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137TH KENTUCKY DERBY

PP   HORSE   JOCKEY   TRAINER   ODDS
1   Archarcharch   Jon Court   Jinks Fires   10-1
2   Brilliant Speed   Joel Rosario   Tom Albertrani   30-1
3   Twice the Appeal   Calvin Borel   Jeff Bonde   20-1
4   Stay Thirsty   Ramon Dominguez   Todd Pletcher   20-1
5   Decisive Moment   Kerwin Clark   Juan Arias   30-1
6   Comma to the Top   Patrick Valenzuela   Peter Miller   30-1
7   Pants on Fire   Rosie Napravnik   Kelly Breen   20-1
8   Dialed In   Julien Leparoux   Nick Zito   4-1
9   Derby Kitten   Javier Castellano   Mike Maker   30-1
10   Twinspired   Mike Smith   Mike Maker   30-1
11   Master of Hounds   Garrett Gomez   Aidan O'Brien   30-1
12   Santiva   Shaun Bridgmohan   Eddie Kenneally   30-1
13   Mucho Macho Man   Rajiv Maragh   Kathy Ritvo   12-1
14   Shackleford   Jesus Castanon   Dale Romans   12-1
15   Midnight Interlude   Victor Espinoza   Bob Baffert   10-1
16   Animal Kingdom   John Velazquez   Graham Motion   30-1
17   Soldat   Alan Garcia   Kiaran McLaughlin   12-1
18   Uncle Mo   SCR   SCR   SCR
19   Nehro   Corey Nakatani   Steve Asmussen   6-1
20   Watch Me Go   Rafael Bejarano   Kathleen O'Connell   50-1

Dialed In made morning-line favorite for Derby 137

Dialed In will attempt to give Zito his third Derby winner (Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs)

Florida Derby (G1) winner DIALED IN (Mineshaft) was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) after drawing post 8 in Wednesday's draw. The Nick Zito charge has suffered just one loss in his four-race career, with that coming to older stablemate Equestrio (Elusive Quality) in an allowance/optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on March 6. The dark bay colt remained at the venue to next start in the Florida Derby, where he just got up over a game SHACKELFORD (Forestry) by a neck on the wire. Julien Leparoux, aboard for all of Dialed In's races thus far, retains the mount for the Derby.

"I was happy with it. I think, actually, most the major players got good post positions, too. I think the draw went OK," Hall of Famer Zito said. "Obviously, Archarcharch, they're going to talk about the '1,' but we were certainly happy with our draw.

"I thought so all week (that Dialed in would be favored on the morning line). Everybody saw my horse. I guess it could have gone either way. I guess they could have put Uncle Mo at 4-1 and us 9-2, but they made us the favorite, so that's OK. I'm flattered by it, very humbled by it. We'll see what happens."

Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher were relieved Uncle Mo didn't draw post 1 in the Derby (Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs)

Juvenile champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) was the early favorite for the Run for the Roses and closed all three pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager as the favorite, but is listed as the 9-2 second choice on the morning line. Like Dialed In, he'll enter the race owning just a single loss in this career, with that coming as a third last out in the Wood Memorial S. (G1) behind Toby's Corner (Bellamy Road) and Arthur's Tale (Bernardini). John Velazquez will be aboard the Todd Pletcher trainee when he breaks from gate 18.

"We're happy with both the draws," said Pletcher, also referring to STAY THIRSTY (Bernardini) being assigned post 4. "We were afraid of the No. 1. We didn't want to be down there. But Uncle Mo will be OK from the 18. He wants to get a good stalking position and he can do that from there.

"And Stay Thirsty -- we were sort of rooting for the No. 4. We had great luck there last year (Pletcher's first Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, broke from Post 4) and we don't mind going back there again."

NEHRO's (Mineshaft) close seconds in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Louisiana Derby (G2) earned him 6-1 third favoritism on the Derby morning-line. The Steve Asmussen pupil will break from post 19 under Corey Nakatani owning just one career win -- a 4 1/2-length maiden triumph on February 21 at Oaklawn Park.

Arkansas Derby victor ARCHARCHARCH (Arch) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) hero MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE (War Chant) will share fourth choice honors on the morning-line at 10-1.

Archarcharch is looking to become the first Derby winner to break from post 1 since Ferdinand (Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs)

Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia admitted during the telecast of the draw that Archarcharch was initially lower, but he raised his odds after the Jinks Fires trainee was assigned post 1.

"I have always wanted to be No. 1 but not in the Kentucky Derby starting gate," Fires quipped after the draw. "I'll just tell (jockey) Jon (Court) to get good position, save ground and figure out a way to get out. I started to get concerned (when the one hole was left and Archarcharch had not been drawn).

"It is still the shortest way around and at least I am not out next to the track kitchen."

Midnight Interlude, who drew post 15, will seek to become the first Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 who didn't race as a juvenile. The bay is conditioned by Bob Baffert.

Three will share 12-1 morning-line odds for the Derby -- MUCHO MACHO MAN (Macho Uno) (post 13), Shackleford (post 14) and SOLDAT (War Front) (post 17). WATCH ME GO (West Acre) is the longest shot on the morning-line at 50-1 after drawing post 20, while the rest of the field is either 20-1 or 30-1.


 

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