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

The 2021 Kentucky Derby post position draw took place Tuesday morning, giving participants their starting gates ahead of the annual event. The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 total horses, though others could be brought in if there are scratches before the race.

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

MORE: Who won the Kentucky Derby in 2020? Highlights from last year’s race

Kentucky Derby post positions 2021

The draw for 2021 Kentucky Derby post positions was held at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Here are the results and odds:

Post positionHorseOdds
1Known Agenda6-1
2Like The King50-1
3Brooklyn Strong50-1
4Keepmeinmind50-1
5Sainthood50-1
6O Besos20-1
7Mandaloun15-1
8Medina Spirit15-1
9Hot Rod Charlie8-1
10Midnight Bourbon20-1
11Dynamic One20-1
12Helium50-1
13Hidden Stash50-1
14Essential Quality2-1
15Rock Your World5-1
16King Fury20-1
17Highly Motivated10-1
18Super Stock30-1
19Soup And Sandwich30-1
20Bourbonic30-1

What is the best post position in horse racing?

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

Here is the complete list of Kentucky Derby winners at each post position since the starting gate was implemented in 1930:

Post positionKentucky Derby winners
18
27
35
45
510
62
77
88
94
109
112
123
135
142
156
164
170
182

Kentucky Derby winners by post position

(Since the use of a starting gate in 1930)

  • 1 — (8) Ferdinand (1986); Chateaugay (1963); Needles (1956); Hill Gail (1952); Citation (1948); Gallahadion (1940); Lawrin (1938); War Admiral (1937)
  • 2 — (7) Affirmed (1978); Bold Forbes (1976); Cannonade (1974); Dust Commander (1970); Tim Tam (1958); Ponder (1949) Assault (1946)
  • 3 — (5) Real Quiet (1998); Alysheba (1987); Spectacular Bid (1979); Foolish Pleasure (1975); Shut Out (1942)
  • 4 — (5) Super Saver (2010); Seattle Slew (1977); Decidedly (1962); Pensive (1944); Whirlaway (1941)
  • 5 — (10) Always Dreaming (2017); California Chrome (2014); Funny Cide (2003); War Emblem (2002); Silver Charm (1997); Strike the Gold (1991); Count Fleet (1943); Johnstown (1939); Bold Venture (1936); Twenty Grand (1931)
  • 6 — (2) Sea Hero (1993); Iron Liege (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 That 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); Count Turf (1951)
  • 10 — (9) Giacomo (2005); Lil E. Tee (1992); Sunday Silence (1989); Spend a Buck (1985); Sunny’s Halo (1983); Genuine Risk (1980); Secretariat (1973); Dark Star (1953); Omaha (1935)
  • 11 — (2) Winning Colors (1988); Brokers Tip (1933)
  • 12 — (3) Canonero II (1971); Kauai King (1966); Hoop Jr. (1945)
  • 13 — (4) Nyquist (2016) Smarty Jones (2004); Forward Pass (1968); Jet Pilot (1947); Burgoo King (1932)
  • 14 — (2) Carry Back (1961); Middleground (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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