Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Betting Odds



Post positions for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby were set on Wednesday morning, giving horse bettors more to work with for handicapping Saturday’s race. Position #5 has historically performed the best as horses starting from that gate have won the race 13 times since 1900. It just so has it that one of this year’s top contenders, Always Dreaming, drew that position, perhaps providing the horse with an additional edge.

Classic Empire, who’s shared time on top of the oddsboard leading up to the race with Always Dreaming, will start in position #14. Horses starting from that gate have won the race just twice in Kentucky Derby history. Right next to Classic Empire in position #15 is another top contender in this year’s race, McCraken, while Irish War Cry, who has the fourth-best odds to win the race, isn’t far off at position #17.

Here’s the complete order and information for each horse. Below you’ll find the complete history of how many winners each position has produced since 1990. Updated odds and analysis from our horse betting expert Mike Dempsey can be found here.

2017 Kentucky Derby Post Position and Odds
Post Position Horse Jockey Trainer Odds (as of May 2)
1 Lookin At Lee Corey Lanerie Steve Asmussen +2800
2 Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor +1600
3 Fast and Accurate Channing Hill Mike Maker +6600
4 Untrapped Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen +5000
5 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher +400
6 State of Honor Jose Lezcano Mark Casse +4000
7 Girvin Mike Smith Joe Sharp +1600
8 Hence Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen +2200
9 Irap Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill +2500
10 Gunnevera Javier Castellano Antonio Sano +1200
11 Battle of Midway Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer +2800
12 Sonneteer Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux +3300
13 J Boys Echo Luis Saez Dale Romans +3300
14 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Mark Casse +425
15 McCraken Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes +650
16 Tapwrit Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher +2500
17 Irish War Cry Rajiv Maragh Graham Motion +650
18 Gormley Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs +1600
19 Practical Joke Joel Rosario Chad Brown +1600
20 Patch Tyler Gaffalione Todd Pletcher +3300

Odds as of May 2 at Bovada

Post Position Winners Since 1900
Post Position Wins
1 12
2 9
3 8
4 11
5 13
6 6
7 8
8 11
9 4
10 10
11 3
12 3
13 5
14 2
15 5
16 4
17 0
18 1
19 1
20 2



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