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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.
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|Advice||Todd Pletcher||3.80||Rene Douglas|
|Atomic Rain||Kelly Breen||3.40||Joe Bravo|
|Chocolate Candy *||Jerry Hollendorfer||2.08||Mike Smith|
|Desert Party||Saeed bin Suroor||3.80||Ramon Dominguez|
|Dunkirk||Todd Pletcher||3.00||Edgar Prado|
|Flying Private||D. Wayne Lukas||3.67||Robby Albarado|
|Friesan Fire||Larry Jones||3.00||Gabriel Saez|
|General Quarters||Mark Miller||2.69||Julien Leparoux|
|Hold Me Back||Bill Mott||3.44||Kent Desormeaux|
|I Want Revenge *||Jeff Mullins||3.00||Joe Talamo|
|Join in the Dance||Todd Pletcher||2.00||Chris DeCarlo|
|Mine That Bird||Bennie Woolley||5.40||Calvin Borel|
|Mr. Hot Stuff||Eoin Harty||2.11||John Velazquez|
|Musket Man||Derek Ryan||4.00||Eibar Coa|
|Nowhere to Hide||Nick Zito||2.33||Shaun Bridgmohan|
|Papa Clem||Gary Stute||3.36||Rafael Bejarano|
|Pioneerof the Nile *||Bob Baffert||3.89||Garrett Gomez|
|Regal Ransom||Saeed bin Suroor||2.00||Alan Garcia|
|Summer Bird||Tim Ice||2.11||Chris Rosier|
|West Side Bernie *||Kelly Breen||1.80||Stewart Elliott|
|Off the Trail|
|Break Water Edison||John Kimmel||2.56||eased last out|
|Capt. Candyman Can||Ian Wilkes||1.67||staying in sprints|
|Charitable Man *||Kiaran McLaughlin||2.06||not going|
|Flying Pegasus||Ralph Nicks||3.00||not enough earnings|
|Giant Oak||Chris Block||3.00||not going|
|Hello Broadway||Barclay Tagg||2.00||not enough earnings|
|Imperial Council||Shug McGaughey||3.36||not going|
|Mafaaz||Kiaran McLaughlin||2.08||not going|
|Midshipman *||Saeed bin Suroor||2.37||injured|
|Mr. Fantasy||Kiaran McLaughlin||4.20||not going, waiting for Preakness|
|Old Fashioned||Larry Jones||5.22||injured, retired|
|Patena||Richard Dutrow Jr.||3.80||not enough earnings|
|Quality Road||James Jerkens||2.38||out with 2 bad feet|
|Silver City||W. 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 Pamplemousse||Julio Canani||1.67||injured|
|Win Willy||Mac Robertson||5.00||ankle problem|
|Vineyard Haven *||Saeed bin Suroor||3.00||not going|
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