Media Alert: 2012 Kentucky Derby 138 Post Position Draw

Contributed By Stevie Stats
Posted on 5/2/12 9:58 AM

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET

Location: Secretariat Lounge, 2nd floor of the Churchill Downs clubhouse

Directions to Secretariat Lounge: (From Gate 17 entrance) – Take Gate 17 escalators to second floor and the double-door entrance to the Secretariat Lounge will be on the right); (From Joe Hirsch Media Center) – Take media elevator to 2nd floor; turn right into the ITW area and the double-door entrance to the Secretariat entrance will be near the Gate 17 escalators.

Access: Not open to the public. Invitations and media credentials only

Live television: NBC SportsNetwork and local affiliates

Process: The 2012 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw will use a traditional "pill pull" where horses' entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from in the starting gate (Note: Churchill Downs previously used a two-tier process for 12 years from 1998-2009, a format that was created for live television with the hope of adding more drama and suspense. Instead of horses merely being assigned a post position, the connections of each horse would select their starting spots. First, there was a “pill pull” that would determine what order a horse’s connections would pick there place in the starting gate. After the selection order was established and a break for strategizing, the post position selection process would follow, much like a draft in other professional sports.).

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