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Post Time: Kentucky Derby 138 post draw

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. and the post position draw was just completed.  Some interesting developments coming out of the post position draw:

- Morning line favorite Bodemeister drew the #6 position, inside of both the other speed horses, Trinniberg (#9) and Hansen (#14).

- D. Wayne Lukas, looking for his fifth Derby title, drew the #2 post with Optimizer, who drew into the field yesterday when Mark Valeski withdrew.

- Todd Pletcher's two entries will be right next to each other with Gemologist (#15) and El Padrino (#16).

- The 2-year-old champion, Hansen went down to the final two pills being drawn with the dreaded rail post still not drawn. The Hansen team was very relieved and whooping it up after drawing the #14 hole. If you missed my interview with Dr. Hansen last Saturday, here's a link to the story.

- Union Rags drew #4, his connections had preferred an outer post for the imposing colt, but former Barbaro trainer Michael Matz didn't think the spot would hurt his chances.

- Posts 17 and 19 have never produced a Kentucky Derby champion, and post 14 hasn't had a winner in the last 42 years.

- My Adonis is listed as the 21st horse and will draw in as an also-eligible should any of the 20 horses in the field scratch by 9 a.m. on Friday, when Derby advance betting begins.

Here's a look at the posts and the field:

Post Position Horse  Morning Line Trainer  Jockey
1 Daddy Long Legs 30-1 O'Brien O' Donaghue
2 Optimizer 50-1 Lukas Court
3 Take Charge Indy 15-1 Byrne Borel
4 Union Rags 9-2 Matz Leparoux
5 Dullahan 8-1 Romans Desormeaux
6 Bodemeister 4-1 Baffert ME Smith
7 Rousing Sermon 50-1 Hollendorfer Lezcano
8 Creative Cause 12-1 Harrington Rosario
9 Trinniberg 50-1 Bisnath Martinez
10 Daddy Nose Best 15-1 Asmussen G Gomez
11 Alpha 15-1 McLaughlin Maragh
12 Prospective 30-1 Casse Contreras
13 Went the Day Well 20-1 Motion JR Velazquez
14 Hansen 10-1 Maker Dominguez
15 Gemologist 6-1 Pletcher Castellano
16 El Padrino 20-1 Pletcher Bejarano
17 Done Talking 50-1 Smith Russell
18 Sabercat 30-1 Asmussen Nakatani
19 I'll Have Another 12-1 O'Neill Gutierrez
20 Liaison 50-1 Baffert Garcia
AE My Adonis NA Breen



--  Gene Kershner

Gene Kershner is a Buffalo-based turf writer and handicapper who blogs at and tweets @EquiSpace.

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