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Derby Favorite Big Brown to go From No. 20 Position

Kentucky Derby 134

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) - Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.'s remains confident in Big Brown today despite the far outside post chosen in Thursday's post position selection ceermony.

With the 16th pick, the undefeated Florida Derby-winning colt's choices were Nos. 1, 2, 18, 19 and 20.

Said Dutrow, "If I picked the 18 or 19, maybe he doesn't break so good and the outside does. We prefer to break from the outside and be assured a clean trip. If he breaks good, we figured it (is) to our advantage."

The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby from the No. 20 position was Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

Churchill Downs oddsmakers have Big Brown as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the 20-horse field. Colonel John has gone from 5-1 to 4-1 and Pyro from 8-1 to 6-1.

Colonel John, the Santa Anita Derby winner, will break from the No. 10 post, while Pyro will occupy the No. 9 spot.

Gayego, whose connections had the 20th and last pick, will break from the No. 19 post, from which no horse has ever won the Derby.

Trainer Michael Matz, who had the first post selection, took the No. 8 for Visionaire. Matz selected the same post in 2006 for Barbaro, who captured the Derby.

Post Positions for Kentucky Derby 134
Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Cool Coal Man Julian Leparoux Nick Zito 20-1
2 Tale of Ekati Eibar Coa Barclay Tagg 15-1
3 Anak Nakal Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito 30-1
4 Court Vision Garrett Gomez Bill Mott 20-1
5 Eight Belles Gabriel Saez Larry Jones 20-1
6 Z Fortune Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen 15-1
7 Big Truck Javier Castellano Barclay Tagg 50-1
8 Visionaire Jose Lezcano Micahel Matz 20-1
9 Pyro Shawn Bridgmohan Steve Asmussen 6-1
10 Colonel John Corey Nakatani Eoin Harty 4-1
11 Z Humor Rene Douglas Bill Mott 30-1
12 Smooth Air Manoel Cruz Bennie Stutts, Jr. 20-1
13 Bob Black Jack Richard Migliorie James Kasparoff 20-1
14 Monba Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher 15-1
15 Adriano Edgar Prado Graham Motion 30-1
16 Denis of Cork Calvin Borel David Carol 20-1
17 Cowboy Cal John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 20-1
18 Recapturetheglory E.T. Baird Louie Roussel III 20-1
19 Gayego Mike Smith Paulo Lobo 15-1
20 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Rick Dutrow, Jr. 3-1
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