LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: A horse is bathed in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The post positions for the 138th Kentucky Derby were announced on Wednesday afternoon.
With a 20 horse field, post positions at the Kentucky Derby are crucial. On Wednesday afternoon, post positions for the 20 horses taking part in the 2012 Kentucky Derby were announced -- and the two favorites, Bodemeister and Union Rags, are both in good position, and will be starting out of the gate very close to each other.
The full post positions are as follows:
- Daddy Long Legs
- Take Charge Indy
- Union Rags
- Rousing Sermon
- Creative Cause
- Daddy Nose Best
- Went The Day Well
- El Padrino
- Done Talking
- I'll Have Another
While it's much better to start closer to the rail (lower numbers) than it is to start on the outside (higher numbers), but it is not impossible to win from the outside. Big Brown won the 2009 Kentucky Derby with post position No. 20, so even Liaison will have a chance on Saturday.
Both Union Rags and Bodemeister entered the day as the two favorites, listed at 9/2 odds -- and will likely remain the favorites after the post positions were announced.