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Who Will Win the Run for the Roses?

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The starting positions and field for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby are set.

WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning speaks with racing analyst Ed DeRosa, director of communications for Ed thinks he’s narrowed the field down to two horses, admittedly two of the favorites.

”I love Classic Empire. He was the best two-year-old last year. He had some hiccups earlier this year but he ‘s back on the right track. He won the Arkansas Derby; he’s my pick to win. And, Irish War Cry is my second choice, but I’m gonna use both of them pretty heavily [in my wagers],” DeRosa said.

143rd Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Kentucky Derby post position and odds, as of Saturday morning:

  1. Lookin at Lee 27-1
  2. Thunder Snow 18-1
  3. Fast and Accurate 38-1
  4. Untrapped 63-1
  5. Always Dreaming 4-1
  6. State of Honor 55-1
  7. Girvin 21-1
  8. Hence 15-1
  9. Irap 39-1
  10. Gunnevera 9-1
  11. Battle of Midway 37-1
  12. Sonneteer 35-1
  13. J Boys Echo 44-1
  14. Classic Empire 7-1
  15. McCracken 7-1
  16. Tapwrit 27-1
  17. Irish War Cry 5-1
  18. Gormley 21-1
  19. Practical Joke 30-1
  20. Patch 15-1

DeRosa estimated that more than $120 million would be wagered on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby alone, and more than $170 million in total wagers on the day’s races at Churchill Downs.

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