Derby: M/L favorite Bodemeister draws post 6

May 02, 2012 | Gary Quill

Derby: M/L favorite Bodemeister draws post 6

Post Positions for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby were drawn at 5:30pm EDT in the Churchill Downs facility. For those unfamiliar with the process, it’s quite primitive. This task is handled by two representatives who work in the Racing Office at Churchill Downs. One places the 8½” x 11” entry sheets, each having the horses name on it in a thin box about the width and height of a conventional toaster. The other rep has a tray of white marble size balls (referred to as “pills”), each having a number on it from 1 to (in this case) 20, which represents the slot in the starting gate in which the horse will break from and, when there are no “coupled entries”, is the saddlecloth and program number to which the horse is identified.

The first step in the process is verifying all entry sheets have been placed in the box. Then verify the correct number of “pills” have been placed on the tray. Next all of the pills are dropped into a small, hard-plastic, vase-shaped “Shaker” whose spout is wide enough to allow one pill in and out at a time. The rep (duh) shakes the pills in it. Now the actual Draw begins. One entry sheet is randomly pulled from the box. The horses name is announced. The rep holding the “Shaker” then turns it upside down, allowing one pill to fall out. He/she then announces the number on the pill. This process is repeated for as many runners are in the race.

The below chart shows the results of the Derby Post Position Draw along with my (G.Q.) predicted odds posted in yesterdays blog and the Morning Line (M/L) odds set by track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia…

PP

HORSE

SILKS

JOCKEY

TRAINER

G.Q.

M/L

1.

Daddy Long Legs

Michael Tabor silks

C. O’Donoghue

Aidan O’Brien

25-1 30-1

2.

Optimizer

Bluegrass Hall silks

Jon Court

D.Wayne Lukas

50-1

50-1

3.

Take Charge Indy

Sandford silks

Calvin Borel

Patrick Byrne

10-1

15-1

4.

Union Rags

Chadds Ford silks

Julien Leparoux

Michael Matz

6-1

9-2

5.

Dullahan

Dullahan Donagel silks

K. Desormeaux

Dale Romans

15-1

8-1

6.

Bodemeister

Zayat silks

Mike Smith

Bob Baffert

5-1

4-1

7.

Rousing Sermon

Williams silks

Jose Lezcano

Jerry Hollendorfer

35-1

50-1

8.

Creative Cause

Creative Cause Steinmann-Heainz silks

Joel Rosario

Mike Harrington

8-1

12-1

9.

Trinniberg

Shivananda silks

Willie Martinez

Bisnath Parboo

50-1

50-1

10.

Daddy Nose Best

Zollars silks

Garrett Gomez

Steve Asmussen

20-1 15-1

11.

Alpha

Godolphin silks

Rajiv Maragh

K. McLaughlin

15-1

15-1

12.

Prospective

John Oxley silks

Luis Contreras

Mark Casse

40-1

30-1

13.

Went The Day Well

Team Valor silks

John Velazquez

Graham Motion

20-1

20-1

14.

Hansen

Kendall Hansen silks

R. Dominguez

Michael Maker

15-1

10-1

15.

Gemologist

Winstar silks

J. Castellano

Todd Pletcher

8-1

6-1

16.

El Padrino

Let’s Go Stables silks

Rafael Bejarano

Todd Pletcher

25-1

20-1

17.

Done Talking

Skeedattle silks

Sheldon Russell

Hamilton Smith

40-1

50-1

18.

Sabercat

Winchell silks

Corey Nakatani

Steve Asmussen

30-1

30-1

19.

I’ll Have Another

Reddam silks

Mario Gutierrez

Doug O’Neill

8-1

12-1

20.

Liaison

Zetcher silks

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

35-1

50-1

*AE*

My Adonis

Team Valor silks

Elvis Trujillo

Kelly Breen

50-1

50-1

*AE* – indicates Also Eligible; will only run if any other entry scratches by Friday A.M.

Pimlico Turf starting gate

Recapping the ChalkFest selections from Day 18 (Sunday, April 29th) had 8 winners (3 Top Selections) with the $2 Early Double ($17.80); $2 Exacta in the 1st ($39.20), 2nd ($12.20), 6th ($24.60), 8th ($6.20) and 9th ($12.80) races; $1 Trifecta in the 6th ($24.80); $1 Pick-3 in races 7-9 ($23.90) and races 8-10 ($6.70).

Both the BEST BET (18 6-6-2) didn’t get the quickest of pace scenarios needed to close into, but did rally late to second, paying $2.60 PLACE and oddly enough $2.80 to SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (18 2-2-6) was bet down from his 15-1 M/L to 7-1 and ran a game 3rd, jumping out to the lead and not relinquishing it until the final 1/16th, but held onto the third spot, returning $3.80 to SHOW.

Selections for Day 19 at Pimlico Thursday, May 3rd card are posted below.

Soup Of The Day: Black Eyed Pea

1st race post is 1:10pm EDT. Track Condition… Dirt: FAST Turf: FIRM

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming F&M for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#2 – Captain Crusty (3-1)
#3 – Chewacla (5-2)
#1/1A – Palaciega / Elegance Girl (2-1)

2nd race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Falconhurst (7-5)
#3 – Italian Mambo (4-1)
#1 – Tuscany’s Express (3-1)

3rd race – $12,500 Maiden Claiming F&M for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#6 – Seekthe Wildlight (5-2)
#4 – Colin’s Favorite (9-2)
#2 – Pure Dreams (6-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#3 – Southern Rainbow (9-5) BEST BET
#1 – Ensign Three Six (5-2)
#8 – Bagoga (4-1)

5th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#4 – Nuit de Chance (1-1)
#2 – Just Christina (7-2)
#7 – April’s Dixie Bell (10-1)

6th race – $8,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#6 – Woodburner (15-1)
#1/1A – Voce Del Leone / Wheresmokethrsfire (2-1)
#4 – Belgian Beer (3-1)

7th race – $33,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#8 – Zalady(20-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#2 – Sprinklesmiddle Ez (7-5)
#3 – No Satis Action (3-1)

8th race – $14,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1/1A – Dancing Roman / Whateverittakes (3-1)
#2 – Classic Wildcat (5-2)
#6 – Captain My Captain (7-2)

9th race – $25,000 Optional Claiming N2X for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#2 – Peter’s Creek (10-1)
#6 – Royal Straight (8-1)
#5 – Yano (9-2)

10th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#2 – R. Bee Ess (4-1)
#6 – Crimson Sun (5-2)
#4 – Thorny (6-1)

Good Luck!

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