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2002 Kentucky Derby Entries

Date: 05/01/2002

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Below are the entries for the 128th Kentucky Derby. As expected, the field was oversubscribed with 24 entrants and some worthy contenders were eliminated due to lack of graded earnings, including Sunday Break. In a surprise move, Baffert and Pegram entered Danthebluegrassman who had been dropped from consideration since his last place finish in the Santa Anita Derby. Apparently he was training well and they decided to have a try at the big prize.

As expected, Harlan's Holiday is the favorite but only a lukewarm one at 9-2 morning line. Co-second favorites are Buddha and Came Home at 5-1 with Johannesburg and Medaglia d'Oro both at 6-1. Everyone else is at odds of 15-1 and up. The race is quite contentious so a long shot winner would not be unusual.

Note: Buddha scratched Friday morning due to a bruised foot. He is expected to start in the Preakness if it heals quickly. Corey Nakatani has also taken off Blue Burner so Pat Day picked up the mount.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the Kentucky Derby?

Wild Horses
Perfect Drift
Lusty Latin
War Emblem
Ocean Sound
Request for Parole
Essence of Dubai
Medaglia d'Oro
Private Emblem
Castle Gandolfo
Proud Citizen
Harlan's Holiday
Came Home
Easy Grades
Blue Burner

Post HorseTrainerJockeyM/L
1 JohannesburgAidan O'BrienGary Stevens 6-1
2 Wild HorsesTodd PletcherRene Douglas 50-1
3 Perfect DriftMurray JohnsonEddie Delahoussaye 15-1
4 Lusty LatinJeff MullinsGlenn Corbett 30-1
5 War EmblemBob BaffertVictor Espinoza 20-1
6 Ocean SoundJames CassidyAlex Solis 50-1
7 Request for ParoleSteve MargolisRobby Albarado 20-1
8 Essence of DubaiSaeed bin SuroorDavid Flores 15-1
9 Medaglia d'OroBobby FrankelLaffit Pincay Jr. 6-1
10 BuddhaH. James BondPat Day 5-1
11 Private EmblemSteve AsmussenDonnie Meche 20-1
12 Castle GandolfoAidan O'BrienJerry Bailey 20-1
13 Proud CitizenD. Wayne LukasMike Smith 30-1
14 Harlan's HolidayKen McPeekEdgar Prado 9-2
15 Came HomePaco GonzalezChris McCarron 5-1
16 SaarlandShug McGaugheyJohn Velazquez 15-1
17 DanthebluegrassmanBob BaffertKent Desormeaux 50-1
18 It'sallinthechaseWilson BrownEddie Martin Jr. 50-1
19 Easy GradesTed WestJorge Chavez 20-1
20 Blue BurnerBill MottCorey Nakatani 30-1

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