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2011 Kentucky Derby Entries

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The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated May 07, 2011

Wednesday May 4, an overflow field of 22 was entered for the 137th Kentucky Derby. The top 20 by graded stakes earnings made it in the Kentucky Derby field with Sway Away and Ruler On Ice being eliminated.

Unlike the "draft draw" held for several years, Churchill Downs reverted back to the traditional double-blind draw last year and again this year. After the numbers were drawn, handicapper Mike Battaglia announced the morning line, saying that despite the post positions he did not make any changes. Florida Derby winner Dialed In at 4-1 is a narrow favorite over 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo, who was set at 9-2. Arkansas Derby runner-up Nehro is next at 6-1 with Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch and Blue Grass Stakes winner Midnight Interlude both at 10-1.

Morning line favorite Dialed In drew post 8 for jockey Julien Leparoux. Trainer Nick Zito said, "I was happy with it. I think, actually, most the major players got good post positions, too. I think the draw went OK. 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). 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."

Todd Pletcher, trainer of both Uncle Mo (post 18 with John Velazquez) and Stay Thirsty (post 4, Ramon Dominguez) said, "We're happy with both the draws. 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 (with Super Saver) and we don't mind going back there again."

Nehro drew the 19 hole, a post position which has never won the Derby. Owner Ahmad Zayat said, "Well, let's put it this way, I'm told that from the 19 hole there has never been a winner so far. So I guess this would have to be a first. A first for (trainer Steve) Asmussen, a first for (jockey) Corey Nakatani, a first for 19, and a first for Zayat." Trainer Steve Asmussen added, "He hasn't been eliminated, you know what I mean? He needs to run the race of his life, but all is well. I really like the horses that are immediately to his inside; they've got pace. There are a lot of scenarios in a 20-horse field that will change how you get to the backside but I think this gives us a good chance."

Triple Crown quick links:

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
1ArcharcharchFires1.73Court10-1
2Brilliant SpeedAlbertrani1.72Rosario30-1
3Twice the AppealBonde2.11Borel20-1
4Stay ThirstyPletcher2.25Dominguez20-1
5Decisive MomentArias2.11  Clark30-1
6Comma to the TopMiller2.20 *Valenzuela30-1
7Pants On FireBreen3.00Napravnik20-1
8Dialed InZito3.62Leparoux4-1
9Derby KittenMaker 1.55  Castellano30-1
10TwinspiredMaker1.15Smith30-1
11Master of HoundsO'Brien1.07Gomez30-1
12SantivaKenneally1.67Bridgmohan30-1
13Mucho Macho ManRitvo2.43Maragh12-1
14ShacklefordRomans3.62  Castanon12-1
15Midnight InterludeBaffert2.47Espinoza10-1
16Animal KingdomGraham Motion1.67  Velazquez30-1
17SoldatMcLaughlin2.47 *Garcia12-1
SCRUncle MoPletcher2.20 *Velazquezscratched
19NehroAsmussen4.33  Nakatani6-1
20Watch Me GoO'Connell2.56Bejarano50-1

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