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Justify to start from No. 7 post as Kentucky Derby favorite

Justify to start from No. 7 post as Kentucky Derby favorite

Justify has come into his first piece of luck as he tries to break the “Curse of Apollo” and become the first horse in 136 years to win the Kentucky Derby after not running as a 2-year-old.

The Bob Baffert-trained colt will start from the coveted No. 7 post in the 20-horse field and was listed as a 3-1 favorite in the morning line after the post-position draw at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning.

“That’s a good spot,” Baffert said, looking ahead to Saturday’s race. “We didn’t want to be in the one-hole and we didn’t want to be 20. Seven is fine, but he still has to break well. If he doesn’t break well, it doesn’t matter what hole he’s in. … He’s lightly raced and he has to...

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