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QUESTION: what is the old and new procedures for pulling post positions for  kentucky derby, preakness and belmont. and also for regular allowance and claiming races anywhere.

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ANSWER: hi--  i think that they have always pulled buttons with numbers on them out of a container that looks like a milk bottle. then they assign that number to the horse they are matching up.  thanks ED HESS   

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QUESTION: i understood that the post position was drawn in the old days and then changed to letting the owner choose his post position after numbers were pulled to decide order of choosing post position.  And i wasn't sure if tracks decided to do this procedure in everyday racing schedules.


hi --- it may be that way these days, but when i was racing horses it was the way i told you. if you watch the trainers at the post position drawing on tv, you see that the guy pulls the number out of the bottle, then they walk up and put their horses name  in the number slot  that they were given.  thanks ED HESS

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.


Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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