On Saturday, May 18, the 2013 Preakness Stakes will transpire at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. With less than a week remaining until the event takes place, oddsmakers around the globe are attempting to gauge the favorites and determine who will win the prestigious event.
For those into a mix of advanced statistics and superstition, there is another method of evaluation—determining the value of a positional draw.
It may not be the most ideal method of determining a favorite, but there is reason to believe that post position will play a role. After all, every horse must blend ability with luck in order to reach the height of legends by winning the Preakness Stakes.
Fortunately, there are starting positions that have created past success.
Time: Saturday, May 18 at 6:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
3. Post No. 11
Horses coming out of the No. 11 spot have not won the Preakness Stakes since Point Given in 2001. With that being said, horses coming out of the No. 11 starting position have experienced a different type of success.
Animal Kingdom, the runner-up at the 2011 Preakness Stakes, came out of the No. 11 spot and finished just behind eventual winner Shackleford.
It may not be a win, but it proves how financially rewarding the No. 11 starting spot can be. More importantly, it proves just how close those horses have come to winning the prestigious race.
Perhaps 2013 will be the year a horse breaks through.
2. Post No. 9
The second-best post position for any horse at the 2013 Preakness Stakes would be the No. 9 spot. Only two horses have won out of the No. 9 spot since 2003, but the key here is recent history of the starting position.
2012 Preakness Stakes champion I'll Have Another came out of the No. 9 position.
Funny Cide was the other winner, taking home the Preakness Stakes gold in 2013. In turn, the No. 9 position has proven to be of strong significance to those starting in the illustrious race.
Unfortunately, no horse has finished higher than fifth coming out of the No. 9 spot since 2007.
1. Post No. 7
Since 1989, seven winners of the Preakness Stakes have started at the seventh post position. That includes three winners since 2004 and two of the past five horses that have conquered Belmont Stakes.
If that's not enough, the 2012 runner-up, Bodemeister, started at No. 7.
There's no guarantee that we'll see the No. 7 horse experience the same twist of fate in 2013, but the odds are certainly in their favor. Starting at lucky No. 7 appears to have a powerful impact on the horses involved in this legendary race.
So much so that we would be right to suggest we'll see a repeat of history this time around.
Significant horses that won coming out of the No. 7 spot include Big Brown, Lookin At Lucky, Smarty Jones and Sunday Silence. Even Bee Bee Bee won coming out of the No. 7 during the race in 1972.
History is in the favor of Lucky No. 7.