(Full field post positions and morning-line odds are located at the bottom).

Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, the winner of three of four career starts including the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start, was made the 4-1 morning line favorite Wednesday night for Saturday’s 137th running of the $2,196,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at historic Churchill Downs. 

If all 20 horses entered in the 1 ¼-mile classic start, the race will be worth $2,196,800 with the winner receiving $1,436,800. Post time for the Kentucky Derby, which will be the 11th race on the 13-race program is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post time is 10:30 a.m.

NBC Sports will provide television coverage of the race from 4-7 p.m. with radio coverage provided by Horse Racing Radio Network from 5-7 p.m.  Derby Day racing coverage from Churchill Downs will also be available on NBC’s VERSUS network from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. along with a post-Derby show from 7-7:30.

Trained by two-time Kentucky Derby winner Nick Zito, Dialed In drew post position eight and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux, the French-born riding star who is frequently the leading jockey at Churchill Downs but has yet to enjoy success in the track’s biggest race. Dialed In won his career debut at Churchill Downs in November and started 2011 with a victory in the Holy Bull (GIII) at Gulfstream Park.

Zito’s previous Derby wins came in 1991 with Strike the Gold and 1994 with Go for Gin.  The latter also broke from post position eight.

Second on linemaker Mike Battaglia’s morning line at 9-2 is Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner as champion 2-year-old and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Churchill Downs last fall.

Uncle Mo, who was undefeated in his first four starts before a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial (GI) on April 9, will be trying to give trainer Todd Pletcher, honored five times with an Eclipse Award that recognized him as America’s leading trainer, a second consecutive Kentucky Derby victory. WinStar Farm’s Super Saver provided Pletcher with his first triumph in the Run for the Roses in 2010.

 

A victory by Uncle Mo, or his Repole-owned stablemate Stay Thirsty, would make Pletcher the seventh trainer to win back-to-back Derbies.  The most was Bob Baffert, who won with Silver Charm and Real Quiet in 1997 and ’98, respectively.

John Velazquez, who is searching for his first success in the Derby, has the mount on Uncle Mo, who will break from post position 18. Ramon Dominguez will ride Stay Thirsty, 20-1 on the morning line, who will break from post position four.

Baffert, who also won the 2002 Derby with War Emblem, will send out Midnight Interlude, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI) in his most recent start. Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Midnight Interlude will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who was aboard for War Emblem’s Derby victory.

Listed at 10-1 and co-fourth choice on the morning line with Archarcharch, Midnight Interlude will break from post position 15.

Third choice on the line at 6-1 is Zayat Stables’ Nehro, fast-closing runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) and Louisiana Derby (GII) in his past two starts. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Corey Nakatani, Nehro will break from post position 19.

Three other Grade I winners are in the field: Robert and Val Yagos’ Archarcharch, the Live Oak Plantation’s Brilliant Speed and Comma to the Top, owned by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara.

Trained by veteran William “Jinks” Fires and ridden his son-in-law Jon Court, Archarcharch rallied to win the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start. A winner of three of six career starts, Archarcharch also won the Southwest (GIII) at Oaklawn Park and the Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds. Archarcharch, 10-1 on the morning line, will break from post position one.

Brilliant Speed, trained by Tom Albertrani and ridden by Joel Rosario, enters the Derby off a nose victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland over a synthetic Polytrack surface. Saturday’s race will mark Brilliant Speed’s first start on dirt since a seventh-place finish in a maiden race at Saratoga. Brilliant Speed, 30-1 on the morning line, will break from post position two.

Winner of the CashCall Futurity to close out 2010, Comma to the Top enters Derby 137 off a narrow loss to Midnight Interlude in the Santa Anita Derby. Trained by Peter Miller, Comma to the Top will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela who partnered Sunday Silence to victory in the 1989 Derby. A 30-1 chance on the morning line, Comma to the Top will break from post position six.

Calvin Borel, who has won three of the past four Kentucky Derbys, has the mount on Twice the Appeal as he seeks to become the first jockey in the storied history of the race to win three consecutive times. Borel, who won on Street Sense in 2007 and Mine That Bird in 2009 addition to Super Saver last year, is one of only four riders to win back-to-back Derbies.   No jockey has won three in a row.

Owned by Edward Brown, Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez, Twice the Appeal is trained by Jeff Bonde. Twice the Appeal punched his ticket to Churchill Downs with a victory in the Sunland Derby (GIII) on March 27. Twice the Appeal, 20-1 on the morning line, will break from post position three.

Also trying to make some Kentucky Derby history are three women seeking to become the first of their gender to win the Run for the Roses: jockey Rosie Napravnik, and trainers Kathy Ritvo and Kathleen O’Connell.   

Napravnik will become the sixth woman jockey to ride in the race when she goes postward on George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire. Napravnik rode Pants On Fire to victory in the Louisiana Derby (GII) in March at the Fair Grounds, where she was the leading rider with 110 victories in the 83-day meet. Rosemary Homeister Jr. was the most recent woman to ride in the Derby in 2003 when she finished 13th on Supah Blitz, and Diane Crump, 15th aboard Fathom in 1970, was the first.

Ritvo trains Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man, winner of the Risen Star (GII) and third in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start. Rajiv Maragh has the mount on Mucho Macho Man, a 12-1 shot on the morning line who will break from post position 13.

O’Connell trains Tampa Bay Derby (GII) winner Watch Me Go, owned by Gilbert Campbell. Rafael Bejarano has the riding assignment on Watch Me Go, who will break from post position 20. Watch Me Go is 50-1 on the morning line.

Ritvo and O’Connell represent the 15th and 16th women to saddle a Kentucky Derby starter.  Shelly Riley came closest to winning the Derby when her Casual Lies finished second in 1992 and the Kristen Mulhall-trained Imperialism finished third in 2004.

Adding an international flavor to this year’s running is the presence of Mrs. John Magnier’s Master of Hounds. Based in Ireland and trained by Aidan O’Brien, Master of Hounds is making his second trip to Churchill Downs after having finished sixth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GII).

Garrett Gomez has the mount on Master of Hounds, who ran second in the UAE Derby (Group II) in Dubai in his lone 2011 start. Master of Hounds, 30-1 on the morning line, will break from post 11.

The field for the 137th Kentucky Derby in post position order is as follows:  Archarcharch (Jon Court), Brilliant Speed (Joel Rosario), Twice the Appeal (Calvin Borel), Stay Thirsty (Ramon Dominguez), Decisive Moment (Kerwin Clark), Comma to the Top (Patrick Valenzuela), Pants On Fire (Rosie Napravnik), Dialed In (Julien Leparoux), Derby Kitten (Javier Castellano), Twinspired (Mike Smith), Master of Hounds (Garrett Gomez), Santiva (Shaun Bridgmohan), Mucho Macho Man (Rajiv Maragh), Shackleford (Jesus Castanon), Midnight Interlude (Victor Espinoza), Animal Kingdom (Robby Albarado), Soldat (Alan Garcia), Uncle Mo (John Velazquez), Nehro (Corey Nakatani) and Watch Me Go (Rafael Bejarano). All starters carry 126 pounds.

 

2011 KENTUCKY DERBY PRESENTED BY YUM! BRANDS POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES
 
ANIMAL KINGDOM (post position 16, jockey Robby Albarado, 30-1) – Trainer Graham Motion: “That’s great. I couldn’t be happier with it. I would much rather be on the outside than stuck down on the rail. I’m very happy with it.”
         On Robby Albarado (who was injured Wednesday when kicked in the face by a horse): “I think he’s going to be OK. I’m not 100 percent sure that he’s going to be able to ride tomorrow, he’s got a broken nose and lacerations around his eye. But I talked with (Albarado’s agent) Lenny (Pike) and he’s pretty confident that he will be OK for Saturday.”
 
ARCHARCHARCH (post position 1, jockey Jon Court, 10-1) – Trainer Jinks Fires: “I have always wanted to be No. 1 but not in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. I’ll just tell Jon to get good position, save ground and figure out a way to get out. I started to get concerned (when the one hole was left and Archarcharch had not been drawn). It is still the shortest way around and at least I am not out next to the track kitchen.”
 
BRILLIANT SPEED (post position 2, jockey Joel Rosario, 30-1) – Trainer Tom Albertrani: “It’s not the worst post in the world for us because we don’t have any natural speed anyway. I was telling Kiaran (McLaughlin, trainer of Soldat), it would have been worse. They drew the 17 and the 17 has never had a winning horse in the Kentucky Derby. At least mine produced a Triple Crown winner (AssaultAffirmed).  It’s not the worst thing in the world. I think he’ll find a good stalking position, get behind some speed and hope for the best. We need a good trip. I’m looking to see him run kind of the same style that he did in the Blue Grass. Maybe not last, but maybe the same distance-wise off the front. That worked out last time. I hope it works out again.”
COMMA TO THE TOP (post position 6, jockey Patrick Valenzuela, 30-1) – Trainer Peter Miller: “I’m OK with the six. I would not have been happy with the one. (There were only two spots left on the board when Comma to the Top’s number was drawn – No. 1 or No. 6.) I’m inside, I’ve got speed and I’ve got (jockey) Patrick (Valenzuela). He’s the best (at coming out of the gate quickly).”
 
DECISIVE MOMENT (post position 5, jockey Kerwin Clark, 30-1) – Trainer Juan Arias: “It’s great. It’s a good draw, so I’ll have to sit down with Mr. (Ruben) Sierra and draw up a plan.”
DERBY KITTEN (post position 9, jockey Javier Castellano, 30-1)/TWINSPIRED (post position 10, jockey Mike Smith, 30-1) – Trainer Mike Maker: “We’re happy with the draw for both horses next to each other in the nine and 10. We were hoping to draw something around 10 and farther out, and pretty much we got that with both horses.”
 
DIALED IN (post position 8, jockey Julien Leparoux, 4-1) – Trainer Nick Zito: “I was happy with it. I think, actually, most the major players got good post positions, too. I think the draw went OK. Obviously, Archarcharch, they’re going to talk about the ‘1,’ but we were certainly happy with our draw. I thought so all week (that Dialed in would be favored). Everybody saw my horse. I guess it could have gone either way. I guess they could have put Uncle Mo at 4-1 and us 9-2, but they made us the favorite, so that’s OK. I’m flattered by it, very humbled by it. We’ll see what happens.”
 
MASTER OF HOUNDS (post position 11, jockey Garrett Gomez, 30-1) – Garrett Gomez: “It’s good. We’re not too far inside, not too far outside. We’re right in the middle of the field. We’ll have to make our own trip, just like anywhere, but I like the draw.
      Were you sweating out the one hole?
      “I was, especially because of last year (with Lookin At Lucky). I really didn’t want the one hole, especially being a horse from Europe, the way that the Europeans jump away from the gate. Even though they have been doing some work with him, usually they are just a little bit slow and not used to the American style. But the horse is well-traveled and they’ve done some work with him. Hopefully he’ll leave with the field and I can find a trip and work it out from there.”
       Assistant trainer T.J.Comerford: “If Mr. Gomez is happy, I’m happy. It was looking like No. 1 for a while, for about three out, and then it turned into 11. That’s wasn’t too bad.”
 
MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE (post position 15, jockey Victor Espinoza, 10-1) – Trainer Bob Baffert: “I’m good with that. I wanted to be like 16, around there. Sometimes if there’s a scratch you can move down. I just didn’t want to be down on the inside. I’m happy that I didn’t get the one or the 20. That one (post position), I was dreading it. My wife is at the airport. I said, ‘we’re at the draw.’ She said, ‘I’m getting ready to get on the place, let me know if we drew bad, I’m getting off the plane.’ I told her to get on the plane.”
 
MUCHO MACHO MAN (post position 13, jockey Rajiv Maragh, 12-1) – Trainer Kathy Ritvo:  “I think it’s a lucky number, 13. I got my heart transplant on the (Nov.) 13th   (2008) and I was born on Feb. 13, so I thought I’d be getting the 13.”
 
NEHRO (post position 19, jockey Corey Nakatani, 6-1) – Trainer Steve Asmussen: “He hasn’t been eliminated, you know what I mean? He needs to run the race of his life, but all is well. I really like the horses that are immediately to his inside; they’ve got pace. There are a lot of scenarios in a 20-horse field that will change how you get to the backside but I think this gives us a good chance.”
         Owner Ahmed Zayat: “Well, let’s put it this way, I’m told that from the 19 hole there has never been a winner so far. So I guess this would have to be a first. A first for Asmussen, a first for Corey Nakatani, a first for 19, and a first for Zayat.”
 
PANTS ON FIRE (post position 7, jockey Rosie Napravnik, 20-1) – Trainer Kelly Breen: “Lucky number seven, what’s not to know? I like the post position, I like what some of the other speed horses got. I think we’re in an ideal spot and we like our post position draw.  The quarter’s going to go, probably, sub-24, so no matter what you have to have a little bit of gas coming out of the gate. We’re hoping that we’re going to be forwardly placed and we have the horse right inside of us, Comma to the Top, is a pretty good draw to be right outside of him. We were looking for positives and we see them right away so that’s a pretty good sign we got a good draw.”
                      Co-owner George Hall: “I’m thrilled because two years ago we had the one hole for Westside Bernie and we learned the hard way that’s a very tough trip. So as long as we were outside a couple of positions we were OK and I think it sets up pretty well for us so we’re pleased.”
 
SANTIVA (post position 12, jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, 30-1) – Trainer Eddie Kenneally: “The 12 is a perfect spot. We’re very happy where we’ve drawn. We were looking for something in the middle of the gate and we got it. We do have some speed horses outside of us like SoldatShackleford and Uncle Mo, so we’ll likely fall in behind them. All in all, it’s perfect.”
 
SHACKLEFORD (post position 14, jockey Jesus Castanon, 12-1) – Trainer Dale Romans: “It’s a great spot for us at 14. Most of the speed is inside us, especially Comma to the Top, who is probably quicker than we are. That’s the horse you want to be outside of most of all. If we can get a clean break with the extra space (from the auxiliary gate), the hope is to sit second. Being outside of Comma to the Top gives us options.”
 
SOLDAT (post position 17, jockey Alan Garcia, 12-1) – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin: “I’m pleased. The 17 is much better than being way down inside. We’re out in the clear and just have one speed horse outside of us in Uncle Mo. The only change I would make in a perfect world would be to put Uncle Mo inside of us, too. When we were in the 18 (with Closing Argumentin 2005), we finished second. Now that we’re number 17, we hope to improve by one more placing.”
 
STAY THIRSTY (post position 4, jockey Ramon Dominguez, 20-1/UNCLE MO (post position 18, jockey John Velazquez, 9-2) – Trainer Todd Pletcher: “We’re happy with both the draws. We were afraid of the No. 1. We didn’t want to be down there. But Uncle Mo will be OK from the 18. He wants to get a good stalking position and he can do that from there. And Stay Thirsty – we were sort of rooting for the No. 4. We had great luck there last year (Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, broke from Post 4) and we don’t mind going back there again.”
 
TWICE THE APPEAL (post position 3, jockey Calvin Borel, 20-1) – Trainer Jeff Bonde: “It’s beautiful. My jock (Calvin Borel) likes the wood. You know I like the spot.”
 
WATCH ME GO (post position 20, jockey Rafael Bejarano, 50-1) – Trainer Kathleen O’Connell: “I don’t think we’d change it. I’m happier with the ‘20’ than the 1 hole.”                                  

137TH KENTUCKY DEBY

PP HORSE  JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS
1 Archarcharch Jon Court Jinks Fires 10-1
2 Brilliant Speed Joel Rosario Tom Albertrani 30-1
3 Twice the Appeal Calvin Borel Jeff Bonde 20-1
4 Stay Thirsty Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher 20-1
5 Decisive Moment Kerwin Clark Juan Arias 30-1
6 Comma to the Top Patrick Valenzuela Peter Miller 30-1
7 Pants on Fire Rosie Napravnik Kelly Breen 20-1
8 Dialed In Julien Leparoux Nick Zito 4-1
9 Derby Kitten Javier Castellano Mike Maker 30-1
10 Twinspired Mike Smith Mike Maker 30-1
11 Master of Hounds Garrett Gomez Aidan O'Brien 30-1
12 Santiva Shaun Bridgmohan Eddie Kenneally 30-1
13 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh Kathy Ritvo 12-1
14 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 12-1
15 Midnight Interlude Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 10-1
16 Animal Kingdom Robby Albarado Graham Motion 30-1
17 Soldat  Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin 12-1
18 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 9-2
19 Nehro Corey Nakatani Steve Asmussen 6-1
20 Watch Me Go Rafael Bejarano Kathleen O'Connell 50-1