Kentucky Oaks and Derby Post Draw Times Announced

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Sunday, April 25, 2021
It's Derby Week! That means there's a lot of action happening as we head into the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The Post Position Daw for the 147th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) will be held on Monday, April 16th at 11 a.m. EST and the draw for the $147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) will be held Tuesday, April 27th at 11 a.m. EST in the Aristides Lounge on the second floor of the Churchill Downs' Clubhouse. Due to COVID-19 protocols, only select media, owners and trainers will be allowed inside. 

The draw for the Oaks and Derby post positions will be a traditional "pill pull" in which the horses' entry blanks and the numbered pill will be drawn simultatenously to determine which post position each horse will receive in the starting gate. Up to 18 horses may enter the Oaks with four horses ranked as "also eligible." These horses may be pulled into the field should any horses scratch prior to scratch time on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. Up to 24 horses may enter the Kentucky Derby with four horses listed as "also eligible." Scratch time for the Derby is also Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. 

Both post position draws will follow a similar schedule with an introduction at 11:03, drawing held for the first 10 horses, a short break, the remaining draw, another short break and then at 11:23, the reveal of Mike Battaglia's Morning Line Odds by Travis Stone. 

Both draws will be steamed live on The Derby draw will be televised live on FS2 nationally from 11 a/m to 12 p.m. EST. NBC affiliate in WAVE-3 in Louisville will also broadcast the draw.

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