The 140th Kentucky Derby post draw is set and those with favorable draws can breathe a sigh of relief. As the jockeys and trainers watched the positions go up, some heard their horses' names called too early or too late for their liking and style.
As long as your thoroughbred is not riding the rail as an inside horse, you can find pros and cons to just about every other position on the track.
NBC Sports Network laid out the posting positions along with the morning line:
The odds themselves tell part of the story, but posting position leads to all kinds of different interpretations on how these gallant animals will react.
Let's take a look at some of the top horses in the race and how their posting positions will benefit them more than others in the Run for the Roses.
California Chrome is all set to make history, and the No. 5 spot is full of good omens for the thoroughbred.
California Chrome won the Santa Anita Derby from the No. 5 spot. Jockey Victor Espinosa won the Kentucky Derby in 2002 atop War Emblem in the No. 5 spot as well. The No. 5 spot has produced 12 Derby winners in the past. Chrome even has 5-2 odds, just to add to the synergy surrounding the number.
Espinoza was quick to comment on the draw. Via Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun: "I have alot of options."
Although drawing so close to the rail can be an issue for some horses, California Chrome has won from that spot before and is a strong finisher during races. California Chrome has won four straight stakes coming into the Derby and will be all set to continue with his winning ways thanks to this favorable draw.
Danza is a latecomer to the party with just a single victory in three previous starts. The victory came at the Arkansas Derby, where Danza closed strong and won by over four lengths.
Steve Byk, host of Sirius and XM radio's At the Races, was a huge champion of Danza's draw:
Danza biggest beneficiary of draw by wide margin; Wicked Strong not fatally injured by 20 given style and positive that he loads last..— Steve Byk (@Steve_Byk) April 30, 2014
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports also noted that the No. 4 post has some good luck going for it as well:
Arkansas Derby winner Danza draws No. 4. Trainer Todd Pletcher won from that post in 2010 w Super Saver.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 30, 2014
Danza is a strong closer, and by starting on the inside of the track won't have to fight to get to the rail in the exhausting 1 1/4 miles of the Derby. Danza is a case of a horse peaking at the right time. Aron Wellman, president of the racing company that owns Danza, had strong words regarding the famously named horse. Via Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal.
"In the last month, he's definitely become a boss," said Wellman.