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2009 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Date: 04/29/2009

With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, the list of contenders is starting to settle down now that all the graded prep are finished, other than the Derby Trial and Withers which are only one week before the Derby. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, graded stakes earnings are used to determine who will get in the field when entries are taken. 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. Just remember, it will take at least $100,000 or more in graded earnings to make the field, and some may still drop out before the entries are taken due to injury or illness. For historical comparisons, you can view past year's final earnings lists and the lowest earnings to get in the race here: 2008 ($165,000), 2007 ($104,000), 2006 ($109,000)

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 20, 2009. You can see free past performances for all the nominees here. This should be the final totals for 2009. Horses who are definitely out have been removed now. Quality Road is out as of 4/27 due to foot problems, so has been removed. Square Eddie is out as of 4/28 due to a recurring shin injury. Win Willy dropped out on 4/29 due to an ankle problem.

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

  1. Regal Ransom ... $1,250,000
  2. Pioneerof the Nile ... $1,193,250
  3. Square Eddie ... $804,981
  4. I Want Revenge ... $774,000
  5. Papa Clem ... $760,000
  6. Desert Party ... $641,667
  7. General Quarters ... $595,645
  8. Friesan Fire ... $570,465
  9. Musket Man ... $485,000
  10. Hold Me Back ... $438,000
  11. West Side Bernie ... $385,160
  12. Chocolate Candy ... $370,000
  13. Win Willy ... $230,000
  14. Advice ... $206,845
  15. Dunkirk ... $150,000
  16. Mine That Bird ... $138,705
  17. Flying Private ... $124,000
  18. Mr. Hot Stuff ... $114,000
  19. Summer Bird ... $100,000
  20. Join in the Dance ... $90,000
  21. Atomic Rain ... $77,500
  22. Nowhere to Hide ... $55,500

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