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    Bob Baffert’s Arkansas Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah has been installed as the morning-line favorite in Saturday's $2,203,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) going 1 ¼ miles on the main track. An overflow field of 22 was entered in the race. Nick Zito’s Frammento and a late entry of Tale of Verve from Dallas Stewart being the two also-eligibles. If a horse defects from the race before 9 a.m. Friday morning, one of this pair could draw into the race.

    In a blind pill-pull, American Pharoah, with jockey Victor Espinoza to ride, drew post 18. The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby from post 18 was Gato Del Sol in 1982.

    “Outside doesn’t really bother me,” said trainer Bob Baffert of American Pharoah’s post 18. “He’s a fast horse.”

    American Pharoah's stablemate in the Baffert barn, Dortmund, will break from post 8 under the guidance of jockey Martin Garcia. Post eight has delivered eight Kentucky Derby winners. The last being 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird in 2009.

    Churchill Downs odds-maker, Mike Battaglia, installed American Pharoah as the slight morning-line favorite at odds of 5-2, and Dortmund as the second choice at odds of 3-1. If American Pharoah were to win the race, he'd be the third favorite to win the race in as many years.

    Installed as the third choice on the morning-line is Todd Pletcher’s Carpe Diem, who will break from post two under jockey John Velazquez. Co-fourth choice, at odds of 12-1, is Todd Pletcher’s Materiality and Simon Callaghan’s Firing Line.

    James Cassidy’s Ocho Ocho Ocho drew the dreaded rail, post number one, while Ron Moquett’s Far Right drew to the far right, post 20. No horse has ever won from post 17, where D. Wayne Lukas’s Mr. Z will start the Kentucky Derby.

    The full field with jockeys and morning-line odds is below.

    Horse                                    Jockey                                      Morning-Line Odds

    Ocho Ocho Ocho               Elvis Trujillo                                     50-1

    Carpe Diem                        John Velazquez                                8-1

    Materiality                         Javier Castellano                              12-1

    Tencendur                         Manny Franco                                  30-1

    Danzig Moon                     Julien Leparoux                                30-1

    Mubtaahij                           Christophe Soumillon                     20-1

    El Kabeir                             Calvin Borel                                      30-1

    Dortmund                           Martin Garcia                                   3-1

    Bolo                                     Rafael Bejarano                               30-1

    Firing Line                           Gary Stevens                                    12-1

    Stanford                             Florent Geroux                                 30-1

    International Star                Miguel Mena                                    20-1

    Itsaknockout                      Luis Saez                                         30-1

    Keen Ice                              Kent Desormeaux                            50-1

    Frosted                               Joel Rosario                                     15-1

    War Story                           Joe Talamo                                       50-1

    Mr. Z                                  Ramon Vazquez                               50-1

    American Pharoah            Victor Espinoza                                 5-2

    Upstart                              Jose Ortiz                                       15-1

    Far Right                           Mike Smith                                      30-1

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