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Kentucky Derby field will be full; trainer Todd Pletcher enters 5 starters

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 6:47 p.m. CDT; updated 7:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Trainer Kenny McPeek talks with an assistant after his Kentucky Derby horse race entrants, Frac Daddy and Java's War, drew post positions Nos. 18 and 19 respectively, in the blind draw at Churchill Downs on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Twenty-one horses have been entered for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, one more than the maximum field of 20.

The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on points earned in designated prep races.

Leading the way is undefeated Verrazano, winner of the Wood Memorial and Tampa Bay Derby. He's one of a record-tying five colts trained by Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher also will saddle Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Palace Malice and Charming Kitten.

Oxbow and Will Take Charge will be the record 46th and 47th Derby starters for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner.

Doug O'Neill, who trained last year's winner I'll Have Another, has Goldencents. The colt is partly owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

The 21st horse on the points list is Fear the Kitten, an also eligible who would need a defection by early Friday morning to get into the 1 ¼-mile race.

Other entries are Florida Derby winner Orb, Blue Grass winner Java's War, UAE Derby winner Lines of Battle from Ireland, Gotham winner Vyjack and Florida Derby runner-up Itsmyluckyday.

The rest of the entries are Spiral Stakes winner Black Onyx, Wood runner-up Normandy Invasion, Arkansas Derby runner-up Frac Daddy, Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute, Falling Sky, Golden Soul and Giant Finish.

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