Kentucky Derby 2012: Post Time, TV Schedule, Post Positions Info

Carlos TorresContributor IApril 30, 2012

The famous twispires will once again be the host for the Kentucky Derby. (Photo via
The famous twispires will once again be the host for the Kentucky Derby. (Photo via

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby is upon us, and all the major preparations of the horses for the big race are either finalized or being wrapped up today.

For the next five days we will become experts at reading the charts, the past performances, the track variants, pedigrees and even become expert weathermen on our search for who will win America's Race.

Update: Wednesday, May 2 at 5:40 p.m. ET

And they're all in the gate! Well, not really, but at least we know which gate they will be in. 

Post positions as found at Official Kentucky Derby Page

 1. Daddy Long Legs 30/1
 2.  Optimizer 20/1
 3.  Take Charge Indy  16/1
 4.  Union Rags  9/2
 5.  Dullahan 8/1
 6.  Bodemeister 9/2
 7.  Rousing Sermon 40/1
 8.  Creative Cause  11/1 
 9.  Trinniberg 45/1
 10. Daddy Nose Best  15/1
 11.  Alpha 11/1
 12.  Prospective 50/1
 13.  Went The Day Well  18/1
 14.  Hansen 14/1
 15.  Gemologist 7/1
 16. El Padrino 16/1
 17.  Done Talking  50/1 
 18.  Sabercat 35/1
 19.  I'll Have Another 15/1
 20.  Liaison 40/1

Also known as the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Run for the Roses," the Kentucky Derby is a spectacle horse racing fans simply don't skip.

You always look for all the traditions that surround the Derby. From the famed twin spires that overlook the home stretch, the mint juleps, the women's hats, the "My Old Kentucky Home" song, to the garland of roses that accompany the winner, it's all a unique experience.

The expected 20-horse field for this year might be one of the most balanced in recent memory.

There might be four or five horses that might headline the field, but in reality about 12 of them have almost equal chance to win the race.

The Derby post positions are critical. With such a big field, it's all about the start. Horses miss the break, get a bobbled start or get bumped around, and the heavy traffic makes it almost impossible to overcome the trouble even at 10 furlongs.

The distance is a question for many horses as well. Sometimes horses overrun their pedigree, and sometimes they are just not good enough no matter if their sire has won the Derby or stakes at the same distance.

You would also make your bets depending on the trainer or the jockey aboard. But even that, with all the variables in the race makes it almost rocket science to decipher and predict the outcome of the Derby.

When you pick your horse, you cheer for him all the way. You are glued to watching the race, and your eyes become almost a spot camera of the horse you picked to win.

All the hopes and dreams of the owners, trainers, handlers and jockeys are on winning this race. The preparations for the past two years are gone in two minutes and you either celebrate or watch in disbelief.

All in all, the uncertainty, the drama, the action—it all adds to the mystique and attraction that makes the Derby the race to watch.


Post Positions Info

The traditional Kentucky Derby post position draw will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Post Time

The post time for the Kentucky Derby will be on Saturday May 5 at 6:24 p.m. ET from Churchill Downs.


Coverage - All Times ET

May 5      
9:30 a.m. Kentucky Derby Day Coverage HRTV TV
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby Undercard NBC Sports Network TV
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby Undercard Stakes Coverage HRRN Radio
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Access at the Kentucky Derby/Red Carpet Special NBC Sports TV
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby 138 NBC Sports TV
May 6      
12:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby Wrap-Up HRTV TV



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