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2003 Kentucky Derby Contenders Graded Stake Earnings

Updated: 04/29/2003

The Kentucky Derby preps are over now, so it is time to take a look at the graded stakes earnings for the top contenders. If more than 20 horses enter the Kentucky Derby, the top 20 by graded stakes earnings are the ones who get in the field, so this can be very important for some lightly raced contenders. Below is a list of the current top contenders ranked in descending order by graded stakes earnings. Each horse has a link to his profile for more details and a blue line follows the 20th horse. Updated to include the earnings through 4/20. Although 21 horses are currently listed, several are highly unlikely to enter with a field of 18 currently expected now that Kafwain is out.

Empire MakerBobby Frankel1.88   Jerry Bailey$1,072,000
Peace RulesBobby Frankel4.50   Edgar Prado$1,035,000
Buddy GilJeff Mullins2.38   Gary Stevens$668,730
Hold That TigerAidan O'Brien3.67 *Kieren Fallon$388,651
Lone Star SkyTom Amoss4.60   Shane Sellers$343,935
Ten Most WantedWally Dollase3.00   Pat Day$330,000
Sir CherokeeMichael Tomlinson2.11   Terry Thompson$311,560
Funny CideBarclay Tagg1.53   Jose Santos$303,000
ScrimshawD. Wayne Lukas3.33   Cornelio Velasquez$252,479
Domestic DisputePatrick Gallagher1.57   Alex Solis$227,667
BrancusiPatrick Biancone1.80   Tony Farina$180,000
Outta HereWilliam Currin2.25   Kent Desormeaux$168,660
Indian ExpressBob Baffert2.08   Tyler Baze$150,000
Offlee WildT.V. Smith2.78   Robby Albarado$147,000
Supah BlitzManny Tortora5.67   Rosemary Homeister$133,500
Most FearedRonny Werner1.60   Mark Guidry$113,120
Ocean TerraceRobert Hess Jr.1.53   Kent Desormeaux$110,000
AtswhatimtalknboutRonald Ellis2.20   David Flores$95,000
Saintly LookDallas Stewart1.00   Shane Sellers$79,500
Ministers Wild CatNeil Drysdale2.00   Victor Espinoza$50,910
Ten Cents a ShineD. Wayne Lukas3.00   Calvin Borel$46,240
*  Dual Qualifier

Triple Crown quick links:

  • Kentucky Derby Entries - with photos, profiles, and more NEW!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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

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