LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Kentucky Derby held its annual draw today for the 134th 'Run For The Roses' and Adriano will start in the 15th position and is a 30 to 1 pick.
Big Brown is the favorite in this year's race at 3 to 1 odds and will start on the outside in the 20th position while Colonel John is at 4 to 1.
Adriano is coming off a win at the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 22. Edgar Prado rode Adriano to victory in that race and will guide the Courtlandt Farms product in Saturday's Derby.
Bryan native Don Adam was unsure whether or not to enter Adriano in the Kentucky Derby since he'd never run a mile and an quarter and his only race on "true" dirt was a 9th place finish.
Adam changed his mind when Prado, who rode Barbaro to a 2006 Kentucky Derby win, decided he'd ride Adriano over two other derby horses. Also, former Texas A&M men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie, who has been a guest of Adam at the last 4 Derby's felt like judging Adriano on just 1 race on the dirt with 1 shoe missing was unfair.
"Coach said, 'Don, just put one tennis shoe on one foot and go barefooted. Walk around all day and see how comfortable you are. He didn't have a fair chance.'" said Adam.
Adam hasn't had a lot of luck in his horse racing ventures, but is hoping that changes on Saturday with a horse that bears his name.