best in the last 20 years. I think the most winners were from 5 and 8 pp?
greysky More than 1 year ago
That one post is death now
Tim More than 1 year ago
The only ways to win from the 1 slot are: (1) gun it, and win wire to wire, or (2) have Calvin Borel aboard, hang way back, and then make that suicidal rail run. Not great odds.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
If you're going to do this, you might as well include the years and field size. Yes?