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2011 Preakness Post Positions: Does A Good Post Position Really Matter?

The post positions are now out, and you can find the whole lineup here.

The post positions for the 2011 Preakness Stakes will be announced later this afternoon. You can follow those results over at our racing blog, And Down The Stretch They Come. People make a big deal about where the horses will be starting from, and how that affects their chances to win. But according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, post position doesn't really matter in this race.

Post position does not matter. Since 1971, every post position in a race with 12 horses or fewer has produced a winner. Horses win from the inside, horses win from the outside and horses win from the middle.

Wow, way to take all the fun out of it, Jeff. I guess the only thing that really matters is which horse is running faster than all the other horses on that particular day. One horse will have to run just slightly further than the rest of them, but if history is any indication, that won't dramatically affect it's chances to win.