Post positions for the 2017 Kentucky Derby were drawn on Wednesday morning. Does a horses starting position matter? Here is a look at the post position history for the Kentucky Derby.

Classic Empire, the early favorite, drew the 14th post. Only two horses have won the Derby out of that starting position and less than 20% have finished in the money (top 3).

Always Dreaming, the second favorite at 5/1 with McCraken, will start in the 5-hole. That post position is tied for the most past champions (9), the most recent being California Chrome in 2014.

Of the top four contenders (Classic Empire, Always Dreaming, McCraken and Irish War Cry), none will start in the 1 spot. Most bettors avoid backing a horse in the first gate in a big field for fear that they will get boxed in and pushed against the rail. The last champion to start in the No. 1 position was Ferdinand (1986).

There are 22 horses available to race this year. What position will the winner come from? We will find out on Saturday.

Kentucky Derby Post Position History since 1930

Note: the Record is read as (total horses, first, second, third) and ITM stands for “in the money”.

PostRecordWin%ITM%
187-8-4-59.219.5
287-7-5-13828.7
387-5-6-85.721.8
487-5-6-45.717.2
587-9-8-310.323
687-2-7-32.313.8
786-6-6-5719.8
886-8-5-59.320.9
983-4-5-84.820.5
1080-9-6-911.330
1176-2-5-32.613.2
1272-3-3-34.212.5
1370-5-5-77.124.3
1462-2-5-53.219.4
1555-5-2-19.114.5
1646-4-3-38.721.7
1738-0-1-207.9
1830-1-4-03.316.7
1925-1-1-048
2015-1-0-16.713.3
212-0-0-000
221-0-0-000
231-0-0-000

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