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2010 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Date: 04/25/2010

ENTRIES ARE HERE!

With the Kentucky Derby less than three weeks away, the list of contenders is quite long now that the graded preps are almost over, with only the Derby Trial and Withers left which are only a week before the Derby so unlikely to be used as a prep. 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. It usually takes at least $100,000 or more in graded earnings to make the field, although in 2009 there were some big last minute dropouts pushing it down to $55,500, mostly because that horse was already at Churchill Downs and it was too late for others to ship in. With all the upsets this year, graded stakes earnings are more spread around and it is looking like it will take over $200,000 to make the Kentucky Derby field, a new record high. 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, the old record high), 2007 ($104,000), 2006 ($109,000)

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 25. Horses who have already be declared as out of the Derby are not listed.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2010 Kentucky Derby?

American Lion
Awesome Act
Backtalk
Conveyance
Dean's Kitten
Devil May Care
Discreetly Mine
Dublin
Homeboykris
Ice Box
Jackson Bend
Line of David
Lookin at Lucky
Make Music for Me
Mission Impazible
Noble's Promise
Paddy O'Prado
Sidney's Candy
Stately Victor
Super Saver

  1. Lookin at Lucky ... $1,480,000
  2. Noble's Promise ... $738,000
  3. Rule ... $645,000
  4. Sidney's Candy ... $630,000
  5. Line of David ... $600,000
  6. Mission Impazible ... $485,934
  7. Ice Box ... $457,500
  8. Stately Victor ... $450,000
  9. Endorsement ... $400,000
  10. Conveyance ... $386,000
  11. American Lion ... $378,000
  12. Dublin ... $373,208
  13. Super Saver ... $363,832
  14. Devil May Care ... $363,000 (filly)
  15. Discreetly Mine ... $340,000
  16. Dean's Kitten ... $326,475
  17. Interactif ... $307,950
  18. Awesome Act ... $285,000
  19. Paddy O'Prado ... $250,950
  20. Homeboykris ... $250,000
  21. Jackson Bend ... $230,000
  22. Backtalk ... $225,916
  23. Make Music for Me ... $218,750
  24. Pleasant Prince ... $189,278
  25. A Little Warm ... $180,000
  26. Setsuko ... $180,000
  27. Caracortado ... $153,000
  28. Yawanna Twist ... $147,000
  29. Eightyfiveinafifty ... $131,514
  30. First Dude ... $97,500
  31. Drosselmeyer ... $87,000

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