Before the Post Position draw, most would go with American Pharoah without a doubt. However, drawing the one post slightly hampers his chances, and having Dortmund right next to him hurts even more. The draw didn’t favor American Pharoah, but did favor another Kentucky Derby runner, Firing Line, who drew the outside. A speedy horse, Firing Line now has an easy trip to go near the front or sit back. Love the post. Dortmund does have to contend with American Pharoah right off the bat. Danzig Moon will be able to give the rest of the field some space next to Dortmund, as he should drop back to around midpack early. A horse that could cause some chaos in this race is Federico Tesio winner Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is a front runner who fights for the lead. If Dortmund goes up to duel, which he likes to do, could cause a pace situation that would help late runners like Danzig Moon. Firing Line should sit right off the pace with American Pharoah while Divining Rod will stay right behind them and Tale of Verve will travel even farther back. Mr. Z will probably be trailing the field.
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