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Post Positions For Kentucky Derby 136

Bob Baffert

One Great Season

Bob Baffert's Lookin At Lucky is the 3-1 favorite in Saturday's Kentucky Derby 136, but Irish eyes appeared to have been smiling instead on Paddy O'Prado and Dublin in Wednesday's post-position draw.

To claim that elusive fourth Derby win, Baffert will have to send his horse from gate No. 1. No horse has won from the rail since Ferdinand found a pot of Derby gold in 1986, and none has finished in the money since 1988.

Not that everyone's talking about Paddy O'Prado or Dublin, but jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Terry Thompson could enjoy better trips from gates 10 and 17, respectively. Desormeaux nearly rode Big Brown to a Triple Crown just two years ago, and Dublin, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas, wouldn't be a huge surprise to win the roses.

Herewith, the post positions for Kentucky Derby 136:

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Lookin At Lucky Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert 3-1
2 Ice Box Jose Lezcano Nick Zito 10-1
3 Noble's Promise Willie Martinez Ken McPeek 12-1
4 Super Saver Calvin Borel Todd Pletcher 15-1
5 Line Of David Rafael Bejarano John Sadler 30-1
6 Stately Victor Alan Garcia Mike Maker 30-1
7 American Lion David Flores Eoin Harty 30-1
8 Dean's Kitten Robby Albarado Mike Maker 50-1
9 Make Music For Me Joel Rosario Alexis Barba 50-1
10 Paddy O'Prado Kent Desormeaux Dale Romans 20-1
11 Devil May Care John Velazquez Table Cell 10-1
12 Conveyance Martin Garcia Todd Pletcher 12-1
13 Jackson Bend Mike Smith Nick Zito 15-1
14 Mission Impazible Rajiv Maragh Todd Pletcher 20-1
15 Discreetly Mine Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 30-1
16 Awesome Act Julien Leparoux Jeremy Noseda 10-1
17 Dublin Terry Thompson D. Wayne Lukas 12-1
18 Backtalk Miguel Mena Tom Amoss 50-1
19 Homeboykris Ramon Dominguez Richard Dutrow 50-1
20 Sidney's Candy Joe Talamo John Sadler 5-1

Will Bob Baffert Get In Todd Pletcher's Way?

Bob Baffert

Lookin At Lucky Best Bet
To Surprise Eskendereya

One Great Season

Just when you think it's finally Todd Pletcher's year to win a Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert of all people looks like he might have something to say about it.

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Pletcher, a four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer who's missed on all 24 of his Derby entries, will start -- among possibly seven of his horses -- everybody's fave Eskendereya in the 136th run for the roses at Louisville's historic Churchill Downs on May 1.

Everybody except Baffert, that is.

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If most agree this is Pletcher's best chance to break through and take a memorable walk to the winner's circle around 6:30 p.m. that evening, then most probably agree that Baffert's Lookin At Lucky is the horse most likely to play the spoiler role.

Baffert, the silver-haired charmer who's won three of his own Eclipse Awards as the sport's top trainer, also has three Derby wins, by the way. And in each of those years -- 1997, 1998, 2002 -- he went on to win the Preakness two weeks later, setting up what turned out to be failed bids to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.


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Baffert is all too familiar with the roles of both upstart and heavy favorite. In 2001, his Point Given was supposed to dominate the Derby, but Monarchos surprised everyone not only by upsetting the field, but by doing so in blistering fashion. Monarchos covered the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.97, the second-fastest Derby time ever, winning by nearly five lengths. Point Given went on to win the remaining legs of the Triple Crown, but that's like beating the Cavs with LeBron sitting and Shaq recovering.

The following year, without a prohibitive Derby favorite, many expected Harlan's Holiday or Medaglia d'Oro to take the roses. Whomever it was, few were expecting Baffert's War Emblem to lead wire to wire and even find another late gear to finish in 2:01.13, the ninth-fastest time ever. In style typical of a Baffert horse, War Emblem took the Preakness but disappointed in the Belmont.

So in just a few short weeks, after you place your safe $2-across bet on Eskendereya, don't forget to put some money down on Lookin At Lucky. To win. Six triumphs in eight starts (should have been seven but was asked to start at No. 13 in the November Breeders' Cup Juvenile), including a win on dirt at last month's Rebel Stakes (after a three-month layoff), make this horse a smart bet. After a bumpy showing at last week's Santa Anita Derby, Lookin at Lucky will be well rested before the first Saturday in May.

Also of note: Nearly $1.5 million in graded stakes earnings already this year is more than double the second winningest horse, Ken McPeek's Noble's Promise.