With just nine horses in the field for the 9.5 furlong Preakness Stakes, post position is not going to be a huge factor. However, those post positions are set, and history tells us there are certainly favored positions. We all know these horses and jockeys will take any advantage they can get.
When these horses do line up in their posts, all eyes will be on Orb as he tries to complete the second leg of the Triple Crown. Joel Rosario will again get the mount on the Shug McGaughey-trained horse.
Orb looked dominant at the Kentucky Derby and there is little to suggest he won't be able to add a Preakness victory to his resume as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Check out the vitals for the race and the post positions. Then I'll offer up a look at how the different posts have fared throughout history.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, May 18
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
Purse: $1 million
Television: NBC Sports Network
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario ||
Shug McGaughey ||1-1|
Goldencents ||Kevin Krigger ||Doug O’Neill ||8-1|
|3||Titletown Five||Julien Leparoux||D. Wayne Lukas||30-1|
|4||Departing||Brian Hernandez Jr||Albert M. Stall, Jr||6-1|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||5-1|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||15-1|
|7||Will Take Charge||Mike Smith||D. Wayne Lukas||12-1|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr.||10-1|
*Morning line via KY Derby Contenders' Twitter feed.
Post Position Breakdown
As stated above, post position at the Preakness is not a huge factor. Unlike in the huge field of the Kentucky Derby, there won't be an intense push for the rail at the Preakness.
These nine horses will have plenty of time to get into position before the first turn, and there should be plenty of space.
Still, there is no doubt that some of these post positions have been stronger than others.
Worst Post Positions
Post No. 9 is the defending champion, as I'll Have Another took the crown leaving from the ninth spot last year. That same feat was also accomplished by FunnyCide in 2003.
However, we have to go all the way back to Canonero in 1971 to find a winner from the ninth post prior to that, and the ninth post been the home of the Preakness winner just four times total. This is by far the lowest of all the post positions being used for this race.
The second lowest is the first post. That position has fielded just nine winners and hasn't done so since Tabasco Cat in 1994.
Best Post Positions
The sixth post leads the way in all-time wins with a whopping 15. Smarty Jones was the last Preakness winner to start out of No. 6. He took the top spot in 2004.
While No. 6 leads the way, it is surrounded by success. The fourth post has produced 12 winners and the second, third and seventh posts all have been home to 11 winners.
Final Word on Preakness Post Positions
Will Orb triumph again?
Don't let the post position draw persuade you out of a horse you have confidence in. We need no further evidence of this than post No. 9. It has a thin list of winners, but tremendous recent success with two winners since 2003.
Also, with such a small field, it is not going to be that big of a factor.
However, if you are torn between two or more horses, why not lean on post history to help come to a conclusion? There are certainly handicapping methods that have been used over the ages that have far less merit than this.