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My Kentucky Derby 139 picks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Seems strange to exclude Todd Pletcher's 5-horse brigade from my superfecta, but, well ... there it is.

I like my top three better than all of his, it's as simple as that, and I'm willing to throw Oxbow underneath them because of his pedigree and the fact that he finally drew a post other than the 10.

I'm going to trust King of the Universe Joel Rosario to get Orb closer to what could be a slowish pace today, and have been swayed by Orb's affinity for the main track during his works.

Trainer Chad Brown said he and owner Rick Porter wanted to draw in the middle, the 6 or farther out, but Javier Castellano said he preferred to be a hair inside of that, so if Javy is happy, I'm happy.

Tempted to pick Itsmyluckyday on top, but hoping the distance is just a little out of range.

1. Orb
2. Normandy Invasion
3. Itsmyluckyday
4. Oxbow

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