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Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 06:25 AM UTC

BROTHER DEREK is the Favorite at Today's Kentuck Derby

Sports Section BROTHER DEREK was a bit unlucky when he drew selection spot 16 in the post position draw order. His connections had the option of choosing near the rail or on the outside, and opted to go outside with post 18. That was probably the smart move; if they had picked the inside and the break didn't go well, he might have lost all chance from the outset. With the outside draw, jockey Alex Solis will have a chance to get a good position in the first run down the long Churchill stretch. An interesting battle could loom with Lawyer Ron just to his inside in post 17. If this pair of headstrong colts try to outduel each other early, it could change the tactics of the entire race. More realistically though, Sinister Minister (#4) and Sharp Humor (#9) will be on the front end. Hendricks has insisted all along that his horse doesn't need or want the lead, and the thought here is that he is right on target. Post 18 is not a hindrance and should actually fit perfectly with the type of race he needs to run to win. His prep races have been as impressive as any horse in the race, he has been handled beautifully for his entire career; his jockey is the best in America that has never won the Derby. Since arriving in Kentucky, the California bred has looked like a winner during his morning training and in the paddock schooling sessions. Don't be fooled by those who say he is too speedy or hasn't had any tough races, he is the horse to beat and anything at 5-2 or more is a gift.

Look for Brother Derek to start the race as the favorite from outside post #18, ridden by Panamanian Alex Solis.
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