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
3. Take Charge Indy
4. Union Rags
7. Rousing Sermon
8. Creative Cause
10. Daddy Knows Best
13. Went The Day Well
16. El Padrino
17. Done Talking
19. I'll Have Another
Floyd suggests that Union Rags, Dullahan and Bodemeister can be especially dangerous given their post positions.
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