2023 Kentucky Derby: Which Post Positions, Gates Are Most Profitable?

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The 2023 Kentucky Derby is upon us. And it begs the question: Which post positions or gates are the most profitable?

First, let's take a look at each horse and which gate they're posting at for tonight's race.

2023 Kentucky Derby Odds (Updated)*

PostHorseCurrentBefore Forte Scratch
1Hit Show25-130-1
3Two Phil’s8-18-1
4Confidence Game18-120-1
5Tapit Trice9-26-1
10Practical Movescratchscratch
12Jace's Road31-139-1
13Sun Thunder29-137-1
14Angel of Empire9-26-1
16Raise Cain30-137-1
17Derma Sotogake8-18-1
18Rocket Can27-136-1
19Lord Milesscratchscratch
21Cyclone Mischief29-130-1
22Mandarin Hero20-126-1
23King Russell30-139-1

*Odds via FanDuel Racing

From a betting perspective, here's the rub. Gate No. 5 is the most profitable in history when it comes to the win column. Gate No. 17 is the worst. Gates No. 2 and No. 10 are electric for finishing in the money.

It just so happens that this year's Gate No. 5 competitor is the favorite, Tapit Trice. The horse is roughly +350 across the marketplace after previous favorite Forte was scratched on Saturday morning with a bone bruise in his foot.

But favorites don't win all that often.

As for Gate No. 17, no horse have ever won from that position. Sorry, Derma Sotogake. Only three horses have ever finished in the money from that position.

And Gate No. 10 has seen 25 all-time in the money finishes — along with Gate No. 2.

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