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2009 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Date: 04/29/2009

Entries and post positions are here!

Here is my latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2009 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 2nd at Churchill Downs. The prep races are just getting started as the newly turned 3-year-olds begin their campaigns for the coveted Triple Crown races. Expect this list to change drastically over the next few months as some good at age 2 fail to progress and unknown but improving 3-year-olds pop into the picture.

Below is the current list of contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. Jockey assignments are starting to firm up but a couple of the contenders are still without a confirmed rider. The Experimental Free Handicap is out now and there are quite a few dual qualifiers this year. An asterisk (*) by the name in the list below indicates a dual qualifier. The early Triple Crown nominations closed on January 24 and were released February 8th with only 401 horses nominated this year, down 11%. Late nominations closed on March 28 and 11 more horses were added.

Notes: The Pamplemousse is off the trail as of 4/5 due to a tendon injury. Announced on 4/6 that Quality Road has a quarter crack in his right hind foot that makes his status uncertain. Old Fashioned was injured in the Arkansas Derby on 4/11 and is out indefinitely and has been retired. Terrain is not going according to his trainer and Theregoesjojo out with a minor injury as of 4/14. Mafaaz moved to Kiaran McLaughlin and not going as of 4/16. Charitable Man not going as of 4/17. Giant Oak not going as of 4/20. Quality Road has a second quarter crack in a different hoof discovered on 4/24. As of 4/27 Quality Road is out due to his foot problems. On 4/28 Square Eddie out due to a recurring shin injury. Win Willy out as of 4/29 with an ankle proble.

Triple Crown quick links:

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2009 Kentucky Derby?

Atomic Rain
Chocolate Candy
Desert Party
Flying Private
Friesan Fire
General Quarters
Hold Me Back
Join in the Dance
Mine That Bird
Mr. Hot Stuff
Musket Man
Nowhere to Hide
Papa Clem
Pioneerof the Nile
Regal Ransom
Summer Bird
West Side Bernie

Entries and post positions are here!

AdviceTodd Pletcher 3.80 Rene Douglas
Atomic RainKelly Breen 3.40 Joe Bravo
Chocolate Candy *Jerry Hollendorfer 2.08 Mike Smith
Desert PartySaeed bin Suroor 3.80 Ramon Dominguez
DunkirkTodd Pletcher 3.00 Edgar Prado
Flying PrivateD. Wayne Lukas 3.67 Robby Albarado
Friesan FireLarry Jones 3.00 Gabriel Saez
General QuartersMark Miller 2.69 Julien Leparoux
Hold Me BackBill Mott 3.44 Kent Desormeaux
I Want Revenge *Jeff Mullins 3.00 Joe Talamo
Join in the DanceTodd Pletcher 2.00 Chris DeCarlo
Mine That BirdBennie Woolley 5.40 Calvin Borel
Mr. Hot StuffEoin Harty 2.11 John Velazquez
Musket ManDerek Ryan 4.00 Eibar Coa
Nowhere to HideNick Zito 2.33 Shaun Bridgmohan
Papa ClemGary Stute3.36 Rafael Bejarano
Pioneerof the Nile *Bob Baffert 3.89 Garrett Gomez
Regal RansomSaeed bin Suroor 2.00 Alan Garcia
Summer BirdTim Ice 2.11 Chris Rosier
West Side Bernie *Kelly Breen 1.80 Stewart Elliott
Off the Trail
BeethovenJohn Ward 5.86 injured
Break Water EdisonJohn Kimmel 2.56 eased last out
Capt. Candyman CanIan Wilkes 1.67 staying in sprints
Charitable Man *Kiaran McLaughlin 2.06 not going
Flying PegasusRalph Nicks 3.00 not enough earnings
Giant OakChris Block 3.00 not going
HaynesfieldSteve Asmussen 3.00 unlikely
Hello BroadwayBarclay Tagg 2.00 not enough earnings
Imperial Council Shug McGaughey 3.36 not going
MafaazKiaran McLaughlin 2.08 not going
Midshipman *Saeed bin Suroor 2.37 injured
Mr. Fantasy Kiaran McLaughlin 4.20 not going, waiting for Preakness
Old FashionedLarry Jones 5.22 injured, retired
PatenaRichard Dutrow Jr. 3.80 not enough earnings
Quality RoadJames Jerkens 2.38 out with 2 bad feet
Silver CityW. Brett Calhoun 3.31 not going
Square Eddie *Doug O'Neill 3.40 sore shin
Stardom Bound *Bobby Frankel 3.36 taking time off
Terrain *Albert Stall Jr. 2.20 not going
The PamplemousseJulio Canani 1.67 injured
TheregoesjojoKen McPeek 2.53 injured
Win Willy Mac Robertson 5.00 ankle problem
Vineyard Haven *Saeed bin Suroor 3.00 not going

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