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2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions Announced

Post positions for the 138th Kentucky Derby were announced on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  A horse is groomed during morning workouts in advance of the 136th Running of the Kentucky Derby on April 29, 2010 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29: A horse is groomed during morning workouts in advance of the 136th Running of the Kentucky Derby on April 29, 2010 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Post positions are often crucial for success in the Kentucky Derby, as they can make or a break a horses race right out of the gate. The post positions for the 2012 Kentucky Derby have been announced, and the two favorites, Bodemeister and Union Rags, will be starting just a horse apart to begin the race.

The post positions for the Kentucky Derby are as follows:

  1. Daddy Long Legs
  2. Optimizer
  3. Take Charge Indy
  4. Union Rags
  5. Dullahan
  6. Bodemeister
  7. Rousing Sermon
  8. Creative Cause
  9. Trinniberg
  10. Daddy Nose Best
  11. Alpha
  12. Prospective
  13. Went The Day Well
  14. Hansen
  15. Gemologist
  16. El Padrino
  17. Done Talking
  18. Sabercat
  19. I'll Have Another
  20. Liaison
Both Bodemeister and Union Rags have been given 9/2 odds to win the race, best of all horses in the Kentucky Derby.

The lower the number, the closer a horse is to the rail -- so Daddy Long Legs will be coming out of the gate as the closest horse to the rail, while Liaison will start on the far outside. Typically, it's better to be closer to the rail, but Big Brown did win the 2008 Kentucky Derby from the 20th post position.

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