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Kentucky Derby post positions: full draw and odds for the 2021 Triple Crown race

What does it take to win the Kentucky Derby? Speed, skill, preparation – and a little luck with your job certainly doesn’t hurt.

The position draw after the 2021 Kentucky Derby took place on Tuesday morning, giving entrants their starting gates ahead of the annual event. The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 horses in total, although more can be introduced if there are any scratches before the race.

Sporting News has the full results of Tuesday’s draw. Check out the full list of Kentucky Derby 2021 positions.

MORE: Who Won The Kentucky Derby In 2020? Highlights from last year’s race

Kentucky Derby positions in 2021

The Kentucky Derby 2021 post draw took place Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET. Here are the results and odds:

Post office Horse Odds
1 Known agenda 6-1
2 Like the king 50-1
3 Brooklyn strong 50-1
4 Keep me in mind 50-1
5 Holiness 50-1
6 O Besos 20-1
7 Mandaloun 15-1
8 Spirit of Medina 15-1
9 Hot Rod Charlie 8-1
ten Midnight Bourbon 20-1
11 A dynamic 20-1
12 Helium 50-1
13 Hidden stash 50-1
14 Essential quality 2-1
15 Rock your world 5-1
16 King Fury 20-1
17 Very motivated 10-1
18 Super Stock 30-1
19 Soup and sandwich 30-1
20 Bourbonic 30-1

What is the best job position in horse racing?

The best post positions may change depending on the track and the total number of horses participating in each race. In the Kentucky Derby, the lucky starting slot appears to be No.5, which produced the most winners of any position.

Here is the full list of Kentucky Derby winners at every position since the starting grid was put in place in 1930:

Post office Kentucky Derby Winners
1 8
2 7
3 5
4 5
5 ten
6 2
7 7
8 8
9 4
ten 9
11 2
12 3
13 5
14 2
15 6
16 4
17 0
18 2

Kentucky Derby Winners by Post

(Since the use of a starting grid in 1930)

  • 1- (8) Ferdinand (1986); Chateaugay (1963); Needles (1956); Hill Gail (1952); Quote (1948); Gallahadion (1940); Lawrin (1938); War admiral (1937)
  • 2 – (7) Affirmed (1978); Bold Forbes (1976); Cannonade (1974); Dust Commander (1970); Tim Tam (1958); Think (1949) Assault (1946)
  • 3 – (5) Real Quiet (1998); Alysheba (1987); Spectacular offer (1979); Insane Pleasure (1975); Closed (1942)
  • 4 – (5) Super Saver (2010); Seattle Slew (1977); Decidedly (1962); Pensive (1944); Whirlpool (1941)
  • 5 – (10) Always dreaming (2017); California Chrome (2014); Funny Cide (2003); War emblem (2002); Charm in silver (1997); Strike the Gold (1991); Count Fleet (1943); Johnstown (1939); Bold Venture (1936); Twenty Large (1931)
  • 6 – (2) Sea Hero (1993); Liège Iron (1957)
  • 7 – (7) Justify (2018); Street Sense (2007); Pleasant Colony (1981); Proud Clarion (1967); Northern Dancer (1964); Determine (1954); Gallant fox (1930)
  • 8 – (8) Mine this bird (2009); Barbaro (2006); Go for Gin (1994); Unbridled (1990); Majestic Prince (1969); Lucky Debonair (1965); Swaps (1955); Cavalcade (1934)
  • 9 – (4) Riva Ridge (1972); Venetian Way (1960); Tomy Lee (1959); Earl Turf (1951)
  • 10 – (9) Giacomo (2005); Lil E. Tee (1992); Sunday Silence (1989); Spend a Dollar (1985); Sunny’s Halo (1983); Real risk (1980); Secretariat (1973); Dark Star (1953); Omaha (1935)
  • 11 – (2) Winning Colors (1988); Council of Brokers (1933)
  • 12 – (3) Canonero II (1971); Kauai King (1966); Hoop Jr. (1945)
  • 13 – (4) Nyquist (2016) Smarty Jones (2004); Pass before (1968); Jet Pilot (1947); King Burgoo (1932)
  • 14 – (2) Report (1961); Middle (1950)
  • 15 – (6) Authentic (2020); American Pharoah (2015); Orb (2013); Fusaichi Pegasus (2000); Grindstone (1996); Swale (1984)
  • 16 – (4) Animal Kingdom (2011); Monarchos (2001); Charismatic (1999); Thunder Gulch (1995)
  • 17 – (0)
  • 18 – (2) Country house (2019); Gato Del Sol (1982)
  • 19 – (1) I’ll have another (2012)
  • 20 – (1) Big Brown (2008)





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