Here is the latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2011 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 7th at Churchill Downs. The graded prep races are almost over, so there isn't much time to add to their earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field. A few have already dropped out due to injury, and some new players have stepped up who were unraced as two-year-olds, so watch for changes to this list each week. Entries will be taken on May 4 which will give the final answer to who will be in the 2011 Kentucky Derby field.
Below is my first 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 based on who has been riding so far and can change drastically as we get farther into the Triple Crown preps. The Experimental Free Handicap was released on January 27, and there are 9 dual qualifiers this year. An asterisk (*) by the name in the list below indicates a dual qualifier. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed on January 22 with 364 nominations. Late nominations, which cost $6000, closed on March 26 with 13 additional nominees.
Triple Crown quick links:
Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2011 Kentucky Derby?
Thursday Kentucky Derby Workouts - It was a lovely day at Churchill Downs on Thursday. Here are photos and comments for 18 of the Kentucky Derby runners from either the morning workouts or paddock schooling in the afternoon. New!
Tuesday Kentucky Derby Workouts - Photos of some of the horses working at Churchill plus Toby's Corner galloping at Fair Hills. Today he was withdrawn from the Derby due to an injury that showed up after that work. New!
2011 Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 13 was entered for Friday's Kentucky Oaks with 5-2 favorite Joyful Victory drawing post 1. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here. New!
Analyzing the top 2011 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. No surprise there is a 3-way tie for top spot this year. New!
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2011 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
2011 Triple Crown Late Nominations - Thirteen more thoroughbreds were made eligible for the three Triple Crown races for a fee of $6000 by the late nomination deadline, including Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go. Any not nominated now will have to pay a huge supplement fee to enter. Check out the list here.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager - There will again be three future wager pools for the Derby on Feb. 18-20, March 11-13, and April 1-3. There will be a single pool for the Oaks on March 11-13.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 - Wagering is now closed and juvenile champion Uncle Mo was the 3-1 favorite over Florida Derby winner Dialed In at 5-1. Get the horses, closing odds, will-pay amounts, and free past performances here.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 - Wagering is now closed and Uncle Mo, who won his 2011 debut on Saturday, is the favorite at 3-1 with the field next at 7-2. In the only Kentucky Oaks Future, Kathmanblu is the favorite at 7-2. Get the horses, final odds, free past performances, and exact will-pay amounts here.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 - Wagering is now closed and the field was the favorite at 2-1 favorite with Uncle Mo next at 7-2. Get the horses, final odds, free past performances, and will-pay prices here.
Injury Report - who is hurt or off the trail from the Road to the Roses contest
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.
Get a head start on handicapping the Kentucky Derby here:
Review: Betting the Kentucky Derby - How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race by Dean Keppler. Breaks the task of handicapping the Derby into easy to understand strategies that any bettor at any level of play can implement and gives strategies for wagering as well.