Let’s get one thing straight: post position matters in the Kentucky Derby.
It’s not a staggered start like in track and field, so a horse breaking from the far outside has a very short quarter of a mile to angle in to the clubhouse turn. Naturally, only one horse has won from Post 20, and his name is Big Brown.
Post 1 is no dunk in a hot tub either. The way the gate lines up, if the horse were to run in a total straight line he’d run into the fence.
Oh, yeah, and there’s 20 horses, 80 hooves kicking, churning and burning for position, which makes certain posts better to be in.
And the numbers? They don’t lie.
Note: Post position statistics from KentuckyDerby.com and courtesy of Churchill Downs's media department. Stats factor in when the starting gate was adopted in 1930.