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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: 05/01/2012

With the Kentucky Derby less than a month away, the graded preps are nearly over with only a few races left to get those all important graded earnings. 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 used to take at least $100,000 in graded earnings to make the field, but with rising purses that number is going up each year and will definitely be more than $200,000 this year. In 2011 it took almost $200,000 to make the field and 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: 2010 ($190,000), 2008 ($165,000), 2007 ($104,000), 2006 ($109,000)

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2012 Kentucky Derby?

Creative Cause
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Nose Best
Done Talking
El Padrino
I'll Have Another
My Adonis
Rousing Sermon
Take Charge Indy
Union Rags
Went the Day Well

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 22. 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. Hansen ... $1,550,000
  2. Daddy Long Legs ... $1,284.030
  3. Union Rags ... $1,170,000
  4. Dullahan ... $855,000
  5. Creative Cause ... $836,000
  6. Gemologist ... $703,855
  7. Sabercat ... $701,429
  8. Take Charge Indy ... $698,400
  9. Bodemeister ... $660,000
  10. Hero of Order ... $615,500 (not nominated and would require a $200,000 supplement, but still could not get in unless less than 20 early or late nominees were entered)
  11. I'll Have Another ... $601,000
  12. Daddy Nose Best ... $545,558
  13. Liaison ... $393,000
  14. Alpha ... $380,000
  15. Prospective ... $367,327
  16. Trinniberg ... $324,500
  17. Done Talking ... $311,000
  18. Went the Day Well ... $282,000
  19. Rousing Sermon ... $270,000
  20. El Padrino ... $250,000
  21. Optimizer ... $184,708
  22. Currency Swap ... $150,000
  23. The Lumber Guy ... $150,000
  24. My Adonis ... $140,000
  25. Brother Francis ... $135,000
  26. Longview Drive ... $102,834
(g) - Gelding, (f) - Filly

Wrote (IRE) would be #6 with $756,630 in earnings, but his connections have announced he will not be going.

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