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horse racing kentucky derby2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 05/01/2012

Entries and post positions are here!

Here is the latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 5th at Churchill Downs. The graded prep races are now over, so the earnings list to make the Kentucky Derby field is now finalized. 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 2 which will give the final answer to who will be in the 2012 Kentucky Derby field.

Below is my continuing 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 February 2nd, and there are 13 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 21 with 398 nominations. Late nominations, which cost $6000, will close in late March and are the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee.

Triple Crown quick links:

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2012 Kentucky Derby?

Alpha
Bodemeister
Creative Cause
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Nose Best
Done Talking
Dullahan
El Padrino
Gemologist
Hansen
I'll Have Another
Liaison
My Adonis
Optimizer
Prospective
Rousing Sermon
Sabercat
Take Charge Indy
Trinniberg
Union Rags
Went the Day Well

HorseTrainerDosageJockey
AlphaKiaran McLaughlin 1.67  Rajiv Maragh
BodemeisterBob Baffert 3.00  Mike Smith
Creative CauseMike Harrington 1.43 *Joel Rosario
Daddy Long LegsAidan O'Brien 2.43  Colm O'Donoghue
Daddy Nose BestSteve Asmussen 2.43  Garrett Gomez
Done TalkingHamilton Smith 2.33  Sheldon Russell
DullahanDale Romans 4.20  Kent Desormeaux
El PadrinoTodd Pletcher 2.60  Rafael Bejarano
GemologistTodd Pletcher 2.73 *Javier Castellano
HansenMike Maker 3.50 *Ramon Dominguez
I'll Have AnotherDoug O'Neill 2.11  Mario Gutierrez
LiaisonBob Baffert 3.00 *Martin Garcia
OptimizerD. Wayne Lukas 3.24  Jon Court
ProspectiveMark Casse 3.36  Luis Contreras
Rousing SermonJerry Hollendorfer 2.60 *Joe Talamo
SabercatSteve Asmussen 2.73 *Corey Nakatani
Take Charge IndyPatrick Byrne 3.00  Calvin Borel
The Lumber GuyMichael Hushion 4.78  Mike Luzzi
TrinnibergBisnath Parboo 3.00  Willie Martinez
Union RagsMichael Matz 2.14 *Julien Leparoux
Went the Day WellGraham Motion 1.91  John Velazquez
Off the Trail
American ActJack Carara 4.78  taking time off
Battle HardenedEddie Kenneally 1.56  unlikely
CastawayBob Baffert 0.67  not going
Currency SwapTeresa Pompay 3.00 *unlikely
Discreet DancerTodd Pletcher 3.44  resting in Ocala
DrillBob Baffert 2.27  not going
Empire WayMike Harrington 2.81  out per trainer
Isn't He CleverSteve Asmussen 3.00  not going
Mark ValeskiLarry Jones 3.00  not going
Midnight TransferCarla Gaines 2.00  unlikely
My AdonisKelly Breen 2.67  unlikely
News PendingDale Romans 1.40  not going
ReveronAugustin Bezara 3.00  injured
Secret CircleBob Baffert 2.53 *injured
State of PlayGraham Motion 2.00  on turf now
WroteAidan O'Brien 1.08  not going

Get a head start on handicapping the Kentucky Derby here:

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