LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a new jockey famous for riding the rail, trainer Todd Pletcher was hoping for an inside post position for Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Pletcher got it with the No. 3 spot, which he said is ideal for three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel of Lafayette.
“Very happy,” said Pletcher, who has a record-tying five horses in the 20-horse field. “I think Calvin will be looking to go inside as soon as he can, so starting off inside was a good thing.”
Borel was aboard Super Saver, Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby winner in 2010 and started from the No. 4 spot.
Revolutionary was made the 10-1 fourth choice in the Morning Line.
Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute is 20-1 in the morning line. The Tom Amoss-trained horse is being ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who is attempting to become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby.
Mylute will break from the No. 6 position. His was the last one drawn on Wednesday.
Golden Soul, fourth in the Louisiana Derby is 50-1.
The morning line favorite is Florida Derby winner Orb at 7-2 ahead of unbeaten Verrazano at 4-1.
Orb, who has won four straight races, will start from post position 16 under Joel Rosaro. Orb is only the second Kentucky Derby starter for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.
The Pletcher-trained Verrazano, whose latest victory was in the Wood Memorial, is attempting to become only the second Kentucky Derby winner who did not race as a two-year-old. The other was Apollo in 1882.
Goldencents, whose owners include University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, is the choice at 5-1. The Santa Anita Derby winner is being ridden by Kevin Kirgger, who is attempting to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since Jimmy Winkfield in 1902 when Alan-a-Dale prevailed in a four-horse field.
Pletcher’s other horses in the field are Normandy Invasion (12-1), Overanalyze (15-1), Palace Malice (20-1) and Charming Kitten (20-1).
Palace Malice was seventh in the Louisiana Derby but came back to qualify for the Kentucky Derby via a second-place finish in the Blue Glass Stakes.
Spiral Stakes winner Black Onyx drew the No. 1 post and is one of five 50-1 shots in the field. That spot has produced 12 Derby winners, tying with the No. 5 hole for the most successful post positions.
“The 1 post might not be ideal but we’re going to make the best of what we can do with it,” trainer Kelly Breen said. “After Saturday we’re hoping to make it the most winningest post position in Kentucky Derby history.”
Oxbow and Will Take Charge will be the record 46th and 47th Derby starters for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner. Both are long shots — Will Take Charge at 20-1 and Oxbow at 30-1.
“The four I won it with I can’t remember the post positions, so it must not be too important,” said Lukas, who could become the oldest winning trainer in Derby history at 77.
Oxbow and Normandy Invasion are the other entries which ran at the Fair Grounds this past season.
The 21st horse on the points list is Fear the Kitten, an also eligible who would need a defection before 9 a.m. Friday, when Derby wagering opens, to get into the 1 ¼-mile race.
If all 20 horses start, the total purse would be $2,199,800. The winner earns $1,439,800. Post time is 5:24 p.m. CDT.