California Chrome, the favorite to win the 140th Kentucky Derby, will be taking off from the 5 post—the same position from which jockey Victor Espinoza led War Emblem to victory in 2002.
And for California Chrome’s trainer, 77-year-old Art Sherman, that sounds pretty good.
“I was hoping we would get 7 or 8, but 5 is good,” he said. “I talked to Victor, he said he won the Kentucky Derby last time he rode it from the 5, so that was good enough for me.”
Wicked Strong, an early contender to challenge California Chrome for the favorite spot, drew the far outside position, which led odds maker Mike Battaglia to bump him to the third pick to win at 8-1 odds, rather than the second. Hoppertunity will be the number two pick.
The post draw for Saturday’s race was held Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs.
1. Vicar’s In Trouble (Rosie Napravnik, 30-1)
2. Harry’s Holiday (Corey Lanerie, 50-1)
3. Uncle Sigh (Irad Ortiz Jr., 30-1)
4. Danza (Joe Bravo, 10-1)
5. California Chrome (Victor Espinoza, 5-2)
6. Samraat (Jose Ortiz, 15-1)
7. We Miss Artie (Javier Castellano, 50-1)
8. General A Rod (Joel Rosario, 15-1)
9. Vinceremos (Joe Rococo Jr., 30-1)
10. Wildcat Red (Luis Saez, 15-1)
Hoppertunity (Mike Smith, 6-1)
12. Dance With Fate (Corey Nakatani, 20-1)
13. Chitu (Martin Garcia, 20-1)
14. Medal Count (Robby Albarado, 20-1)
15. Tapiture (Ricardo Santana Jr., 15-1)
16. Intense Holiday (John Velazquez, 12-1)
17. Commanding Curve (Shaun Bridgmohan, 50-1)
18. Candy Boy (Gary Stevens, 20-1)
19. Ride On Curlin (Calvin Borel, 15-1)
20. Wicked Strong (Rajiv Maragh, 8-1)
Pablo Del Monte (Jeffrey Sanchez, 50-1) *alternate entry