BC Classic: Bernardini in No. 3 position

Nov. 1, 2006 at 2:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Bernardini, taking a six-race winning streak into Saturday's event, has drawn the No. 3 post position for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in Kentucky.

The eight races of the 2006 Breeders' Cup will be contested Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, with the 13-horse, 1 1/4-mile Classic the highlight of a sterling card.

Bernardini won the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Oct. 7 at Belmont Park to increase his winning streak. The victories have been impressive as Bernardini has won by a combined 40 lengths.

The early odds makers recognized how dominating Bernardini has been, making the 3-year-old the favorite at 1-1. Javier Castellano will be riding the favorite.

The early odds on Invasor, under Fernando Jara, were set at 5-1 and the horse will start from the No. 11 position while Lava Man and jockey Corey Nakatani, at 8-1, were placed at the No. 8 slot.

The rest of the field with post position, jockey and odds: 1, Brother Derek, Alex Solis, 30-1; 2, Premium Tap, Edgar Prado, 30-1; 4, George Washington, Michael Kinane, 10-1; 5, Lawyer Ron, Patrick Valenzuela, 20-1; 6, Prefect Drift, Garrett Gomez, 20-1; 7, David Junior, Jamie Spencer, 10-1; 9, Giacomo, Mike Smith, 30-1, 10, Flower Alley, John Velazquez, 30-1; 12, Suave, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; and 13, Sun King, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1.

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