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2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions: Union Rags Lands In 4th Gate

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:

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 Knows Best
11. Alpha
12. Perspective
13. Went The Day Well
14. Hansen
15. Gemologist
16. El Padrino
17. Done Talking
18. Sabercat
19. I'll Have Another
20. Liaison

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