The Bob Baffert-trained Flashback drew post position No. 1 for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and was installed as the 9-5 favorite in a nine-horse field.
"I really don't like the one hole," Baffert said after Wednesday's draw for the 1 1/8-mile test.
Flashback, a gray 3-year-old son of Tapit, finished second at Santa Anita in the March 9 San Felipe Stakes behind Hear The Ghost after getting into a speed duel with Goldencents. It has resulted in Baffert switching jockeys — Garrett Gomez will replace Julien Leparoux on Flashback.
The rail position will increase the pressure on Gomez to make a judgment on how best to put Flashback into a comfortable position, because there once again will be several horses with lots of speed in the race.
Goldencents, the fourth-place finisher in the San Felipe, will break from No. 5 under jockey Kevin Krigger.
Hear The Ghost is the 5-2 second choice and will break from the No. 2 position with Corey Nakatani riding. Nakatani, 42, has great confidence that Hear The Ghost can repeat his come-from-behind performance from the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe.