By Josh Cook
Kentucky Derby 136 is just a few days away and with Wednesday's post position draw, as well as word that Endorsement has dropped out, here are our updated rankings of the Top 10 horses for Saturday's Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
1. Awesome Act (10-1 odds) - The English import who won the Gotham Stakes but was third at the Wood Memorial behind Jackson Bend (barely) and Eskendereya, jumps from third to first in our rankings because he got a better draw than the top two favorites.
"I'm happy," Awesome Act co-owner Tom Ludt said after the post position draw. "He's a closer and not inside, so we should be able to sit out and ride comfortably."
2. Sidney's Candy (5-1) - It's easier to come from the far outside than the far inside, that's why he stays third but jumps Lookin At Lucky. The colt stumbled out of the gate, but still won the Santa Anita in impressive fashion. Wonderboy jockey Joe Talamo (who is just 20) was supposed to ride last year's favorite I Want Revenge until he scratched on Derby day. He'll look for redemption this year.
3. Lookin At Lucky (3-1) - It's not impossible to win from the No. 1 hole, but it's not easy either. That's why the champion 2-year-old, who looks to rebound after a bad trip in the Santa Anita Derby, drops from first to third in our latest rankings.
4. Devil May Care (10-1) -The filly jumps up one spot in our latest rankings thanks to a decent post position (No. 11). She probably isn't as good as last year's Oaks and Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, but it won't hurt that she'll have Eskendereya jock John Velazquez aboard.
5. Noble's Promise (12-1) - The No. 3 hole isn't as bad as the No. 1, but it's tough enough to drop from fourth to fifth in our rankings. He finished out of the money (fifth) for the first time in his career at April 10's Arkansas Derby and left with a lung infection and some cuts and scrapes.
6. Mission Impazible (20-1) - Another member of Todd Pletcher's "Todd Squad," who is coming off a victory in the Louisiana Derby, moves up from seventh after Endorsement dropped out.
7. Conveyance (12-1) - This colt, another of Bob Baffert's horses, has four wins and one runner-up (in the Sunland Derby) in five career starts. He moves up from ninth thanks to his No. 12 post position.
8. Dublin (12-1) - D. Wayne Lukas' horse, who was third in the Arkansas Derby, moves into the Top 10 thanks to Endorsement's drop out and his decent post position (No. 17).
9. Super Saver (15-1) - Any horse with Calvin Borel on board has a chance. This one moves up one spot thanks to a good post position (No. 4).
10. Ice Box (10-1) - Nick Zito's horse, who won the Florida Derby on March 20, drops from eighth thanks to his No. 2 post position.
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