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horse racing kentucky derby2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 5/02/2017

Here my continuing look at the list of top contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 6th at Churchill Downs. The prep races are now over and all the points are earned. The only changes now will be if horses drop out from injury or illness or if Conquest Mo Money decides to supplement (he is currently not Triple Crown nominated).

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on May 3.

Below is my latest list of contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index. Dual qualifiers are marked with an asterisk by their dosage index. Each horse names links to a profile with lots of info and a photo. Jockey assignments are based on who has been riding each horse and will change as jockeys make commitmenets now. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed in January with 419 horses, and late nominations, which cost $6000, closed in late March. That was the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee, but with rule changes a couple of years ago. late supplements will have the same priority as the nominees if anyone wants to pay the $200,000 fee.

Triple Crown quick links:

HorsePostTrainerDosageJockeyOdds
 Always DreamingTodd Pletcher5.00 John Velazequez 
 Battle of MidwayJerry Hollendorfer2.83 Flavien Prat 
 Classic EmpireMark Casse5.00 Julien Leparoux 
 Fast and AccurateMike Maker1.86 Channing Hill 
 GirvinJoe Sharp2.11 Mike Smith 
 GormleyJohn Shirreffs2.25 *Victor Espinoza 
 GunneveraAntonio Sano2.00 *Javier Castellano 
 HenceSteve Asmussen3.31 Florent Geroux 
 IrapDoug O'Neill2.50 Mario Gutierrez 
 Irish War CryGraham Motion3.00 Rajiv Maragh 
 J Boys EchoDale Romans4.09 Luis Saez 
 Local HeroSteve Asmussen2.38 TBA 
 Lookin at LeeSteve Asmussen3.40 Corey Lanerie 
 Master PlanTodd Pletcher2.20 TBA 
 McCrakenIan Wilkes2.43 *Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 PatchTodd Pletcher3.00 Tyler Gaffalione 
 Practical JokeChad Brown3.00 *Joel Rosario 
 Royal MoJohn Shirreffs1.50 Gary Stevens 
 SonneteerKeith Desormeaux5.00 Kent Desormeaux 
 State of HonorMark Casse3.00 Jose Lezcano 
 TapwritTodd Pletcher3.00 Jose Ortiz 
 Thunder SnowSaeed bin Suroor0.89 Christophe Soumillon 
 UntrappedSteve Asmussen2.08 Ricardo Santana Jr. 
Off the Trail
 Battalion RunnerTodd Pletcher3.67 TBA 
 Cloud ComputingChad Brown3.36 Manuel Franco 
 El AreebCathal Lynch3.25 Trevor McCarthy 
 Guest SuiteNeil Howard2.56 Robby Albarado 
 IliadDoug O'Neill2.56 TBA 
 KlimtArt Sherman2.43 *Rafael Bejarano 
 MalagacyTodd Pletcher6.20 TBA 
 MasteryBob Baffert2.11 *Mike Smith 
 Mo TownTony Dutrow4.60 John Velazquez 
 One LinerTodd Pletcher3.00 John Velazquez 
 UncontestedWayne Catalano3.00 Channing Hill 
                                          * = dual qualifier

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