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2011 Kentucky Derby Post Positions: Good Draws For Pants On Fire, Midnight Interlude

The 2011 Kentucky Derby's post position draw presented a few of the field's contenders with strong advantages. Matt Gardner of And Down The Stretch They Come, SB Nation's horse racing community, likes the posts granted Pants on Fire, Midnight Interlude and Soldat, but cautions against overlooking Calvin Borel's No. 3 post atop Twice the Appeal.

Much is made of middle post positions being highly advantageous, but it's really more about trying to pick horses that are likely to succeed in their posts given their unique attributes. For instance, Gardner likes Soldat's draw because it will give that team a chance to avoid congestion, which, based on previous races, should provide a boost. 

Post positions and morning line odds for all 19 remaining contenders (click a horse's name to read a profile):

 

Post No. Horse Jockey Trainer ML

 

1 Archarcharch Jon Court Jinks Fires 10 / 1

 

2 Brilliant Speed Joel Rosario Tom Albertrani 30 / 1

 

3 Twice the Appeal Calvin Borel Jeff Bonde 20 / 1

 

4 Stay Thirsty Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher 20 / 1

 

5 Decisive Moment Kerwin Clark Juan Arias 30 / 1

 

6 Comma to the Top Pat Venezuela Peter Miller 30 / 1

 

7 Pants On Fire Rosie Napravnik Kelly Breen 20 / 1

 

8 Dialed In Julien Leparoux Nick Zito 4 / 1

 

9 Derby Kitten Javier Castellano Michael Maker 30 / 1

 

10 Twinspired Mike Smith Michael Maker 30 / 1

 

11 Master of Hounds Garret Gomez Aiden O'Brien 30 / 1

 

12 Santiva Shaun Bridgmohan Eddie Kenneally 30 / 1

 

13 Mucho Macho Man Rajiv Maragh Kathy Ritvo 12 / 1

 

14 Shackelford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans 12 / 1

 

15 Midnight Interlude Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 10 / 1

 

16 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez Graham Motion 30 / 1

 

17 Soldat Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin 12 / 1

 

18 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher SCR

 

19 Nehro Corey Nakatani Steve Asmussen 6 / 1

 

20 Watch Me Go Rafael Bejarano Kathleen O'Connell 50 / 1

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at our 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.