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Derby Contender Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: 04/30/2002

Entries to the Kentucky Derby are restricted to only 20 starters with preference by the amount of graded stakes earnings. Since the race is more wide open this year than usual, a full field is expected so earnings are more important than ever. Below is a list of possible starters in order of earnings with the amount listed (as of 4/20/02). I have flagged horses not likely to enter the Derby, but some good contenders, like Sunday Break, may not get in due to lack of earnings.

The only graded stake left for the contenders before the Derby now is the Derby Trial. Drysdale said yesterday that he is going to run Flying Dash there and send him on to the Derby if he wins. The winner's share of the $100,000 purse for the race would be just enough to get him into the top 20, but the last time a Derby winner came out of the Trial was 1958!

Derby Poll
Will Sunday Break get in the Derby or be shut out due to lack of graded stakes earnings?

Will get in
Will get shut out
Too early to tell


  1. Essence of Dubai   -   $1,518,000
  2. Harlan's Holiday   -   $1,286,064
  3. Johannesburg   -   $1,006,489
  4. Came Home   -   $844,440
  5. Officer   -   $614,810  
  6. Buddha   -   $450,000
  7. Booklet   -   $406,500  
  8. Medaglia d'Oro   -   $300,000
  9. Perfect Drift   -   $300,000
  10. Private Emblem   -   $300,000
  11. War Emblem   -   $300,000
  12. Saarland   -   $235,000
  13. Blue Burner   -   $234,500
  14. Proud Citizen   -   $229,317
  15. Mayakovsky   -   $205,000
  16. Easyfromthegitgo   -   $202,965  
  17. Easy Grades   -   $190,000
  18. Castle Gandolfo   -   $130,035
  19. Request For Parole   -   $129,672
  20. Lusty Latin   -   $120,000
  21. It'sallinthechase   -   $117,000
  22. Ocean Sound   -   $107,000
  23. Ethan Man   -   $100,939  
  24. Azillion   -   $100,000  
  25. Wild Horses   -   $100,000
  26. Windward Passage   -   $100,000
  27. U S S Tinosa   -   $83,750
  28. Sunday Break   -   $82,500
  29. Crimson Hero   -   $72,930  
  30. Flying Dash   -   $57,370  
  31. Straight Gin   -   $52,500  
  32. Tracemark   -   $26,444
  33. American Style   -   $18,233

With this many horses still under consideration, we will have to keep a close watch on who drops out and who decides definitely to go, especially after the Lexington Stakes this weekend. We may not have a good idea who will actually get in the race until the day entries are drawn!

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