Not all post positions are created equal.
After so much uncertainty, all the luck, all the miles, all the talent that got 20 horses to this point, it's a matter of luck, once again, to see where they get slotted. As a result, it will be yet another hurdle for some horses and a stacked deck for others.
Trainers used to have their choice of post position based on a lottery system, but now it's a double-blind draw. The name and a number are drawn, and that's where the horse breaks.
Whoever draws Post 10 will garner the winningest post with 11.7 percent of all victories. Post 8 has a win percentage of 9.6, and Post 1 is at 9.5. Now that all the horses have a designated spot from which to break, it's on us to make sense of it.
Read on to find out the morning-line odds, as calculated by Mike Battaglia, the post positions, who got lucky and who got Post 17 (the only post with no winner to date). So, so sorry, Commanding Curve.
All quotes (unless otherwise noted) and statistics for post positions were drawn from Kentucky Derby.com and reflect all races in the starting gate era beginning in 1930.