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horse racing kentucky derby2019 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 4/22/2019

Here my latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2019 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 4th at Churchill Downs. All points-scoring races have been run so no further points can be earned, although some horses could drop out due to illness or injury.

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on Tuesday April 30.

Below is a list of top contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index. The Experimental Free Handicap was discontinued this year, so there are no more dual qualifiers. 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 commitments now. The early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600, closed in January with 369 horses, and only 4 late nominations, which cost $6000, were made on April 1. 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.

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Who will win the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

Bourbon War
By My Standards
Code of Honor
Country House
Cutting Humor
Game Winner
Gray Magician
Knicks Go
Long Range Toddy
Master Fencer
Maximum Security
Mucho Gusto
Omaha Beach
Plus Que Parfait
Will of War
Win Win Win

 By My StandardsBret Calhoun3.00Gabriel Saez 
 Code of Honor Shug McGaughey0.76John Velazquez 
 Country HouseBill Mott2.69Flavien Prat 
 Cutting HumorTodd Pletcher2.11TBA 
 Game WinnerBob Baffert2.33Joel Rosario 
 Gray MagicianPeter Miller5.00TBA 
 HaikalKiaran McLaughlin3.00Rajiv Maragh 
 ImprobableBob Baffert4.23Irad Ortiz Jr. 
 Long Range ToddySteve Asmussen4.33Jon Court 
 Master FencerKoichi Tsunoda2.50Julien Leparoux 
 Maximum SecurityJason Servis3.00Luis Saez 
 Omaha BeachRichard Mandella2.69Mike Smith 
 Plus Que ParfaitBrendan Walsh2.47Ricardo Santana Jr. 
 RoadsterBob Baffert2.60Florent Geroux 
 Spinoff Todd Pletcher2.78Manny Franco 
 TacitusBill Mott3.31Jose Ortiz 
 TaxDanny Gargan1.56Junior Alvarado 
 VekomaGeorge Weaver2.56Javier Castellano 
 War of WillMark Casse1.72Tyler Gaffalione 
 Win Win WinMichael Trombetta4.50Julian Pimentel 
Waiting for someone to drop out, in order of points earned
 BodexpressGustavo Delgado8.33TBA 
 SignalmanKenneth G. McPeek3.80Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 AnothertwistafateBlaine Wright2.20TBA 
 SuenoKeith Desormeaux4.14TBA 
 Bourbon WarMark Hennig3.00TBA 
 InstagrandJerry Hollendorfer3.00TBA 

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