May 3, 2006

Brother Derek gets 18 post for Kentucky Derby

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek
drew the 18 post for Saturday's Kentucky Derby and was
installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite.

A full 20-horse field is set to run at Churchill Downs in
Louisville, Ky., with unbeaten Barbaro bolting from the number
eight post and Lawyer Ron from the 17th, both at early 4-1

Brother Derek trainer Dan Hendricks, saddling his first
horse for the Kentucky Derby, said he did not mind starting out
wide and avoiding the early dash for the rail.

"We want to be out where it's a little clear," Hendricks
told ESPN after the draw was made on Wednesday.

Brother Derek jockey Alex Solis finished second in the
Derby three out of four years with Captain Bodgit in 1997,
Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.

Lawyer Ron has seven victories in 14 career starts and is
riding a six-race winning streak.

"Hopefully, he can outrun some of them horses on the
inside, duck down, save some ground," his trainer Bob Holthus
said. "It's not a real good post but I didn't want to be really
down on the inside either."

The 71-year-old Hall of Fame trainer will have John McKee
in the irons as he searches for his first Derby victory in his
fifth start in the Run for the Roses.

Maryland-based gelding Sweetnorthernsaint, who romped to
victory in the Illinois Derby, was listed at 10-1 coming out of
the 11th post.

Three Bob Baffert-trained colts will open at 12-1 odds,
Sinister Minister, Point Determined, and Bob and John.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington)