The post-position draw can be one of the most tense moments leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The ideal post can make or break a horse's chances at greatness.
This year was no exception. Trainers and owners stoically watched on as their fate was decided by the luck of the draw. A field of 20 of the year's top three-year-old thoroughbreds has been assembled in search of horse racing's first jewel of the Triple Crown.
Though this field wound up coming together much like an equine version of musical chairs, with last-minute additions and defections, the final result is a competitive, deep group.
Though each is impacted in one way or another by where they will start, what really matters is where they finish. Here is a look at their post positions (in order) and my projection for the likelihood they each have of wearing the garland of roses.