Preakness Stakes Post Positions: Mage Draws Gate 3 for Preakness, Favored at 5/2

Where horses sit in the starting gate at the Preakness Stakes has a huge impact on performance.

May 19, 2023 • 09:40 ET
iders sprint towards turn one during the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
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There are plenty of factors to consider when betting on the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, one of which is Preakness Stakes post positions.

Where horses sit in the starting gate — and how they respond to that post position — greatly impacts performance and shifts Preakness Stakes odds, making the post position draw one of the key betting events in any horse racing calendar.

2023 post positions and odds

The draw for the 2023 Preakness Stakes is crucial as betting lines will shift depending on where certain horses start, notably the No. 1 and the furthest outside positions. 

Position Horse Odds
1 National Treasure 4/1
2 Chase the Chaos 50/1
3 Mage 8/5
4 CoffeeWithChris 20/1
5 Red Route One 10/1
6 Perform 15/1
7 Blazing Sevens 6/1

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Preakness Stakes wins by post position

Where Preakness Stakes horses start can either give them an advantage or a disadvantage right out of the gate. Here are the post positions that claim the most Preakness Stakes titles since the introduction of the starting gate in 1930. 

Post No. 14 has never won the Preakness Stakes.

Post Position Wins
1 12
2 12
3 12
4 14
5 12
6 16
7 14
8 10
9 4
10 2
11 2
12 3
13 1
14 0

Best post position at the Kentucky Derby Best post position at the Preakness Stakes

In terms of producing Preakness Stakes winners as, the best post position at the is gate No. 6. This middle spot boasts 16 Preakness winners.

Avoid Contradictions Worst post position at the Preakness Stakes

Gate No. 14 is the worst post position in the Preakness and has yet to produce a champ.

How is post position determined at the Preakness Stakes?

The post positions for the Preakness Stakes are determined through a random draw conducted by race officials. The draw typically takes place on the Monday of race week.

During the draw, numbered pills or balls, each representing a specific post position, are placed in a randomizer machine. The machine is then activated, and the pills are mixed thoroughly to ensure a fair selection. One by one, the pills are drawn from the machine, and the corresponding post positions are assigned to the participating horses in the order they are drawn.

The post position assigned to each horse is significant because it determines the starting position of the horse in the race. The post positions are numbered from 1 to 14, with the inside positions (closer to the rail) generally considered advantageous due to the shorter distance they have to cover to reach the first turn. However, track conditions, running style of the horse, and other factors can influence the significance of post positions in different races.

It's worth noting that the post positions for the Preakness Stakes can have a significant impact on a horse's chances of winning, as the race is run on a relatively shorter track compared to the Kentucky Derby, which can make it more challenging for horses to make up ground if they start from an unfavorable post position.

Where can I bet on the Preakness Stakes?

Several legal horse racing betting sites allow you to wager on the Preakness Stakes, but not every sportsbook is allowed to offer horse racing odds. We have created a guide outlining the best horse racing betting sites available in your area.

Which states have legal betting on the Preakness Stakes?

While sports bettors can enjoy some form of online or retail wagering in 34 states (+ DC), horse racing enthusiasts have even more legal options. Refer to our list of legal states for betting on horse racing to see if horse race betting is legal in your state via the FanDuel Racing app.

Canada (excluding Ontario)

Almost all sports betting sites offer fixed-odds betting on horse racing. Check out the best sports betting sites in Canada or sign up now with one of our top partners, bet365, and earn up to $200 in bet credits!


Following the changes to the iGaming regulations on April 4, 2022, horse racing betting is no longer available at sportsbooks. Those in Ontario who are looking to bet on the Preakness Stakes will need to sign up at one of Woodbine's two online offerings, HPIbet and Dark Horse Bets.

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