2012 Preakness Post Positions: I'll Have Another Draws No. 9 Gate

The second leg of the Triple Crown gets underway at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland, with I'll Have Another looking to follow-up on his Kentucky Derby win. It's always an interesting time of year in horse racing, with one leg of the Triple Crown in the rear-view mirror and hopes of another Triple Crown winner being anointed still alive. I'll Have Another comes into the weekend's race on a high after the win at Churchill Downs, but will face stiff competition as the Triple Crown continues.

Before the actual race, though, the post positions had to be determined. At the Kentucky Derby, the post draw was crucial. A packed field made some positions -- the No. 1 spot, for example -- less desirable. Of course, I'll Have Another came from the 19 spot to win, so that kind of blew some of the conventional wisdom out of the water.

For the Preakness, though, the post positions are less of an issue. With a smaller field, the front-stretch shouldn't be incredibly crowded, and the likelihood a horse gets squeezed is less. The post positions aren't irrelevant by any means, but likely less important than at the Kentucky Derby.

With that in mind, here are the post positions for the 2012 Preakness Stakes:

1. Tiger Walk
2. Teeth Of The Dog
3. Pretension
4. Zetterholm
5. Went The Day Well
6. Creative Cause
7. Bodemeister
8. Daddy Nose Best
9. I'll Have Another
10. Optimizer
11. Cozzetti

We'll be back with more on the post positions, including plenty of analysis, later.

For more on the Preakness, stay tuned to this StoryStream or check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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