Preakness Post Positions (05/08/14)

John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics, @johnewing
Post position for the Preakness Stakes – how will it impact the outcome?

The starting post positions for the 139th Preakness Stakes will be drawn Wednesday, May 14th. Pimlico racing officials will use a pill pull, which employs a small numbered ball in a blind draw to decide post positions for “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”.

Not all post positions are created equal, at least not in terms of past champions. The winner could come from any starting position but few have come from post positions against the rail (No. 1) and on the far outside (No. 9-14).

Will California Chrome's post position impact the horse's chances for a Triple Crown? Check back next week for's full Preakness Analysis.

Post Positions Facts
  • The Preakness is limited to fourteen starters. In 17 of the last 20 years, there have been double-digit starters.
  • Post position No. 6 has generated the most Preakness winners with 16 past champions.

What is the best post position for California Chrome in the second jewel of the Triple Crown? Below is a list of Preakness winners, by position, since 1909.

Post Position No. of Winners
1 9
2 11
3 11
4 13
5 11
6 16
7 13
8 10
9 4
10 2
11 2
12 3
13 1
14 0


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