04/30/2014 2:38PM

Wise Dan draws rail for Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby undercard

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The two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan drew the rail Wednesday for Saturday's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, drew the rail slot among a field of 10 older turf horses entered in the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the traditional lead-in to the Kentucky Derby on a 13-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs.

Wise Dan will have John Velazquez aboard as the heavy favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Woodford, which he won last year at 1-5 odds. The 7-year-old gelding has won 11 of his last 12 starts and is coming off a victory in the April 11 Maker’s 46 Mile in his first start of the year.

From post 2 out, the rest of the Woodford field is Bright Thought, Guys Reward, Admiral Kitten, Kaigun, Moro Tap, Boisterous, Finnegans Wake, Skyring, and Seek Again.

The first post Saturday is 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Post time for the Woodford, the 10th race, is 4:44 p.m., with the Derby following at 6:24.

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Earlier Saturday races

** Grade 2, $400,000 Churchill Downs (race 9, post 3:46 p.m.): Sahara Sky, winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Mile, looks like a solid favorite among 11 older horses in this seven-furlong fixture. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Sahara Sky will have Joel Rosario aboard when coming off a runner-up finish in the April 5 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.

Other contenders include Capo Bastone, Laugh Track, Falling Sky, Central Banker, and the 2013 Churchill Downs winner Delaunay.

** Grade 2, $250,000 American Turf (race 8, post 2:59 p.m.): Big Bazinga took a pass on a chance to be a Derby also-eligible as one of 11 3-year-olds in this 1 1/16-mile turf race. Quotient, Global View, Craftsman, Storming Inti, and Picozza are among the balance of a well-matched field.

** Grade 1, $300,000 Humana Distaff (race7, post 2:08 p.m.): Judy the Beauty wheels back in this seven-furlong race off the first Grade 1 victory of her career in the Madison last month at Keeneland. She will face seven other fillies and mares, including Midnight Lucky, the Bob Baffert standout making her first start since last May.

** Grade 2, $300,000 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (race 6, post 1:19 p.m.): Centre Court was assigned the outside post in a field of nine fillies and mares as the most accomplished starter, with Tapicat, Miz Ida, and I’m Already Sexy among the others.