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horse racing kentucky derby2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 3/16/2017

Here my first 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 just getting started so there are lots of points yet to be earned and will be many, many changes to the list before May.

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on May 3. Early Triple Crown nominations are not closed yet and we are still waiting for the Experimental Free Handicap as well. Both of those should be out by the end of the month.

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 the season progresses. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed in January with 419 horses, and late nominations, which cost $6000, will close in late March. That is the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee, but with rule changes last year late supplements will have the same priority as the nominees if anyone wants to pay the $200,000 fee.

Triple Crown quick links:

 Classic EmpireMark Casse5.00 Julien Leparoux 
 Cloud ComputingChad Brown3.36 Manuel Franco 
 El AreebCathal Lynch3.25 Trevor McCarthy 
 GirvinJoe Sharp2.11 Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 GormleyJohn Shirreffs2.25 *Victor Espinoza 
 Guest SuiteNeil Howard2.56 Robby Albarado 
 GunneveraAntonio Sano2.00 *Javier Castellano 
 Hot SeanBob Baffert3.36 Martin Pedroza 
 IliadDoug O'Neill2.56 Flavien Prat 
 IrapDoug O'Neill2.50 Flavien Prat 
 Irish War CryGraham Motion3.00 Joel Rosario 
 J Boys EchoDale Romans4.09 Robby Albarado 
 Lookin at LeeSteve Asmussen3.40 Ricardo Santana Jr. 
 MalagacyTodd Pletcher6.20 Javier Castellano 
 McCrakenIan Wilkes2.43 *Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 Mo TownTony Dutrow4.60 John Velazquez 
 No DozingArnaud Delacour3.00 Daniel Centeno 
 One LinerTodd Pletcher3.00 John Velazquez 
 Practical JokeChad Brown3.00 *Joel Rosario 
 Royal MoJohn Shirreffs1.50 Victor Espinoza 
 TapwritTodd Pletcher3.00 Jose Ortiz 
 UncontestedWayne Catalano3.00 Channing Hill 
 UntrappedSteve Asmussen2.08 Ricardo Santana Jr. 
 Wild ShotRusty Arnold II4.00 Corey Lanerie 
Off the Trail
 KlimtArt Sherman2.43 *Rafael Bejarano 
 MasteryBob Baffert2.11 *Mike Smith 
 SyndergaardTodd Pletcher7.00 John Velazquez 
                                          * = dual qualifier

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