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2004 Kentucky Derby Contenders
Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: 04/26/2004

2005 Graded Earnings here

With the Kentucky Derby only three weeks away and all the serious preps over, the list of possible entrants should start to take shape. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, some of these contenders are not going to get in the race. Only the top 20 entrants based on graded stakes earnings are going to get in, and there is no also eligible list for the Derby. Only two more graded preps remain, the Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland and the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, so those low on the list are really under the gun now.

Below is a list of Triple Crown nominees in order of their graded stakes earnings through April 11th. Three of the top 10 are fillies but only Madcap Escapade, who was a late nominee on March 27, is likely to enter. Thus, any contender lower than the 22nd spot is on the bubble and needs some horses to drop out to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. Fillies are listed in red and comments are give for those who are uncertain.

1   Halfbridled$920,000  Going to the Oaks 


2   Ashado$865,000  Going to the Oaks
3   The Cliff’s Edge$793,258 
4   Action This Day$780,000  Uncertain but probably will go
5   Friends Lake$611,000 
6   Smarty Jones$600,000 
7   Tapit$530,000 
8   Castledale (Ire)$510,000 
9   Limehouse$478,405 
10   Lion Heart$475,600 
11   Madcap Escapade$400,000  Oaks is more likely
12   Read The Footnotes$397,860 
13   Wimbledon$375,000 
14   Pollard’s Vision$366,000 
15   Imperialism$363,000 
16   Minister Eric$350,000
17   Birdstone$327,000  missed Blue Grass
18   Borrego$320,000 
19   Sinister G$302,500  10th in the Wood
20   Quintons Gold Rush$258,500 
21   Value Plus$252,500  6th in the Wood
22   St Averil$215,200 
23   Master David$208,000 
24   Tiger Hunt$165,500 
25   Preachinatthebar$159,000  dropped out of Derby after bad work
26   Saratoga County$156,500 
27   Fire Slam$143,000 
28   Song of the Sword$132,500 
29   Kitten’s Joy$120,000  likely to stay on turf
30   Capitano$115,000 
31   Kilgowan$110,000  likely to stay in NorCal
32   Pro Prado$105,685  3rd twice to Smarty Jones
33   Consecrate$100,500  9th in the Wood
34   Tricky Taboo$100,000 
35   Hosco$98,860 
36   Pomeroy$96,250 
37   Eddington$95,000  will enough above him drop out?
38   Mr. Jester$92,000  9th in Arkansas Derby
39   Rock Hard Ten$90,000  will enough above him drop out?
40   Skipaslew$70,000 

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