A great horse will win from any post position, but that doesn't mean there aren't some spots in the gates that increase the chances of victory.
For instance, if Orb puts on a finishing kick like he did en route to winning the Kentucky Derby, it won't matter where he starts the race—he'll still be the first to cross the finish line.
Post positions aren't as pivotal at the Preakness Stakes as they are at its Triple Crown predecessor, the Kentucky Derby.
The Preakness features a smaller field, which greatly diminishes the chances of getting locked in traffic. Also, at 9.5 furlongs, horses at the Preakness have ample time before hitting the first turn.
Let's start with post positions that don't tend to produce winners: nine to 11. Those three spots have fielded the winner for the Preakness just eight times since 1909.
However, that didn't stop I'll Have Another from crossing the finish line first last year after starting in the ninth post.
Meanwhile, Nos. 1 and 8 haven't seen a lot success either. These two spots have been the starting spot for just nine Preakness winners since 1909.
Will post position factor into your pick for the Preakness?
Meanwhile, the fifth spot is a nice starting territory, but it isn't all that high on the wins list as it has 10 winners to its credit.
Now, onto the post positions that will really get jockeys excited.
The second, third and seventh posts have each fielded 11 winners. An impressive number, but not enough to hang with the fourth spot, which has produced 12 winners.
And all of these posts are envious of No. 6. The sixth post at the Preakness will be on the top of jockeys' wish list as it has fielded a whopping 15 winners.
So, posts two through seven all are strong starting spots for the Preakness, and jockeys will be more than happy to start there.
However, posts certainly aren't the end all be all, but this is certainly a useful tool if you are torn between several horses.
In the end, no matter where he lines up, Orb is certain to be a huge favorite. And if he gets one of the coveted positions his odds will be even lower.