Early Kentucky Derby favorite Justify draws No

Early Kentucky Derby favorite Justify draws No

Seven of the entrants have had five or fewer races. Good Magic is at No. 6 and Magnum Moon is at No. 16. "We look forward to bringing one lucky fan and their guest to the 2018 Breeders' Cup to experience the event in style and to providing many more with a fun and interactive way to enjoy the Derby this weekend".

Mix it all together and, unless there's a wave of nostalgia cash for "The Pharoah Colors", Solomini can offer the pleasing blend of nice betting value and a good chance at landing in the top three.

One of the renowned trainer's two entrants, Solomini, will start from the only spot (No. 17) yet to ever yield a Kentucky Derby victor.

Mendelssohn, meanwhile, could become the first horse from Europe to win the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.

Unbeaten oddsmakers favorite Justify will start seventh from the rail while second-choice Mendelssohn, trained by Irishman Aidan O'Brien, took 14th in Tuesday's post position draw for Saturday's 144th Kentucky Derby. And he doesn't give them a punishing schedule of prep races, which made some handicappers question whether his horses had enough foundation of endurance to handle 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May.

Bravazo is owned by Calumet Farm, which has won a leading eight Derbies but none since 1968 when Calumet's Forward Pass was declared the victor after Dancer's Image was disqualified because of a positive drug test.

Trained by four-time Derby victor Bob Baffert, Justify drew the No. 7 post at the Churchill Downs pill pull.

"I'm glad I wasn't here, if I had been sitting here I probably would've drawn the 1", Baffert said, kind of joking. The four-time victor is savoring being part of horse racing's crown jewel.

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"I never dreamed i'd be in this situation", he said. ". When the right horse comes along, it will happen".

Todd Pletcher, Lukas' onetime protege' who is on the verge of breaking his mentor's record of 48 Derby starters, said: "The Derby is always better when Wayne's in it".

Mindful of his age, Lukas said the caveat is how long he will be physically able to do the job.

"Once you have the post position, you can't worry about it", Baffert said.

It was quite the scene back at the Baffert barn once it was time to get the big horse cleaned up.

"There's a slight bit of concern in a 20-horse field that they may not have the seasoning". (Justify and Magnum Moon) run forwardly placed. That closing speed should be beneficial in the final furlong Saturday and it makes him someone to consider, even if you do not have a relative or friend named Jack. They might be running at six or seven of them. "This horse has the same and I think he has a great chance of winning", the legendary trainer said on Tuesday.

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