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Kentucky Derby 2012 Post Positions Revealed During Ceremony At Churchill Downs

The post position draw is vital for the Kentucky Derby, with contenders chances partially dictated by where they will start the race on Saturday.

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.

On Wednesday afternoon, the post positions for the 2012 Kentucky Derby were announced in a live show on NBC Sports Network. The draw is 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

A few of the prominent horses to watch will be starting the the fourth, fifth and sixth gates. Dullahan, Bodemeister and Union Rags are all strong contenders, and will be running next to one another right out of the gates while also fighting for the rail.

We'll be back with further analysis of the post positions later.

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