The 2017 post positions were announced Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby and they have already impacted online horse racing odds. The random drawing for starting positions followed tradition by happening the Wednesday prior to the world’s most famous horse race at Churchill Downs in Kentucky this weekend.
Post position is extremely critical in the Kentucky Derby which with 20 entrants has one of the largest starting fields in horse racing. Traditionally, horses who have drawn the “inside” or 1st, 2nd, and 3rd starting positions closest to the rail have done poorly. Conversely, horses who have drawn the “outside” posts such as 15-20 have done better than average. So let’s take a look at whether or not the 2017 post positions draw has changed our online horse racing betting picks.
2017 Post Positions – Kentucky Derby Odds to Win
I don’t see a lot to worry about given that almost all of the favored horses are well clear of the rail with the exception of one. Always Dreaming, who was the favorite heading into Wednesday’s 2017 post position draw, now has longer odds after getting the less than optimal 5th post position. While not in the dreaded 1-3 post positions, 5th leaves lots of possibility to get trapped in crowd and blocked from making a late run.
Conversely, if Always Dreaming tries to beat the mob with speed out of the gate then the colt may not have enough in the tank to win down the stretch. As such, Always Dreaming has lengthened out to +500 as a result of the 2017 post positions draw.
2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions – Best Tips
Without further ado, here are the remaining 2017 post positions for the Kentucky Derby. For the latest in 2017 Kentucky Derby lines and odds, make sure to keep checking the horse racing page as they will most likely change daily.
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
2017 Kentucky Derby Winning Horse – McCraken
I still like McCraken to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby and he has drawn a solid post position of 15. Classic Empire, Irish War Cry, Irap and Girvin also drew solid starting positions as well, so make sure to take that into account for The Run for the Roses this Saturday.
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