Heading into the 2012 Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister and Union Rags were considered the favorites to win it all. After the announcement of the post positions, that shouldn't change.
While neither Bodemeister nor Union Rags got an ideal position, they didn't wind up with bad slots that would have significantly altered their chances either.
Bodemeister will start from the No. 6 post, which has produced six wins since 1900. Trainer Bob Baffert was hoping to avoid an inside post. According to Joe Drape of The New York Times, Baffert preferred an outside post away from the rest of the pack. Unfortunately for Bodemeister, Trinniberg and Hansen are on his outside, so he will have to wait for them to clear before taking the outside. Bodemeister's odds are still the highest at 4-1.
Union Rags wound up with the No. 4 post, which has produced 10 wins, the second-most since 1900. The colt has won four of his last six races, and the two losses could be attributed to traffic problems from starting inside. The No. 4 post could cause a little trouble for Union Rags, but not enough to change his odds at 9-2.
Another top horse in this year's Derby is Dullahan, who has the No. 5 post. Since 1900, the No. 5 post is tied with the No. 1 post for producing the most wins at 12. Dullahan is one of Bodemeister's closest competitors and his odds are 8-1. Dullahan traveled well through traffic at the Wood Memorial, so the No. 5 post shouldn't be a problem for him.
Trainer Todd Pletcher looked pleased when the undefeated Gemologist was assigned the No. 15 post. The post is one of the first spots on the auxiliary gate, which gives him a clear shot to the inside. It is an ideal spot for Gemologist, who is the third choice at 6-1.
Longtime Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia called 2012 possibly his toughest yet for making odds. Post positions definitely have an effect on the outcome of the race, but fortunately for this year's favorites, their posts shouldn't derail their odds of winning.