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Who gains from Derby post positions?

Updated: May 6, 2011, 1:07 PM ET
By Lane Gold | Special to ESPN Insider
Midnight Interlude Rob Carr/Getty ImagesBob Baffert had to be thrilled when he saw the draw for Midnight Interlude.

The Kentucky Derby can be one of the more perilous races, as it's the only horse race that features 20 horses. Having a clean trip and simply "staying out of trouble" are huge keys to winning the biggest horse race in the country.

A big step in getting a smooth ride in the Derby is the post position draw, which was held Wednesday. It is a simple luck of the draw, but some horses could lose nearly any chance to win or see their odds increase dramatically depending on the gate number they are assigned.

Let's examine who received good news, bad news or no news after the post position draw:

Good news

Midnight Interlude, No. 15 (10-1 morning line) -- Trainer Bob Baffert, who already has three Derby wins to his credit, was given a gift when his colt was awarded the No. 15 starting position. At first glance, this spot may seem too far outside but, based on the way the starting gates are set up, he is in a great position.


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Lane Gold

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A lifelong horse racing fan, Lane Gold hosts a weekly radio show called the Kentucky Winner's Circle and has a horse racing blog.