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May 2, 2013
Orb is early favorite for Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with undefeated Verrazano the second choice in a full field of 20 horses.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey is in racing's Hall of Fame, but the 62-year-old trainer has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.

Orb comes into Saturday's big race on a four-race winning streak. He won the Florida Derby in his last start.

Wood Memorial winner Verrazano drew the No. 14 post and is the 4-1 second choice. The colt is one of a record-tying five starters trained by Todd Pletcher. He won his first and only Derby in 2010 with Super Saver.

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Horses get ready for their morning workouts at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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A horse is walked around a barn at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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Some jockeys watch as Kentucky Derby hopeful Oxbow walks to the track for a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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Ray Amato Sr. works on putting a horse shoe on a horse named Herro at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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People watch as horses take to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Garry Jones
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Aileen Steinkemp of New Orleans holds a horse as it gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Steam rises as horses are washed after their morning workouts at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Offalia Mehia holds a horse while it is being bathed after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Water falls off a horse named Beat the Blues after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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The shadow of a worker is seen as he gives a horse named Scammony a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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Exercise rider Emerson Chavez rides Kentucky Derby entrant Golden Soul for a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Saturday will be the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Kentucky Derby hopefuls take to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Garry Jones
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Kentucky Derby hopefuls Falling Sky, left to right, Charming Kitten and Black Onyx go for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Orb with rider Jenn Patterson works out on Thursday May 2, 2013, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in preparation for the Kentucky Derby. Lexington Herald-Leader / Mark Cornelison
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Trainer Todd Pletcher watches one of his horses during a morning workout at Churchill Downs Monday, April 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Garry Jones
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Abel Flores takes some pictures as the sun comes up at Churchill Downs Monday, April 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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Exercise rider Peter Shelton rides Kentucky Derby entrant Itsmyluckyday for a workout at Churchill Downs Monday, April 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Morry Gash
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Horses make their way around the track before sunrise at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Garry Jones
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A hot walker takes a horse out grazing at Churchill Downs Monday, April 29, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Morry Gash
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A worker washes a horse named Stylish D'Oro after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / David Goldman
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A horse makes it's way to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel
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A horse makes it's way to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. AP / Charlie Riedel

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