Kentucky Derby post positions: American Pharoah in Gate 16

Wednesday April 29th, 2015

The post position draw for the 141st Kentucky Derby occurred Wednesday, with favorite American Pharoah landing No. 18.

But when Stanford, which drew Gate 11, scratched on Thursday, horses outside that slot moved one spot inside and Frammento moved into the field.

That shifted American Pharoah to No. 17, temporarily, a spot from which no horse has ever won. But Friday, El Kabeir was officially scratched with a sore left hind-foot, and on Saturday, International Star also dropped out of the running.

As a result, Gate 1 was left empty, and American Pharoah shifted one more spot inside, to Gate 16 - effectively pole position 15. No additional horse will be entered into the field, which now stands at 18.

Dortmund, which has the second-best odds of winning the race, drew the No. 8 gate.

No horse in the last 26 years of the race has won from the No. 1 or 2 gate. Last year, Derby favorite California Chrome won from the No. 5 gate. 

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Here are the starting positions for each horse. Positions are relative, after El Kabeir, Stanford and International Star dropped out of Gates 7, 11 and 12, respectively.

Gate 1: Empty

Gate 2: Ocho Ocho Ocho

Gate 3: Carpe Diem

Gate 4: Materiality

Gate 5: Tencendur

Gate 6: Danzig Moon

Gate 7: Mubtaahij

Gate 8: Dortmund

Gate 9: Bolo

Gate 10: Firing Line

Gate 11: Itsaknockout

Gate 12: Keen Ice

Gate 13: Frosted

Gate 14: War Story

Gate 15: Mr. Z

Gate 16: American Pharoah

Gate 17: Upstart

Gate 18: Far Right

Gate 19: Frammento

This post was updated after Stanford, El Kabeir and International Star were scratched from the field. 

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