Here is my current line up of top contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby on May 1st. The list should start to settle down over the next two weeks until the entries are drawn on Wednesday, April 28th. All the serious preps are over now, so it will mostly be changes due to injury or lack of graded stakes earnings and jockeys finally committing to one horse. Keep checking back to see what's going on.
Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star next to the dosage index indicates a dual qualifier. Best Beyer figure just added to all profiles and top contenders have been put in order of their graded stakes earnings. Lots of new links being added to profiles now that we are in the final week.
Triple Crown quick links:
- Analyzing the top Derby Contenders - trying to pick a winner
- Latest NTRA 3-year-old Poll
- Free Past Performances - from DRF
- Derby Weather - several forecasts for Louisville. Currently rain is expected.
- Graded Stakes earnings for the top contenders
- Late Triple Crown Nominees - 15 horses were nominated in the late period that closed on March 27
- 2004 Triple Crown Early Nominees - 434 horses were nominated in the early period which closed January 17.
- 2003 Experimental Free Handicap - ranks the top 2-year-olds of 2003 and determines who can be a dual qualifier
- Kentucky Derby Future Wager - Pool 3 opens April 1-4. Pool 2 final odds are now available.
- Triple Crown Trail prep race schedule with results updated weekly
- Injury Report - A list of who is off the trail due to injury from the Churchill Downs fantasy contest.
- Derby Tickets and Seats - how to get them
- Louisville Courier Journal coverage - one of your best news sources for the Derby
- Blood Horse Triple Crown Mania
- DRF Derby Special
- Thoroughbred Times Triple Crown special
- Derby News from Churchill Downs
- Triple Crown Trivia Quiz - test your knowledge of the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and compete with others.
- Triple Crown Index - the master list with even more info
|1||Limehouse||Todd Pletcher||Jose Santos||30-1|
|2||Song of the Sword||Jennifer Pedersen||Norberto Arroyo||30-1|
|3||Lion Heart||Patrick Biancone||Mike Smith||10-1|
|4||Action This Day||Richard Mandella||David Flores||30-1|
|5||Wimbledon||Bob Baffert||Jerry Bailey||15-1|
|6||Friends Lake||John Kimmel||Richard Migliore||15-1|
|7||Minister Eric||Richard Mandella||Pat Day||30-1|
|8||Master David||Bobby Frankel||Alex Solis||12-1|
|9||St. Averil||Rafael Becerra||Tyler Baze||30-1|
|10||Imperialism||Kristin Mulhall||Kent Desormeaux||15-1|
|11||The Cliff's Edge||Nick Zito||Shane Sellers||4-1|
|12||Borrego||Beau Greely||Victor Espinoza||20-1|
|13||Birdstone||Nick Zito||Edgar Prado||50-1|
|14||Read the Footnotes||Richard Violette||Robby Albarado||12-1|
|15||Smarty Jones||John Servis||Stewart Elliott||9-2|
|16||Castledale||Jeff Mullins||Jose Valdivia Jr.||15-1|
|17||Pollard's Vision||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||20-1|
|18||Tapit||Michael Dickinson||Ramon Dominguez||8-1|
|19||Pro Prado||Bob Holthus||John McKee||30-1|
|20||Quintons Gold Rush||Steve Asmussen||Corey Nakatani||20-1|