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Kentucky Derby Post Positions

The scene at the post position draw

Dateline: 05/03/00

Kentucky Derby Results and Photos - Fusaichi Pegasus wins!

Bobby Frankel chose post 3 for Aptitude

Derby Winner Poll - vote for who you think will win
The big day is almost here! Post positions were drawn this afternoon for the 126th Kentucky Derby and there will be a full field of 20 as expected. Unshaded was supplemented but did not get in the field because supplements are last on the eligibility list despite earnings and 21 total were entered. There are 3 entries this year. The #1 entry will be Trippi, Commendable, Impeachment, and High Yield due to common ownership interests. The #2 entry is from Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin Racing with China Visit and Curule. The field will have have 3 horses this year with Wheelaway, Deputy Warlock and Ronton.

Bob Baffert was the lucky winner of the first choice of post positions and he selected #8 for Captain Steve. Appropriately the long shot Ronton got last choice and so wound up with the #20 post. They made the draw a bit more interesting this year by having the connections hang a picture of their silks in a mock starting gate to indicate their post position choice. This made for a nice display.

Past performances are available for free online from the Daily Racing Form here in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Post time for the Derby is 5:37pm EDT and between ESPN and ABC there will be TV coverage all day long (schedule). I will be there so check back on Saturday night for photos and results.

The Kentucky Derby

Here is the field in post position order. Distance is 1 1/4 miles and all entrants carry 126 lbs. The purse is $1,000,000 Guaranteed Minimum Gross. Click on the horse's name to see full info on him.
# / PPHorseJockeyTrainerM/L Odds
1 / 6Trippi Chavez Pletcher 5-1
1A / 13CommendablePrado Lukas 5-1
1C / 15Impeachment Perret Pletcher 5-1
1X / 18High Yield Day Lukas 5-1
2 / 12China Visit Dettori Suroor 50-1
2B / 19Curule St. Julien Suroor 50-1
SCRATCHEDGlobalize Smith Hollendorfer 50-1
4 / 2Anees Nakatani Hassinger 20-1
5 / 3Aptitude Solis Frankel 20-1
6 / 5Hal's Hope Velez Rose 20-1
7 / 8Captain Steve Albarado Baffert 8-1
8 / 9War Chant Bailey Drysdale 6-1
9 / 10More Than Ready Velazquez Pletcher 10-1
10 / 11The Deputy McCarron Sahadi 4-1
11 / 14Graeme Hall Sellers Pletcher 20-1
12 / 16Fusaichi Pegasus Desormeaux Drysdale 9-5
13 / 17Exchange Rate Borel Lukas 30-1
14F / 4Wheelaway Migliore Kimmel 30-1
15F / 7Deputy Warlock Guidry McPeek 30-1
16F / 20Ronton Blanc Cerin 30-1

The Deputy and War Chant in the Santa Anita Derby
Update: Globalize was injured Thursday morning when coming back from the track. The pony kicked him and cut a deep gash in his left rear leg below the hock. It is not yet known if the injury is career ending but at a minimum he will be out several months now. Since he was in post position 1, everyone will move in by one post position.

The Derby is a tough race to handicap. For the most part you have the best 3 year olds in the country all primed and read for a peak performance. Plus you have the huge 20 horse field to throw in some traffic problems to confuse it farther. It is also one of the most over analyzed races in the world with every little statistic you can imagine extracted from the data.

Personally, I don't think Fusaichi Pegasus will win. He has so many negatives against him including his own personality that I just can't see him winning here. The one who best fits the Derby winner profile is Captain Steve, but for some reason I think I like The Deputy better. He has nice tactical speed and doesn't have to go for the lead in a race that is loaded with front runners. Some of them will have to burn out and I think The Deputy is very capable of picking up the pieces. Captain Steve can also stalk and I keep going back to him so I will probably box them in an exacta. For a live longshot, you may want to think about the field horses at 30-1 morning line. Although Ronton is a complete throw out, Wheelaway and Deputy Warlock both have a chance if they don't get caught in traffic. (Note: rumors on the backside are that The Deputy has a bruised foot. No idea how reliable this is but it is something to worry about.)

Have fun watching the Derby and enjoying the spectacle that it is. This year we have a very talented field so it should be a really good race.

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