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Derby Post Positions
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
|1. Firenze Fire
|2. Free Drop Billy
|3. Promises Fulfilled
|6. Good Magic
|| José Ortiz
|8. Lone Sailor
||Irad Ortiz Jr.
|10. My Boy Jack
|11. Bolt D'Oro
|| Kiaran McLaughlin
||D. Wayne Lukas
|| Luis Contreras
|15. Instilled Regard
|| Jerry Hollendorfer
|| Drayden Van Dyke
|16. Magnum Moon
|| Luis Saez
|18. Vino Rosso
|19. Noble Indy
|| Ricardo Santana Jr
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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