The post positions for the 2012 Kentucky Derby were announced on Wednesday afternoon during a live show on the NBC Sports Network, clarifying a key part of Saturday's big race. SB Nation's Brian Floyd explained in the post announcing the post positions why they're important:
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.
The draw for the 2012 race is as follows: