American Pharoah Gets Post Position 18

Only one horse has won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 18 post position since 1930, but betting favorite American Pharoah will be looking to make it two on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

American Pharoah drew the No. 18 post position late on Wednesday afternoon, with Gato Del Sol in 1982 the last horse to win the Derby from that gate. I’ll Have Another won from the No. 19 position in 2012, and Big Brown won from the No. 20 position in 2008.

Earlier in the day online sportsbook Bodog had American Pharoah pegged as the 9/4 favorite on the odds to win the Kentucky Derby, with Dortmund second at 9/2, Carpe Diem third at 7/1, Materiality fourth at 12/1, and Mubtaahij fifth at 14/1.

Dortmund drew the No. 8 post position, with Carpe Diem at No. 2, Materiality at No. 3, and Mubtaahij at No. 6. Ocho Ocho Ocho, who entered the day at 40/1 on the Kentucky Derby betting lines at Bodog, drew the No. 1 post position, while Far Right, at 33/1 on the race odds earlier in the day, drew the No. 20 post position.

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 5 post position last year, with Orb winning from No. 16 in 2013, and Animal Kingdom winning from No. 16 in 2011. Super Saver raced to the Kentucky Derby victory from the No. 4 position in 2010, while Mine That Bird won from the No. 8 position in 2009.

Since 1930 the No. 10 and No. 5 post positions have produced the most Kentucky Derby winners with nine each, with No. 1 and No. 8 producing eight each, and No. 2 producing seven. Only three horses since 1930 have managed to win the Kentucky Derby from farther back than the No. 16 position.

2015 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

01 – Ocho Ocho Ocho
02 – Carpe Diem
03 – Materiality
04 – Tencendur
05 – Danzig Moon
06 – Mubtaahij
07 – El Kabeir
08 – Dortmund
09 – Bolo
10 – Firing Line
11 – Stanford
12 – International Star
13 – Itsaknockout
14 – Keen Ice
15 – Frosted
16 – War Story
17 – Mr. Z
18 – American Pharoah
19 – Upstart
20 – Far Right

Post Position – Derby Winners Since 1930

01 – 8
02 – 7
03 – 5
04 – 5
05 – 9
06 – 2
07 – 6
08 – 8
09 – 4
10 – 9
11 – 2
12 – 3
13 – 3
14 – 2
15 – 3
16 – 5
17 – 0
18 – 1
19 – 1
20 – 1

Year – Winner – Post Position

2014 – California Chrome – 5
2013 – Orb – 16
2012 – I’ll Have Another – 19
2011 – Animal Kingdom – 16
2010 – Super Saver – 4
2009 – Mine That Bird – 8
2008 – Big Brown – 20
2007 – Street Sense – 7
2006 – Barbaro – 8
2005 – Giacomo – 10
2004 – Smarty Jones – 13
2003 – Funny Cide – 5
2002 – War Emblem – 5
2001 – Monarchos – 16
2000 – Fusaichi Pegasus – 15
1999 – Charismatic – 16
1998 – Real Quiet – 3
1997 – Silver Charm – 5
1996 – Grindstone – 15
1995 – Thunder Gulch – 16
1994 – Go for Gin – 8
1993 – Sea Hero – 6
1992 – Lil E. Tee – 10
1991 – Strike the Gold – 5
1990 – Unbridled – 8
1989 – Sunday Silence – 10
1988 – Winning Colors – 11
1987 – Alysheba – 3
1986 – Ferdinand – 1
1985 – Spend a Buck – 10
1984 – Swale – 15
1983 – Sunny’s Halo – 10
1982 – Gato Del Sol – 18
1981 – Pleasant Colony – 7
1980 – Genuine Risk – 10
1979 – Spectacular Bid – 3
1978 – Affirmed – 2
1977 – Seattle Slew – 4
1976 – Bold Forbes – 2
1975 – Foolish Pleasure – 3
1974 – Cannonade – 2
1973 – Secretariat – 10
1972 – Riva Ridge – 9
1971 – Canonero II – 12
1970 – Dust Commander – 2
1969 – Majestic Prince – 8
1968 – Forward Pass – 13
1967 – Proud Clarion – 7
1966 – Kauai King – 12
1965 – Lucky Debonair – 8
1964 – Northern Dancer – 7
1963 – Chateaugay – 1
1962 – Decidedly – 4
1961 – Carry Back – 14
1960 – Venetian Way – 9
1959 – Tomy Lee – 9
1958 – Tim Tam – 2
1957 – Iron Liege – 6
1956 – Needles – 1
1955 – Swaps – 8
1954 – Determine – 7
1953 – Dark Star – 10
1952 – Hill Gail – 1
1951 – Count Turf – 9
1950 – Middleground – 14
1949 – Ponder – 2
1948 – Citation – 1
1947 – Jet Pilot – 13
1946 – Assault – 2
1945 – Hoop Jr. – 12
1944 – Pensive – 4
1943 – Count Fleet – 5
1942 – Shut Out – 3
1941 – Whirlaway – 4
1940 – Gallahadion – 1
1939 – Johnstown – 5
1938 – Lawrin – 1
1937 – War Admiral – 1
1936 – Bold Venture – 5
1935 – Omaha – 10
1934 – Cavalcade – 8
1933 – Brokers Tip – 11
1932 – Burgoo King – 13
1931 – Twenty Grand – 5
1930 – Gallant Fox – 7

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