Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Positions: Final Projections, Odds Payout and Post Info

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2015

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Dortmund, center,with Martin Garcia aboard, wins the Grade II $400,000 San Felipe Stakes horse race Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
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It's seemingly been a long time coming, but the 2015 Kentucky Derby is finally here. After all the buildup, speculation and wavering odds, Saturday will see a hugely competitive field run at Churchill Downs.

American Pharoah is the favourite, but Dortmund, Mubtaahij, Carpe Diem, Danzig Moon and Frosted are all sure to be in the mix come the final furlong.

American Pharoah will have to buck a historic trend if he is going to triumph. Following the post draw on Wednesday, the withdrawals of El Kabeir and Stanford saw a reshuffle take place.

For the Bob Baffert-trained Pharoah, that means a start from gate No. 17, the only hole that has never produced a Derby winner, per Odds Shark:

OddsShark @OddsShark

ICYMI: #AmericanPharoah moves to post position No. 17, where no horse has ever won the #KentuckyDerby. Read more at http://t.co/GyCrSOvRWE

However, American Pharoah has the talent to buck the trend and come through as the winner with 2014 winner Victor Espinoza on board.

Here are final projections for where each horse will finish in the 141st Run for the Roses as well as the latest odds and the post positions following the withdrawals:

2015 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Odds
PostHorseJockeyTrainerOddsPredicted Finish
2Ocho Ocho OchoElvis TrujilloJim Cassidy25-110-19
3Carpe DiemJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher8-16
4MaterialityJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher16-15
5TencendurManny FrancoGeorge Weaver50-19
6Danzig MoonJulien LeparouxMark Casse33-14
7MubtaahijChristophe SoumillonMike de Kock12-12
8DortmundMartin GarciaBob Baffert18-53
9BoloRafael BejaranoCarla Gaines40-110-19
10Firing LineGary StevensSimon Callaghan12-110-19
11ItsaknockoutLuis SaezTodd Pletcher33-18
12Keen IceKent DesormeauxDale Romans40-110-19
13FrostedJoel RosarioKiaran McLaughlin16-17
14War StoryJoe TalamoTom Amoss50-110-19
15Mr. ZRamon VazquezD. Wayne Lukas50-110-19
16American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert13-51
17UpstartJose OrtizRick Violette Jr.25-110-19
18Far RightMike SmithRon Moquett40-110-19
19FrammentoCorey NakataniNick Zito66-110-19
Odds Shark

Pharoah's performance at the Arkansas Derby last month was hugely impressive. He thrashed a decent field by eight lengths and looked to have a couple of additional gears to go up into if needed.

He will need to reach top gear to triumph on Saturday, but as racing analyst Joe Kristufek notes, he has looked in irresistible form in training: 

A sure thing is not a possibility in the Derby, though, as the size and strength of the field make unpredictability a facet of every Run for the Roses.

That could play into the hands of relative outsider Danzig Moon, who is worthy of backing, as he has looked in good shape recently.

He finished second to Carpe Diem at the Blue Grass Stakes in his last run, a distinct improvement on his fourth-place showing at the Tampa Bay Derby in March.

As North American Trainer's Frances Karon notes, a decent showing from Danzig Moon would be no surprise:

Frances J Karon @francesjkaron

John Oxley's Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon; @casseracingnc). I wouldn't be surprised to see him be a factor in #KYDerby. http://t.co/5aWH06eiC0

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Danzig Moon has a decent starting position from No. 6, with hotly tipped duo Mubtaahij and Dortmund just outside him.

Dortmund is undefeated in six career races, and his win at the Santa Anita Derby in April was particularly impressive. Also trained by Baffert, who arguably has the race's two best prospects, Dortmund will be looking to outrun American Pharoah.

Mubtaahij will be looking to become the first foreign-trained horse to win the Derby, bringing form into the race after an eight-length triumph at the UAE Derby.

Bettors have no guarantees when it comes to which horse to back in the Kentucky Derby, but a handful of runners are being widely tipped for glory.

Whether the likes of American Pharoah live up to the hype remains to be seen, but it is set to be a storming contest in Louisville. 

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