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Kentucky Derby Post Draw: When and Where to Watch Unveiling of Post Positions

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07:  Horse walk into the starting gate during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanChief Writer IVJanuary 3, 2017

The 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, but before it begins, we must learn the post positions for those horses competing in the big race. 

On Wednesday, May 2, the post position draw will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

After being announced, it will give everyone a much better idea as to which horses are most likely to be strong contenders for the race. 

Where a horse is placed in the starting gate is of grave importance. More often than not, if a horse is on the outside, the chances of it winning the "Run for the Roses" is much smaller. 

The majority of horses that have won the Kentucky Derby had the inside track. Upon visiting the derby's website, you can see which post positions have had the best luck. 

(Note: The stats from the link above are from 1900 to 2005, but they're still a great indication that the outside post position is not where you want your horse to be. Since 2005, only twice has the winner come from the outside post position.

The post positions that have succeed the most are No. 1, No. 4,  No. 5, No. 8 and No. 10. After the 10th spot, the number of wins is a significant drop off. 

Last year's Kentucky Derby winner came from post position No. 16, so of course it isn't impossible to win from out there, but it is much harder. 

Keep an eye on which positions the top horses, such as Union Rags, Creative Cause and Bodemeister, end up being placed at. 

 

 

 

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