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Racing Kentucky Derby
Derby Post Positions
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.
Derby post positions
|Horse & Post Position
|1. Lookin At Lee
|2. Thunder Snow
|3. Fast and Accurate
|5. Always Dreaming
|6. State of Honor
|11. Battle of Midway
|13. J Boys Echo
|14. Classic Empire
|17. Irish War Cry
|19. Practical Joke
Picking a Derby winner
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.
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.
of the odds makers in 2001, Point Given, ended his race in fifth
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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