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2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

Kentucky DerbyThis first race in the coveted Triple Crown of horse racing attracts plenty of attention. Since 2005 -- when the purse went from one million to two million dollars -- the "Run For The Roses" has offered the biggest prize of all the Stakes races.

The May 6th running of the 2017 Kentucky Derby will be the 143rd time that the race has been held since the first derby horses raced down the track in Louisville in 1875.

This year's lineup was announced at 5PM ET on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from Churchill Downs.

Just up ahead, check out the complete list including the official post positions, jockeys and morning line odds given to top favorites.

2017 Kentucky Derby post positions

Horse & Post Position Jockey ML Odds
1. Lookin At Lee Corey Lanerie 20-1
2. Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillion 20-1
3. Fast and Accurate Channing Hill 50-1
4. Untrapped Ricardo Santana 30-1
5. Always Dreaming John Velazquez 5-1
6. State of Honor Jose Lezcano 30-1
7. Girvin Mike Smith 15-1
8. Hence Florent Geroux 15-1
9. Irap Mario Gutierrez 20-1
10. Gunnevera Javier Castellano 15-1
11. Battle of Midway Flavien Prat 30-1
12. Sonneteer Kent Desormeaux 50-1
13. J Boys Echo Luis Saez 20-1
14. Classic Empire
Julien Leparoux 4-1
15. McCraken Brian Hernandez 5-1
16. Tapwrit Jose Ortiz 20-1
17. Irish War Cry Rajiv Maragh 6-1
18. Gormley Victor Espinoza 15-1
19. Practical Joke Joel Rosario 20-1
20. Patch Tyler Gaffalione 30-1


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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