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2008 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Date: 04/30/2008

Results and photos are here
Entries and Post Positions are here!

Race day is nearly here and the list of contenders for the 2008 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 3rd is firming up nicely. The prep races are finished and the graded earnings order is set, so we know for sure who can get in. I will be updating this as jockey information becomes available and adding or removing horses as needed if they drop out due to injury or other reasons. FYI - as of Sunday April 27, Proud Spell has committed to the Kentucky Oaks instead of the Derby.

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. Some jockey assignments are already known, but there will probably be a few changes once the entries are drawn on April 30. The Experimental Free Handicap, which determines who the dual qualifiers are, was released until late January. The early Triple Crown nominations closed on January 19 and late nominations closed March 29, and only those horses can enter without a huge supplement fee.

I will be at Churchill Downs starting Wednesday, so check back daily for workout photos and reports.

Triple Crown quick links:

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2008 Kentucky Derby?

Anak Nakal
Big Brown
Big Truck
Bob Black Jack
Colonel John
Cool Coal Man
Court Vision
Cowboy Cal
Denis of Cork
Eight Belles
Proud Spell
Tale of Ekati
Salute the Sarge
Smooth Air
Z Fortune
Z Humor

AdrianoGraham Motion 3.17 Edgar Prado
Anak NakalNick Zito 4.00Rafael Bejarano
Big BrownRichard Dutrow Jr. 1.67 Kent Desormeaux
Big TruckBarclay Tagg 1.40 Javier Castellano
Colonel JohnEoin Harty 2.11 *Corey Nakatani
Cool Coal ManNick Zito 3.00 Julien Leparoux
Court VisionBill Mott 3.67 *Garrett Gomez
Cowboy CalTodd Pletcher 2.60 John Velazquez
Eight BellesLarry Jones 2.20 Ramon Dominguez
GayegoPaulo Lobo 4.33 Mike Smith
Massive DramaDale Romans 2.33 ?
MonbaTodd Pletcher 2.00 Ramon Dominguez
PyroSteve Asmussen 3.73 *Shaun Bridgmohan
RecapturethegloryLouie Roussel III 5.00 E.T. Baird
Salute the SargeEric Guillot 4.14 Michael Baze
Smooth AirBennie Stutts Jr. 3.00 Manoel Cruz
Tale of EkatiBarclay Tagg 2.00 *Eibar Coa
VisionaireMichael Matz 3.80 Jose Lezcano
Z FortuneSteve Asmussen 1.67 Robby Albarado
Z HumorBill Mott 2.73 Rene Douglas
Below #20 on the Graded Earnings List
Bob Black JackJames Kasparoff 4.33 Richard Migliore
Denis of CorkDavid Carroll 1.80 Calvin Borel
Halo NajibDale Romans 1.95 ?
Off the Trail
AtonedTodd Pletcher 3.00 unlikely
BehindatthebarTodd Pletcher 3.57 skipping the Derby, straight to Preakness
El Gato MaloCraig Dollase 4.33 unlikely
EtchedKiaran McLaughlin 4.14 not going
Giant MoonRichard Schosberg 2.43 not going
Kodiak KowboySteve Asmussen 2.00 *not going
Majestic WarriorBill Mott 3.00 *not going
Proud SpellLarry Jones 2.27 going to the Oaks
Slew's TiznowGreg Fox 2.00 colic surgery
TomcitoDante Zanelli Jr. 3.00 *unlikely
War PassNick Zito 4.09 injured
* Dual qualifier

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