(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.