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horse racing kentucky derby2024 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 4/14/2024

Here my latest look at the list of top contenders for the 2024 Kentucky Derby to be run on May 7th at Churchill Downs. All the points-scoring races are over now so the list is finalized. Note that any horses currently trained by Bob Baffert are excluded since he is still banned from the Derby.

Entries for the Kentucky Derby will close and post positions will be drawn on Monday April 29.

Below is a list of top contenders with their trainer, jockey, and dosage index. The Experimental Free Handicap was discontinued a few years ago, 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 346 horses and late nominations, which cost $6000, closed the end of March with seven more horses. That is the last chance to be eligible without a high supplement fee, but with rule changes a couple of years ago, 2024 late supplements will have the same priority as the nominees if anyone wants to pay the $200,000 fee.

Triple Crown quick links:



 CatalyticSaffie Joseph Jr.3.00Julien Leparoux 
 Catching FreedomBrad Cox5.67Luis Saez 
 Common DefenseKen McPeek3.00/td>Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 DeterministicChristophe Clement7.80/td>Joel Rosario 
 Domestic ProductChad Brown3.00Tyler Gaffalione 
 DornochDanny Gargan2.50Luis Saez 
 EncinoBrad Cox2.33Florent Geroux
 EndlesslyMichael McCarthy2.60Umberto Rispoli
 FiercenessTodd Pletcher5.00John Velazquez 
 Forever YoungYoshito Yahagi3.00Ryusei Sakai 
 Honor MarieWhit Beckman3.24Ben Curtis 
 Just a TouchBrad Cox3.57Florent Geroux 
 Just SteelWayne Lukas4.00Keith Asmussen 
 Mystik DanKenny McPeek3.00Brian Hernandez Jr. 
 Sierra LeoneChad Brown2.00Tyler Gaffalione 
 Society ManDanny Gargan3.80Luis Rivera Jr. 
 StrongholdPhil D'Amato3.00Antonio Fresu 
 T O Password Daisuke Takayanagi1.00Katsuma Sameshima 
 Track PhantomSteve Asmussen2.20Joel Rosario 
 West SaratogaLarry Demeritte3.00Jesus Castanon 
Need more points or someone to drop out (in points order)
 Grand Mo the FirstVictor Barboza Jr.1.22Emisael Jaramillo 
 HadesJoe Orseno3.00Paco Lopez 
 Uncle Heavy“Butch” Reid Jr.7.00Mychel Sanhez 
 El Grande OLinda Rice5.40Kendrick Carmouche 
 Le Dom BroEniel Cordero3.00Edwin Gonzalez 
Off the trail
 LockedTodd Pletcher2.00knee injury
 No More TimeJose D’Angelo1.91workout injury
 TimberlakeBrad Cox1.00not going

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