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American Pharoah Gets Post Position 16

Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby from post position No. 16 in 2011, and American Pharoah will get a chance to do the same on Saturday thanks to three horses being scratched from the field in the last couple of days.

American Pharoah drew the No. 18 post position on Wednesday, but the scratch of No. 11 Stanford from the field shifted him to post position No. 17 on Thursday afternoon. When International Star was scratched on Saturday morning American Pharoah then moved to post position No. 16.

Earlier on Wednesday online sportsbook Bovada had American Pharoah pegged as the 9/4 favorite on the odds to win the Kentucky Derby, with Dortmund second at 9/2, Carpe Diem third at 7/1, Materiality fourth at 12/1, and Mubtaahij fifth at 14/1.

After the post position draw Bovada moved American Pharoah to an 11/4 favorite, with Dortmund at 13/4, Carpe Diem at 9/1, and Materiality and Mubtaahij both at 14/1. Dortmund drew the No. 8 post position, with Carpe Diem drawing No. 2, Materiality drawing No. 3, and Mubtaahij drawing No. 6. Those last three horses then moved up one post when El Kabeir was scratched.

Ocho Ocho Ocho, who entered Wednesday at 40/1 on the Derby odds at Bovada, drew the No. 1 post position (and has since moved to No. 2), while Far Right, at 33/1 on the race odds early on Wednesday, drew the No. 20 post position (and has since moved to No. 18). After the draw Ocho Ocho Ocho dropped to 50/1 while Far Right stayed at 33/1.

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 5 post position last year, with Orb winning from No. 15 in 2013. I'll Have Another won from the No. 19 position in 2012, while Super Saver raced to the Kentucky Derby victory from the No. 4 position in 2010, and Mine That Bird won from the No. 8 position in 2009.

Since 1930 the No. 10 and No. 5 post positions have produced the most Kentucky Derby winners with nine each, with No. 1 and No. 8 producing eight each, and No. 2 producing seven. Only three horses since 1930 have managed to win from farther back than the No. 16 position.

2015 Kentucky Derby Post Positions (Updated)

01 - (Empty)
02 - Ocho Ocho Ocho
03 - Carpe Diem
04 - Materiality
05 - Tencendur
06 - Danzig Moon
07 - Mubtaahij
08 - Dortmund
09 - Bolo
10 - Firing Line
11 - Itsaknockout
12 - Keen Ice
13 - Frosted
14 - War Story
15 - Mr. Z
16 - American Pharoah
17 - Upstart
18 - Far Right
19 - Frammento

Post Position - Derby Winners Since 1930 (including 2015)

01 - 8
02 - 7
03 - 5
04 - 5
05 - 9
06 - 2
07 - 6
08 - 8
09 - 4
10 - 9
11 - 2
12 - 3
13 - 3
14 - 2
15 - 4
16 - 5
17 - 0
18 - 1
19 - 1
20 - 1

Year - Winner - Post Position

2015 - American Pharoah - 16
2014 - California Chrome - 5
2013 - Orb - 15
2012 - I'll Have Another - 19
2011 - Animal Kingdom - 16
2010 - Super Saver - 4
2009 - Mine That Bird - 8
2008 - Big Brown - 20
2007 - Street Sense - 7
2006 - Barbaro - 8
2005 - Giacomo - 10
2004 - Smarty Jones - 13
2003 - Funny Cide - 5
2002 - War Emblem - 5
2001 - Monarchos - 16
2000 - Fusaichi Pegasus - 15
1999 - Charismatic - 16
1998 - Real Quiet - 3
1997 - Silver Charm - 5
1996 - Grindstone - 15
1995 - Thunder Gulch - 16
1994 - Go for Gin - 8
1993 - Sea Hero - 6
1992 - Lil E. Tee - 10
1991 - Strike the Gold - 5
1990 - Unbridled - 8
1989 - Sunday Silence - 10
1988 - Winning Colors - 11
1987 - Alysheba - 3
1986 - Ferdinand - 1
1985 - Spend a Buck - 10
1984 - Swale - 15
1983 - Sunny's Halo - 10
1982 - Gato Del Sol - 18
1981 - Pleasant Colony - 7
1980 - Genuine Risk - 10
1979 - Spectacular Bid - 3
1978 - Affirmed - 2
1977 - Seattle Slew - 4
1976 - Bold Forbes - 2
1975 - Foolish Pleasure - 3
1974 - Cannonade - 2
1973 - Secretariat - 10
1972 - Riva Ridge - 9
1971 - Canonero II - 12
1970 - Dust Commander - 2
1969 - Majestic Prince - 8
1968 - Forward Pass - 13
1967 - Proud Clarion - 7
1966 - Kauai King - 12
1965 - Lucky Debonair - 8
1964 - Northern Dancer - 7
1963 - Chateaugay - 1
1962 - Decidedly - 4
1961 - Carry Back - 14
1960 - Venetian Way - 9
1959 - Tomy Lee - 9
1958 - Tim Tam - 2
1957 - Iron Liege - 6
1956 - Needles - 1
1955 - Swaps - 8
1954 - Determine - 7
1953 - Dark Star - 10
1952 - Hill Gail - 1
1951 - Count Turf - 9
1950 - Middleground - 14
1949 - Ponder - 2
1948 - Citation - 1
1947 - Jet Pilot - 13
1946 - Assault - 2
1945 - Hoop Jr. - 12
1944 - Pensive - 4
1943 - Count Fleet - 5
1942 - Shut Out - 3
1941 - Whirlaway - 4
1940 - Gallahadion - 1
1939 - Johnstown - 5
1938 - Lawrin - 1
1937 - War Admiral - 1
1936 - Bold Venture - 5
1935 - Omaha - 10
1934 - Cavalcade - 8
1933 - Brokers Tip - 11
1932 - Burgoo King - 13
1931 - Twenty Grand - 5
1930 - Gallant Fox - 7

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