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2008 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: 04/28/2008

With the Kentucky Derby less than a week away, the list of possible entrants is almost set now. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, some of these contenders are not going to get in the starting gate. Only the top 20 entrants based on graded stakes earnings can draw into the race, and there is no also eligible list for the Derby. All the graded preps are over now, unless someone tries to go from the Withers to the Derby on one week of rest. It looks like it will definitely take over $150,000 in earnings to make the cut this year.

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 27, 2008. Horses who are off the trail are omitted and only those with $50,000 or more in earnings are included. Proud Spell who was #2 with $880,000 in earnings has committed to the Kentucky Oaks now, so is off the list. Behindatthebar who was #19 with $204,500 in earnings will skip the Derby and go to the Preakness next.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2008 Kentucky Derby?

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

  1. Pyro ... $1,020,000
  2. Tale of Ekati ... $738,000
  3. Colonel John ... $720,000
  4. Gayego ... $640,000
  5. Big Brown ... $600,000
  6. Z Humor ... $579,000
  7. Monba ... $515,000
  8. Court Vision ... $331,872
  9. Z Fortune ... $329,000
  10. Adriano ... $310,000
  11. Recapturetheglory ... $300,000
  12. Smooth Air ... $290,000
  13. Salute the Sarge ... $258,940
  14. Cool Coal Man ... $212,767
  15. Anak Nakal ... $212,216
  16. Eight Belles (filly) ... $210,000
  17. Cowboy Cal ... $207,660
  18. Massive Drama ... $205,200
  19. Visionaire ... $202,500
  20. Big Truck ... $194,500
  21. Bob Black Jack ... $180,000
  22. Denis of Cork ... $165,000
  23. Halo Najib ... $157,996
  24. Indian Sun ... $154,000
  25. Tomcito ... $151,292
  26. My Pal Charlie ... $150,000
  27. El Gato Malo ... $145,000
  28. Hey Byrn ... $140,000
  29. Atoned ... $130,000
  30. Riley Tucker ... $121,900
  31. Tres Borrachos ... $118,000
  32. Golden Yank ... $115,000
  33. Racecar Rhapsody ... $107,121
  34. Kentucky Bear ... $75,000

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