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2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: 05/01/2011

With the Kentucky Derby less than a week away, the graded preps are now finish so the earnings list is final. 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. The number of graded stakes for 3-year-olds left to go is ticking down, so horses low on the list have to get on the ball now. 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 like 2010 where it took almost $150,000 to make the field, although in 2009 there were some big last minute dropouts that dropped it down to $55,500, mostly because that horse was already at Churchill Downs and it was too late for others to ship in. Over the last five years, it has taken an average of $130,450 for the final horse to make the field and there are already over 20 horses with over $100,000 in earnings. 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)

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Who will win the 2011 Kentucky Derby?

Animal Kingdom
Brilliant Speed
Comma to the Top
Decisive Moment
Derby Kitten
Dialed In
Master of Hounds
Mucho Macho Man
Midnight Interlude
Pants On Fire
Stay Thirsty
Twice the Appeal
Uncle Mo
Watch Me Go

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 30. Horses who have already be declared as out of the Derby are not listed and only those with at least $100,000 in earnings are included. Where there is a tie in earnings, the horses are ranked alphabetically.

  1. Uncle Mo ... $1,360,000
  2. Dialed In ... $840,000
  3. Archarcharch ... $780,000
  4. Comma to the Top ... $671,000
  5. Toby's Corner ... $625,000
  6. Pants On Fire ... $623,000
  7. Midnight Interlude ... $600,000
  8. Soldat ... $540,000
  9. Brilliant Speed ... $450,000
  10. Master of Hounds ... $441,884
  11. Nehro ... $400,000
  12. Twice the Appeal ... $400,000
  13. Mucho Macho Man ... $370,000
  14. Decisive Moment ... $301,000
  15. Animal Kingdom ... $285,000
  16. Stay Thirsty ... $260,000
  17. Santiva ... $242,397
  18. Watch Me Go ... $235,500
  19. Shackleford ... $212,000
  20. Twinspired ... $197,500
  21. Machen ... $169,730
  22. Brethren ... $157,500
  23. Blue Laser ... $143,502
  24. Flashpoint ... $140,000
  25. Derby Kitten ... $120,000
  26. Mr. Commons ... $120,000
  27. Sway Away ... $111,500
  28. Dance City ... $100,000
  29. Norman Asbjornson ... $100,000
  30. Lou Brissie ... $99,043
  31. Ruler on Ice ... $96,000
(g) - Gelding, (f) - Filly

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