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Orb made early favorite for the Kentucky Derby; undefeated Verrazano is second choice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Doug O'Neill had a good day on two courses.

First he birdied the eighth hole during a Wednesday afternoon golf outing at Valhalla and then he aced the Kentucky Derby draw when Goldencents landed in the No. 8 post and was made the 5-1 third choice for Saturday’s race.

‘‘It should be perfect for him,’’ said O'Neill, who saddled last year’s winner, I'll Have Another.

‘‘Perfect’’ was not the way last year’s Triple Crown series ended for O'Neill and his colt. I'll Have Another was retired with a leg injury the day before the Belmont.

Orb was made the slight 7-2 favorite over undefeated Verrazano. Orb drew the No. 16 post.

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