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):