Top spots at Derby don't fare well

In this photo released by the New York

In this photo released by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), Gemologist, ridden by Javier Castellano, wins the Wood Memorial horse race at Aqueduct racetrack. (April 7, 2012) (Credit: AP)

When it comes to post positions at the Kentucky Derby, recent results show the horses in the top spots just aren't getting it done.

But it hasn't always been that way. In the history of the Kentucky Derby -- 138 races dating back to 1875 -- the top positions have indeed fared well. Check out the numbers (post position, number of winners):

1 - 19
2 - 14
3 - 11
4 - 15
5 - 14
6 - 7
7 - 8
8 - 13
9 - 5
10 - 10
11 - 2
12 - 3
13 - 4
14 - 2
15 - 3
16 - 4
17 - 0
18 - 1
19 - 1
20 - 2

The top five post positions have produced 52.8 percent of all Derby winners, including 23.9 percent from just the first two spots. Meanwhile, spots 11-through-20 account for just 15.9 percent of the victors, only 22 winners in all.

But nine of those 22 have come in the last 21 years. Since 1991, it's been a horse of a different color:

1 - 0
2 - 0
3 - 1
4 - 1
5 - 4
6 - 2
7 - 0
8 - 3
9 - 0
10 - 2
11 - 0
12 - 0
13 - 1
14 - 0
15 - 2
16 - 4
17 - 0
18 - 0
19 - 1
20 - 1

The last 21 races haven't produced a single winner from either of the first two post positions. The first four positions have only produced 9.5 percent of all winners.

And it gets worse for the horses in the top spots:

- The last winner at No. 1 was Winning Colors in 1988.

- Only two horses at the No. 1 post position have won since 1964.

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