The post draw for the 141st Kentucky Derby is set to take place on Wednesday, and punters and racing fans will finally get to know from which stalls some of the favourites will be racing.
All eyes will be on Bob Baffert's two prized colts, American Pharoah and Dortmund. International Star leads all horses in the season ranking, and Irish-bred Mubtaahij is expected to perform well at Churchill Downs as well.
This year's field is deep and strong, with plenty of possible winners entering the race. The post draw will give us a clearer view of which horses should be regarded as the absolute favourites and which unlucky few might miss out.
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
TV Info: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
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According to the latest odds, courtesy of Odds Shark, American Pharoah and Dortmund are the favourites for this year's race heading into the post draw:
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Both are trained by legendary trainer Baffert, who's been kept without a win in the Kentucky Derby since War Emblem in 2002.
Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome to a comprehensive win last year, and he'll be on top of American Pharoah on Saturday. The jockey is confident he can repeat last year's success:
American Pharoah looked awesome at this year's Arkansas Derby in an easy win. He has pace to burn and the stamina to continue accelerating during the final stretch, so it's easy to see why the oddsmakers are such big fans.
Dortmund isn't too far behind his stablemate and enters the Kentucky Derby undefeated and battle-tested. Firing Line twice challenged the colt tremendously in past races, highlighting why he too should be counted among the favourites.
Baffert compared the huge colt to Wisconsin basketball star Frank Kaminsky, as shared by this fan, and his huge strides have so far taken him to victory in every race he has entered:
Behind Baffert's duo, punters will keep an eye on Mubtaahij, who has dominated racing in Dubai and already has a number of wins under his belt in races longer than the Derby. Firing Line, Carpe Diem, Frosted and Materiality also have great shots at causing an upset, providing they get favourable draws.
The Kentucky Derby's official website provides fans with full historical info regarding each post and its chance of success, and the 10th post jumps out immediately. From that starting position, the race has seen nine winners, good for 11.5 percent. More than 30 percent of the time, horses starting from that position have finished in the money.
The fifth post has also provided nine past winners, including last year's victor, California Chrome.
The post to avoid is 17, which has never produced a Derby winner. Posts 18, 19 and 20 have yielded only one winner each.