Sports shorts: Orb is 7-2 favorite for Kentucky Derby

2013-05-02T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Orb is 7-2 favorite for Kentucky DerbyStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was 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 Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.

Verrazano drew the No. 14 post and is 4-1 for Saturday's race at Churchill Downs. The colt is one of a record-tying five starters trained by UA alum Todd Pletcher.

Another Pletcher horse, Revolutionary, is the fourth choice at 10-1.

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