Paul von Hippel headshot

On Tuesday, May 1, the Churchill Downs race track held a random draw to determine the post positions of horses entered in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

New research from Paul von Hippel, an associate professor of public affairs, and LBJ School master’s students George Basaly, Ashlee Frandell and Laura Santos finds that post position may not matter at all. In fact, the research finds post position has little or no effect on a horse’s chances to win, place or show.

LBJ School faculty member Paul von Hippel
Paul von Hippel
Associate Professor of Public Affairs
LBJ School faculty member Chandler Stolp
Chandler Stolp
Associate Professor of Public Affairs