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Field set for 140th Kentucky Derby; California Chrome early favorite

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A full field of 20 horses is set for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby and California Chrome is the early 5-2 favorite.

Trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman, California Chrome drew the fifth post on Wednesday. Eight horses have won from there, most recently Funny Cide in 2003.

Sherman could become the oldest trainer to win the Derby, surpassing Charlie Whittingham's mark of 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.

Hoppertunity drew the No. 11 post and is 6-1 for the race Saturday at Churchill Downs. He's trained by Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner.

Ride on Curlin, a Louisville-owned contender sired by North America's all-time richest horse Curlin, drew the 19th post and 15-1 odds.

Wicked Strong, named for the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings, is the 8-1 third choice and will break from the 20th post on the far outside.

STARTING POSTS AND ODDS
No. 1: Vicar's In Trouble, 20-1

No. 2: Harry's Holiday, 50-1

No. 3: Uncle Sigh, 30-1

No. 4: Danza, 10-1

No. 5: California Chrome, 5-2

No. 6: Samraat, 15-1

No. 7: We Miss Artie, 50-1

No. 8: General A Rod, 15-1

No. 9: Vinceremos, 30-1

No. 10: Wildcat Red, 15-1

No. 11: Hoppertunity, 6-1

No. 12: Dance With Fate, 20-1

No. 13: Chitu, 20-1

No. 14: Medal Count, 20-1

No. 15: Tapiture, 15-1

No. 16: Intense Holiday, 12-1

No. 17: Commanding Curve, 50-1

No. 18: Candy Boy, 20-1

No. 19: Ride on Curlin, 15-1

No. 20: Wicked Strong, 8-1

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