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2018 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

Kentucky DerbyIN PROGRESS....

The May 5th running of the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be the 144th time that the race has been held since the first derby horses raced down the track in Louisville in 1875.

Although post positions are usually drawn on the Wednesday before the big race, an early draw this year came on on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 live from Churchill Downs beginning at 11AM ET.

2018 Kentucky Derby post positions

Horse & Post Position Trainer Jockey ML Odds
1. Firenze Fire Jason Servis Paco Lopez 50-1
2. Free Drop Billy Dale Romans Robby Albarado 30-1
3. Promises Fulfilled
Dale Romans Corey Lanerie 30-1
4. Flameaway Mark Casse José Lezcano 30-1
5. Audible Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 8-1
6. Good Magic Chad Brown José Ortiz 12-1
7. Justify Bob Baffert Mike Smith 3-1
8. Lone Sailor Tom Amoss James Graham 50-1
9. Hofburg Bill Mott Irad Ortiz Jr. 20-1
10. My Boy Jack Keith Desormeaux Kent Desormeaux 20-1
11. Bolt D'Oro Mick Ruis Victor Espinoza 8-1
12. Enticed Kiaran McLaughlin Junior Alvaradoo 30-1
13. Bravazo D. Wayne Lukas Luis Contreras 50-1
14. Mendelssohn Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 5-1
15. Instilled Regard Jerry Hollendorfer Drayden Van Dyke 50-1
16. Magnum Moon Todd Pletcher Luis Saez 6-1
17. Solomini Bob Baffert Flavien Prat 30-1
18. Vino Rosso Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 12-1
19. Noble Indy Todd Pletcher Florent Geroux 30-1
20. Combatant Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana Jr 50-1


Picking a Derby winner

To choose the winner you need to know the pedigree of the horse and his past history in the Stakes races. How the horse handles various track conditions can mean the difference between a win or an also-ran.

Who trains and rides the colt is another fact that handicappers look at. Pros can also look back on patterns of past Kentucky Derby winners and use that knowledge to predict the outcome.

Since 2000, only three of the horses who were favorites at the start of the Kentucky Derby finished in the money. In 2000 Fusaichi Pegasus won and in 2004 Smarty Jones won. Empire Maker placed in 2003. Harlan's Holiday (2002), Bellamy Road (2005) and Sweetnorthernsaint (2006) all heavy favorites finished seventh.

The sweetheart of the odds makers in 2001, Point Given, ended his race in fifth place. In spite of all of the best guesses from odds makers, the final verdict can only be decided by the horse and rider when the winner crosses the finish line.

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