Get your hat ready: The Kentucky Derby is Saturday

The draw was held Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., giving us the first look at the field of the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

The draw is when horses are assigned post positions in the race and like the name implies, a good post position depends on the “luck of the draw.”  The No. 1 post position is closest to the inside rail (which isn’t always best since 19 other horses will be clamouring to get there once the gates open) and numbers move out from there.

Below is a look at Saturday’s field. Make sure to take note of #18 Frac Daddy,  whose connections have ties to the North Dakota Oil Patch. Watch Friday’s Forum for a story by Amy Dalrymple on the big grey colt.

I’ve been away from HorseShoes for a bit, but I hope to give some Derby tips through the week and an update on how our horses are doing this season. Post time for the derby will be 5:24 p.m. CST. It is the first jewel of the Triple Crown with a purse of $2.18 million.


Post Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Black Onyx Joe Bravo Kelly Breen
2 Oxbow Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas
3 Revolutionary Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher
4 Golden Soul Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart
5 Normandy Invasion Javier Castellano Chad Brown
6 Mylute Rosie Napravnik Tom Amoss
7 Giant Finish Jose L. Espinoza Anthony W. Dutrow
8 Goldencents Kevin Krigger Doug O’Neill
9 Overanalyze Rafael Bejarano Todd Pletcher
10 Palace Malice Mike Smith Todd Pletcher
11 Lines of Battle Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
12 Itsmyluckyday Elvis Trujillo Eddie Plesa, Jr.
13 Falling Sky Luis Saez John Terranova II
14 Verrazano John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher
15 Charming Kitten Edgar Prado Todd Pletcher
16 Orb Joel Rosario Claude R. McGaughey III
17 Will Take Charge Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas
18 Frac Daddy Victor Lebron Kenny McPeek
19 Java’s War Julien Leparoux Kenny McPeek
20 Vyjack Garrett Gomez Rudy Rodriguez