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.
|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|