Justify has been made the early 3-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Europe-based Mendelssohn the 5 to 1 second choice in a full field of 20 horses.
Trained by four-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Justify drew the No. 7 post at the Churchill Downs pill pull.
“You know, seven’s fine, but he still has to break well. If he doesn’t break, it doesn’t matter what hole you’re in so, I’m happy with that,” Baffert said.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won last year with Always Dreaming, has a leading four horses in the field.