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2003 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated: 04/30/2003


Here is our continuing list of the top contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby on May 3rd. The list is nearly finalized now with the Derby only a week away and entries set to draw on Wednesday, April 30th. The list is now organized into probable starters, undecided, and unlikely/off the trail. Expect some of the latter category to come back into play for the Preakness and/or Belmont, but they are not likely to enter the Derby. More info and profiles will probably come out over the next week with the final rush to the big day, so check back.

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.

Triple Crown quick links:

  • Analyzing the Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - trying to select the winner based on statistics and historical trends to see who most closely matches the profile of a Derby winner. NEW!
  • Graded Stakes Earnings - list of all contenders ranked in descending order by graded stakes earnings
  • NTRA Three Year Old Poll
  • Kentucky Derby Future Wager - Pool Three, which included a separate pool for the Oaks, closed on April 6th. Get the final odds for all 3 pools plus the Oaks here.
  • Free Past Performances from DRF (updated regularly)
  • Free Past Performances from BRIS and Blood Horse
  • Kentucky Derby $5 Million Pay Day - a free contest from Churchill Downs where you pick the exact order of finish for the full field in the Derby to win. You can make your picks starting April 30th and if you already registered for the Road to the Roses contest, you are registered for this too. NEW!
  • Triple Crown Trivia Quiz - test your knowledge of the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and compete with others.
  • Kentucky Derby Future Wager
  • Triple Crown Late Nominees - 8 additional horses were nominated in the late period
  • Triple Crown Nominees - all 446 horses from the early nominations
  • Experimental Free Handicap - ranks the top 2-year-olds of 2002 and determines who can be a dual qualifier
  • Triple Crown Trail prep race schedule with results updated weekly
  • Injury Report - who is off the trail due to injury
  • Derby Tickets and Seats - how to get them
  • Blood Horse Triple Crown Mania
  • Daily Racing Form Triple Crown Special
  • Thoroughbred Times Triple Crown special
  • Derby News from Churchill Downs
  • Triple Crown Index - the master list with even more info

AtswhatimtalknboutRonald Ellis2.20   
BrancusiPatrick Biancone1.80   
Buddy GilJeff Mullins2.38   
Domestic DisputeBob Baffert1.57   
Empire MakerBobby Frankel1.88   
Funny CideBarclay Tagg1.53   
Indian ExpressBob Baffert2.08   
Lone Star SkyTom Amoss4.60   
Offlee WildT.V. Smith2.78   
Outta HereWilliam Currin2.25   
Peace RulesBobby Frankel4.50   
ScrimshawD. Wayne Lukas3.33   
Sir CherokeeMichael Tomlinson2.11   
Supah BlitzManny Tortora5.67   
Ten Cents a ShineD. Wayne Lukas3.00   
Ten Most WantedWally Dollase3.00   
Hold That TigerAidan O'Brien3.67 *
Ministers Wild CatNeil Drysdale2.00   
Senor SwingerBob Baffert1.15   
AlysweepPatrick Reynolds2.27   
Badge of SilverRonny Werner1.91   
ChampaliGreg Foley6.33   
Composure (f)Bob Baffert2.14 *
Fund of FundsRichard Violette1.08   
InamoratoSaeed bin Suroor6.00   
Indy DancerTodd Pletcher3.00   
KafwainBob Baffert3.00 *
Lion TamerTodd Pletcher3.00   
Listen IndyRichard Mandella2.16 *
Man Among MenGary Mandella0.85   
Midas EyesBobby Frankel2.33   
Most FearedRonny Werner1.60   
New York HeroJennifer Pedersen3.80   
Nothing To LoseD. Wayne Lukas1.08   
Ocean TerraceRobert Hess Jr.1.53   
Powerful TouchKen McPeek2.38   
Region of MeritChristophe Clement3.33   
RobledoVladimir Cerin1.61   
Rojo ToroBob Baffert2.38   
Saintly LookDallas Stewart1.00   
Sky MesaJohn Ward2.08 *
ToccetJohn Scanlan2.50 *
Trust N LuckRalph Ziade1.46   
VindicationBob Baffert1.86 *
WhywhywhyPatrick Biancone5.00   

2003 NTRA Three Year Old Poll - 04/28/03 HORSE A-S STS-1-2-3 PTS PVS PROBABLE NEXT START 1. Empire Maker (16) 3-C 3-2-1-0 168 1 5/3 Kentucky Derby 2. Peace Rules 3-C 2-2-0-0 126 2 5/3 Kentucky Derby 3. Buddy Gil 3-G 4-3-0-0 116 3 5/3 Kentucky Derby 4. Ten Most Wanted (1) 3-C 4-2-0-1 113 4 5/3 Kentucky Derby 5. Atswhatimtalknbout 3-C 5-2-1-1 61 7 5/3 Kentucky Derby 6. Funny Cide 3-G 3-0-2-0 56 5 5/3 Kentucky Derby 7. Kafwain 3-C 3-1-0-1 51 6 5/3 Kentucky Derby 8. Indian Express 3-C 2-0-1-0 45 9 5/3 Kentucky Derby 9. Brancusi 3-C 3-1-1-1 37 8 5/3 Kentucky Derby 10. Scrimshaw 3-C 3-1-0-1 36 - 5/3 Kentucky Derby A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare
Other Horses Receiving Votes: Sir Cherokee-29, Midas Eyes-24, Ellolue-18, Dynever-15, Offlee Wild-10, Storm Flag Flying-7, Lady Take Charge-6, New York Hero-5, Trust N Luck-4, Chief Planner-4, Santa Catarina-3, Danuta-1

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