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2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Betting Odds

Post positions for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby were set on Wednesday morning, giving horse bettors more to work with for handicapping Saturday's race. Position #5 has historically performed the best as horses starting from that gate have won the race 13 times since 1900. It just so has it that one of this year's top contenders, Always Dreaming, drew that position, perhaps providing the horse with an additional edge.

Classic Empire, who's shared time on top of the oddsboard leading up to the race with Always Dreaming, will start in position #14. Horses starting from that gate have won the race just twice in Kentucky Derby history. Right next to Classic Empire in position #15 is another top contender in this year's race, McCraken, while Irish War Cry, who has the fourth-best odds to win the race, isn't far off at position #17.

Here's the complete order and information for each horse. Below you'll find the complete history of how many winners each position has produced since 1990. Updated odds and analysis from our horse betting expert Mike Dempsey can be found here.

2017 Kentucky Derby Post Position and Odds
Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerOdds (as of May 5)
1Lookin At LeeCorey LanerieSteve Asmussen+2500
2Thunder SnowChristophe SoumillonSaeed bin Suroor+2000
3Fast and AccurateChanning HillMike Maker+5000
4UntrappedRicardo Santana Jr.Steve Asmussen+4000
5Always DreamingJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher+450
6State of HonorJose LezcanoMark Casse+4000
7GirvinMike SmithJoe Sharp+1800
8HenceFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen+1600
9IrapMario GutierrezDoug O’Neill+2200
10GunneveraJavier CastellanoAntonio Sano+1000
11Battle of MidwayFlavien PratJerry Hollendorfer+2500
12SonneteerKent DesormeauxKeith Desormeaux+4000
13J Boys EchoLuis SaezDale Romans+2800
14Classic EmpireJulien LeparouxMark Casse+425
15McCrakenBrian Hernandez Jr.Ian Wilkes+600
16TapwritJose OrtizTodd Pletcher+2800
17Irish War CryRajiv MaraghGraham Motion+650
18GormleyVictor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs+1800
19Practical JokeJoel RosarioChad Brown+2200
20PatchTyler GaffalioneTodd Pletcher+3300

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

Post Position Winners Since 1900
Post PositionWins
112
29
38
411
513
66
78
811
94
1010
113
123
135
142
155
164
170
181
191
202

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