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Preakness Entry Rules

Updated: 05/07/2009

Although the Kentucky Derby allows up to 20 starters, the Preakness only allows a maximum field of 14. The Derby has the simple rule of graded stakes earnings to determine who can enter, with preference given to original nominees over any supplements. The Preakness uses a three-tiered process to decide who can get in the field if more than 14 are entered and supplemental entries, which cost $100,000, are treated equally.

The first seven positions are determined by graded stakes earnings as in the Derby. The next four slots are given to the top lifetime earners in non-restricted races, so any earnings from restricted races would be subtracted from their total earnings. The final three positions are given to the horses with the most lifetime earnings regardless of the type of race, open or restricted. If there are any ties, they will draw lots from the tied horses to pick who gets in the race. Also, no horse who earns purse money in The Kentucky Derby (which is the first 5 finishers) will be denied the opportunity to start in the Preakness.

Here are the current Preakness contenders with their lifetime earnings and graded earnings. I have also indicated if they have any restricted earnings, but I didn't go look up those races to subtract it out. For most it won't be enough to make much of a difference.

Preakness Poll
Who will win the 2009 Preakness?

Big Drama
Flying Private
Friesan Fire
General Quarters
Luv Gov
Mine That Bird
Musket Man
Papa Clem
Pioneerof the Nile
Rachel Alexandra
Take the Points
Tone It Down

Big Drama$890,250yes$480,000
Charitable Man$187,200 $150,000
Conservative$124,560 $60,00
Flying Private$193,080 $124,000
Friesan Fire$603,265 $570,465
General Quarters$641,735 $595,645
Hull$107,800 $67,365
Join in the Dance$163,220yes$90,000
Miner's Escape$70,590 $0
Mine That Bird$1,791,581 $1,555,905
Mr. Fantasy$166,000yes$115,000
Musket Man$772,600 $685,000
Papa Clem$890,940 $860,000
Pioneerof the Nile    $1,634,200 $1,593,250
Take the Points$156,190 $85,000
Terrain$512,084 $448,330

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