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Kentucky Derby Post Positions Shuffle the Odds for Saturday

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Horses leave the starting gate for last year's Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 06:43 AM

The Kentucky Derby post positions were set Wednesday, with the favorite Classic Empire getting a favorable spot at No. 14 while the other favorite, Always Dreaming, fell in the odds for Saturday's Run for the Roses in Louisville.

Classic Empire was listed as a 4-1 favorite after drawing the outside position while Always Dreaming went to 5-1 after receiving the No. 5 position in the draw, reported the Sporting News. Positions closer to the race track's railing are often considered difficult spots because of the potentially crowded path in the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs.

Another favorite, McCracken, has been picked at 5-1 after taking the position right next to Classic Empire at No. 15.

Bleacher Report's Tim Daniels said Always Dreaming could return to the favorite spot, though, although the horse is running so close to the railing. He said the field, too, appears to be evenly balanced, unlike other recent derbies.

"While the Kentucky Derby always holds a special place on the American sports calendar, it's lost a little bit of its mystique in recent years due to unusually top-heavy results," Daniels said. "Four consecutive times the favorite has crossed the finished line first, dating back to Orb in 2013.

"The high number of horses with a realistic chance of winning this year's race means there's a good chance that streak will come to an end Saturday. Always Dreaming could break from the gate as the favorite thanks to a late surge that included breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park in March and winning one of the top races on the prep schedule, the Grade I Florida Derby, in April."

Lookin At Lee drew the No. 1 post position but his trainer Steve Asmussen told USA Today he didn't think that position would be as fatal as it has been in past years.

"I'm not seeing a lot of speed in the race, so having an inside draw should be helpful," Asmussen said. "If it's a compact field, being wide could possibly eliminate anybody. If anybody had to have the 1 hole, Lookin At Lee with his experience being a closer, the races he’s run with Lanerie, they'd be the two that would be able to overcome it."

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The Kentucky Derby post positions were set Wednesday, with the favorite Classic Empire getting a favorable spot at No. 14 while the other favorite, Always Dreaming, fell in the odds for Saturday's Run for the Roses in Louisville.
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