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2000 Kentucky Derby Prospects

Updated: 5/3/00

Kentucky Derby Results and Photos - Fusaichi Pegasus wins!

Here you will find photos of and links to info about all the current top Derby prospects. This list will be updated frequently until post positions are drawn for the Derby when I will change it to the actual entries. You may wish to refer to my full list of Triple Crown 2000 links for more information or use this short list of some of the most popular topics:

If you want to voice your opinion on who will win, check out the Kentucky Derby Poll which was just updated to start over with the actual entries.

2000 NTRA National 3 Year Old Poll - 4/30/00

    HORSE                AGE SEX   STARTS  1-2-3  PTS PVS
 1. Fusaichi Pegasus (17) 3  Colt     4    4-0-0  223  1 
 2. The Deputy (6)        3  Colt     4    3-1-0  206  2 
 3. High Yield            3  Colt     4    2-2-0  162  3 
 4. War Chant             3  Colt     3    2-1-0  142  4 
 5. More Than Ready       3  Colt     3    1-2-0  108  5 
 6. Red Bullet            3  Colt     4    3-1-0   83  6 
 7. Anees                 3  Colt     2    0-0-1   71  8 
 8. Aptitude              3  Colt     3    1-1-1   66  7 
 9. Captain Steve         3  Colt     3    0-0-3   60  9 
10. Trippi                3  Colt     4    4-0-0   29 10 
Note: Dosage info provided is the dosage profile, dosage index, and center of distribution. Dual qualifiers are noted.


Trainer:   Alex Hassinger
Jockey:   Corey Nakatani
Foaling Date:   2-5-97
Dosage Info:   9-10-19-0-6   1.84   0.36 (dual qualifier)
Notes: Is he ready to overcome the Breeders' Cup jinx? I wish he had at least one more prep race before the Derby.


Trainer:   Robert Frankel
Jockey:   Alex Solis
Foaling Date:   3-27-97
Dosage Info:   10-5-19-0-0   2.58   0.74
Notes: A lot of potential but not enough seasoning.

Captain Steve

Trainer:   Bob Baffert
Jockey:   Robby Albarado
Foaling Date:   3-1-97
Dosage Info:   4-5-7-0-0   3.57   0.81 (dual qualifier)
Notes: Training well and hasn't run badly but can he win?

China Visit

Trainer:   Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey:   Frankie Dettori
Foaling Date:   3-18-97
Dosage Info:   7-5-18-0-0   2.33   0.63
Notes: I wish he had a prep in the US so I could gauge him better.


Trainer:   D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey:   Uncertain
Foaling Date:   4-13-97
Dosage Info:   17-11-14-0-0   5.00   1.07
Notes: His connections are about all he has going for him.


Trainer:   Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey:   Marlon St. Julien
Foaling Date:   3-8-97
Dosage Info:   5-4-12-2-3   1.36   0.23
Notes: Another one coming from Dubai trial races.

Deputy Warlock

Trainer:   Kenneth McPeek
Jockey:   Mark Guidry
Foaling Date:   1-27-97
Dosage Info:   10-2-7-0-1   3.44   1.00
Notes: Shows late runs and is training well but doesn't seem to ever catch the leaders.

Exchange Rate

Trainer:   D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey:   Calvin Borel
Foaling Date:   4-3-97
Dosage Info:   9-12-20-1-0   2.82   0.69 (dual qualifier)
Notes: Has been dull in his last two starts and I can't understand why they still want to try him in the Derby.

Fusaichi Pegasus

Trainer:   Neil Drysdale
Jockey:   Kent Desormeaux
Foaling Date:   4-12-97
Dosage Info:   22-10-24-0-0   3.67   0.96
Notes: Seems to be as good as his hype but can he overcome the favorite jinx?


Trainer:   Jerry Hollendorfer
Jockey:   Mike Smith
Foaling Date:   2-6-97
Dosage Info:   4-5-9-0-0   3.00   0.72
Notes: Tries hard but seems to be more in the second tier.

Graeme Hall

Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   Shane Sellers
Foaling Date:   2-15-97
Dosage Info:   7-4-7-0-0   4.14   1.00
Notes: Nice colt but is he up to this level of competition?

Hal's Hope

Trainer:   Harold Rose
Jockey:   Roger Velez
Foaling Date:   3-23-97
Dosage Info:   7-5-12-6-0   1.50   0.43
Notes: Major contender if you can toss out his Blue Grass but does need to learn to rate.

High Yield

Trainer:   D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey:   Pat Day
Foaling Date:   3-30-97
Dosage Info:   8-3-11-3-1   1.74   0.54 (dual qualifier)
Notes: Lukas' main hope and a really nice horse who could go all the way.


Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   Craig Perret
Foaling Date:   4-23-97
Dosage Info:   4-0-8-2-0   1.33   0.43
Notes: Pletcher's 4th Derby horse looks overmatched.

More Than Ready

Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   John Velazquez
Foaling Date:   4-4-97
Dosage Info:   11-1-14-2-0   2.11   0.75 (dual qualifier)
Notes: His pedigree says he can go 10 furlongs but he will have to prove he can do it.


Trainer:   Vladimir Cerin
Jockey:   Brice Blanc
Foaling Date:   2-25-97
Dosage Info:   7-9-9-0-1   3.73   0.81
Notes: All I can do is wonder why they even bothered to enter him. Totally outclassed.

The Deputy (IRE) Trainer:   Jenine Sahadi
Jockey:   Chris McCarron
Foaling Date:   3-29-97
Dosage Info:   1-0-2-1-0   1.00   0.25
Notes: Major contender who could win it all.


Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   Jorge Chavez
Foaling Date:   3-16-97
Dosage Info:   9-2-6-0-1   3.50   1.00
Notes: Undefeated but very lightly raced colt will be caugtht in a speed duel here.

War Chant

Trainer:   Neil Drysdale
Jockey:   Jerry Bailey
Foaling Date:   5-22-97
Dosage Info:   9-12-22-1-0   2.67   0.66
Notes: Drysdale's other contender may be too lightly raced to handle the Derby traffic.


Trainer:   John Kimmel
Jockey:   Richard Migliore
Foaling Date:   3-2-97
Dosage Info:   8-11-11-0-6   2.13   0.42
Notes: On the improve and made a good closing move in the Blue Grass.

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All photos by the author except Fusaichi Pegasus courtesy of Patty Yount.

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