Preakness 2014 Post Positions: Historical Look at Best Slots in Derby History

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 14, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 13:  Exercise rider Willie Delgado walks Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome off the track following a workout in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Following a riveting Kentucky Derby, it's almost time for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown when the 2014 Preakness Stakes gets underway on Saturday.

But first, the post draw will decide where each colt—and one filly—will start in Pimlico. While the posts at the Preakness are not as important as at Churchill Downs with a smaller field, getting a prime position will still be crucial for every horse.

Before the draw begins on Wednesday night, here's a look at the historical significance of each post and full information for the post draw.

 

Preakness Post Draw Information

Where: Pimlico Raceway, Baltimore, Md.

When: Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. ET

TV: HRTV

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Preakness Stakes Winners by Post Position (Since 1909)
PostWinnersMost Recent
19Tabasco Cat - 1994
29Snow Chief - 1986
311Prairie Bayou - 1993
412Curlin - 2007
511Shackleford - 2011
616Oxbow - 2013
713Lookin At Lucky - 2010
89Bernardini - 2006
94I'll Have Another - 2012
102Real Quiet - 1998
112Point Given - 2001
123Afleet Alex - 2005
131Rachel Alexandra - 2009
140N/A
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Precious Post No. 6

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field at the start of the race to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)
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There's always one post with a great history, and Post 6 is the special one in Pimlico.

There's no better example of that dominance than last year's running. Oxbow, who came in with 15-1 odds of winning, pulled past Orb and the rest of the field to win the Preakness.

Last year's post draw was posted by the Preakness Stakes' official Twitter account:

With a record 16 winners from the spot, no other post comes close. In a year where the No. 6 spot will be near the direct middle, the post is very similar to No. 10 or 11 at Churchill Downs.

Likewise, the far-inside posts have been historically bad for horses. Only one winner has came from Post 1 since 1961, with Tabasco Cat taking the prize in 1994.

 

No Worries for Outside Posts

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field at the start of the race to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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While there are only a limited number of winners from outside Post 10, that shouldn't be a concern for this year's field.

Why? Well, there are only 10 horses currently set to trot out at Pimlico on Saturday.

And after racing against a loaded field of 19 geldings in the Derby, California Chrome will have much more running room. Regardless of his post position, the colt looks like a strong contender again, as Reuters Sports notes:

Does he need a Triple Crown to prove he's great? No, but that's certainly not stopping owner Steve Coburn from putting high expectations on the horse, per Beth Harris of the Associated Press.

"I told people this colt will go down in history," Coburn said. "When he wins the Triple Crown, he will be the first California-bred to ever win a Triple Crown. That's where we're going."

Given the smaller field and the lack of geldings from the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome has a chance to take both of the first two jewels. If he can remain healthy, that might turn into a historic run at Belmont Stakes.

 

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