Favorite Omaha Beach Draws Post 12 for 145th Kentucky Derby

Post positions have been drawn for Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, with Fox Hill Farms’ 4-1 morning line favorite Omaha Beach getting the 12 post in the traditional pill pull process conducted in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Grade 1 Derby offers a $3-million purse.

The Derby, conducted at the American classic distance of 1 ¼ miles on dirt, attracted 21 entries, with preference based on points earned in official Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races. Bodexpress is on the also eligible list, with scratch time Friday at 9 a.m. ET.

The Kentucky Derby has an approximate post time of 6:46 p.m. ET and the race will be televised on NBC, the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.

Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach comes in to the Derby off victories over two Bob Baffert runners in preps at Oaklawn Park. He defeated 2-year-old champion Game Winner in the G2 Rebel Stakes and then beat Improbable over a sloppy track in the G1 Arkansas Derby. Baffert, who also has G1 Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the Kentucky Derby, is seeking a sixth victory in the Run for the Roses (which would tie him with Ben Jones as the most successful trainer in Derby history) while Mandella is seeking his first in his initial try since 2004 and his seventh starter overall.

Post positions, with sire, trainer, jockey and morning line odds.

1-War of Will (War Front), Mark Casse, Tyler Gaffalione, 20-1
2-Tax (Arch), Danny Gargan, Junior Alvarado, 20-1
3-By My Standards (Goldencents), Bret Calhoun, Gabriel Saez, 20-1
4-Gray Magician (Graydar), Peter Miller, Drayden Van Dyke, 50-1
5-Improbable (City Zip), Bob Baffert, Irad Ortiz Jr., 6-1
6-Vekoma (Candy Ride), George Weaver, Javier Castellano, 20-1
7-Maximum Security (New Year’s Day), Jason Servis, Luis Saez, 10-1
8-Tacitus (Tapit) , William Mott, Jose Ortiz, 10-1
9-Plus Que Parfait (Point of Entry), Brandan Walsh, Ricardo Santana Jr., 30-1
10-Cutting Humor (First Samurai), Todd Pletcher, Corey Lanerie, 30-1
11-Haikal (Daaher), Kiaran McLaughlin, Rajiv Maragh, 30-1
12-Omaha Beach (War Front), Richard Mandella, Mike Smith, 4-1
13-Code of Honor (Noble Mission), Shug McGaughey, John Velazquez, 15-1
14-Win Win Win (Hat Trick), Michael Trombetta, Julian Pimentel, 15-1
15-Master Fencer (Just a Way), Koichi Tsunoda, Julien Leparoux, 50-1
16-Game Winner (Candy Ride), Bob Baffert, Joel Rosario, 5-1
17-Roadster (Quality Road), Bob Baffert, Florent Geroux, 6-1
18-Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy), Steve Asmussen, Jon Court, 30-1
19-Spinoff (Hard Spun), Todd Pletcher, Manny Franco, 30-1
20-Country House (Lookin At Lucky), William Mott, Flavien Prat, 30-1

Also eligible:
Bodexpress (Bodemeister), Gustavo Delgado, Chris Landeros, 30-1

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