Friday May 1st, 2015

Saturday will mark the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah remains the favorite even after landing in the 17th post position. No horse has ever won from the 17th gate, though recent winners I'll Have Another (2012) and Big Brown (2008) have won from even further outside, in the 19th and 20th gates, respectively.

Last year, favorite California Chrome captured the Derby with the post position No. 5, which has been a successful spot in recent Derbies. Funny Cide and War Emblem won from the fifth gate in 2003 and 2002, respectively, as did Silver Charm in 1997 and Strike The Gold in 1991. This year, the fifth gate will be occupied by Danzig Moon.

Dortmund, which has the second-best odds of winning the race, drew the No. 8 gate, and Carpe Diem, which has the third-best odds, will start in gate two.

For more on the race, check out SI.com's Tim Layden's Kentucky Derby picks and his story on California Chrome's uncertain future. 

Here are the last 35 Kentucky Derby champions: 

2014 - California Chrome

2013 - Orb

2012 - I'll Have Another

2011 - Animal Kingdom

2010 - Super Saver

2009 - Mine That Bird

2008 - Big Brown

2007 - Street Sense

2006 - Barbaro

2005 - Giacomo

2004 - Smarty Jones

2003 - Funny Cide

2002 - War Emblem

2001 - Monarchos

2000 - Fusaichi Pegasus

1999 - Charismatic 

1998 - Real Quiet

1997 - Silver Charm

1996 - Grindstone

1995 - Thunder Gulch

1994 - Go for Gin

1993 - Sea Hero

1992 - Lil E. Tee

1991 - Strike the Gold

1990 - Unbridled

1989 - Sunday Silence

1988 - Winning Colors

1987 - Alysheba

1986 - Ferdinand

1985 - Spend a Buck

1984 - Swale

1983 - Sunny's Halo

1982 - Gato Del Sol

1981 - Pleasant Colony

1980 - Genuine Risk

1979 - Spectacular Big

1978 - Affirmed

1977 - Seattle Slew

1976 - Bold Forbes

1975 - Foolish Pleasure

1974 - Cannondade

​1973 - Secretariat

1972 - Riva Ridge

1971 - Canonero II

1970 - Dust Commander

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