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2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions: Bodemeister Draws Sixth Gate

With the big race going down on Saturday, the drawing of post positions for the 2012 Kentucky Derby happened on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Jockey Calvin Borel works Take Charge Indy over the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Jockey Calvin Borel works Take Charge Indy over the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Kentucky Derby is going down on Saturday, and anticipation for the big race is building as usual. The drawing of post positions is always one of the big moments leading up to the race itself given the importance of those positions in who ultimately wins the race, as SB Nation's Brian Floyd explains:

Draw on the rail, and a horse risks being squeezed down the front-stretch, losing position and having to back-off going into the first turn. Draw too far outside, and the race becomes that much longer as everyone breaks for the rail early. Luck factors a bit into the equation at the Kentucky Derby, where a 20-horse field provides plenty of congestion on the track.

Here's the full drawing for this year's race:

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 Knows Best
11. Alpha
12. Perspective
13. Went The Day Well
14. Hansen
15. Gemologist
16. El Padrino
17. Done Talking
18. Sabercat
19. I'll Have Another
20. Liaison

Floyd suggests that Union Rags, Dullahan and Bodemeister can be especially dangerous given their post positions.

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