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horse racing kentucky derby2018 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 3/05/2018

Here my continuing look at the list of top contenders for the 2018 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 6th at Churchill Downs. The prep races in full swing and there are lots of points left to be earned earned. Expect lots of changes to this list as horses win or lose preps or get injured.

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on May 2.

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 360 horses, and late nominations, which cost $6000, will close 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:

 AudibleTodd Pletcher5.00 John Velazequez 
 Bolt d’OroMick Ruis3.00 *Javier Castellano 
 BravazoD. Wayne Lukas2.75 Miguel Mena 
 Catholic BoyJonathan Thomas2.08 *Manny Franco 
 CombatantSteve Asmussen2.60 Ricardo Santana Jr. 
 EnticedKiaran McLaughlin3.00 Joel Rosario 
 Firenze FireJason Servis4.14 Manny Franco 
 FlameawayMark Casse4.00 Jose Lezcano 
 Free Drop BillyDale Romans1.74 *Luis Saez 
 Good MagicChad Brown3.40 *Jose Ortiz 
 GreyvitosAdam Kitchingman3.00 Victor Espinoza 
 Instilled RegardJerry Hollendorfer1.59 *Javier Castellano 
 LomboMichael Pender5.00 Flavien Prat 
 McKinzieBob Baffert2.33 *Mike Smith 
 My Boy JackKeith Desormeaux1.77 Kent Desormeaux 
 Noble IndyTodd Pletcher3.00 John Velazequez 
 Promises FulfilledDale Romans9.00 Irad Ortiz Jr. 
 Snapper SinclairSteve Asmussen9.00 A. Beschizza 
 SolominiBob Baffert3.00 *Flavien Prat 
 Strike PowerMark Hennig3.67 Luis Saez 
Off the Trail
 Avery IslandKiaran McLaughlin2.64 *Joe Bravo 
 MourinhoBob Baffert3.00 Drayden Van Dyke 
                                          * = dual qualifier

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