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2009 Kentucky Derby Entries


Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith have some last minute discussion before selecting post 11 for Chocolate Candy.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
April 29, 2009

On Wednesday afternoon, the post positions were selected for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, to be held Saturday May 2, 2009, at Churchill Downs. Selection order for the field of 20 was determined by random draw in the morning and then the connections made their post position selections Wednesday afternoon at a special ceremony.

Even with four scratches announced so far this week, again a maximum field of 20 three-year-olds will go in the Run for the Roses. Churchill Downs morning line handicapper Mike Battaglia named Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge as the 3-1 favorite out of the 13 post. Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile, out of post 16, and Florida Derby runner-up Dunkirk, to his inside in post 15, are both at 4-1. Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire, listed at 5-1 out of the 6 hole, is the only other horse at single digits on the morning line, with the balance of the field at 15-1 or higher. Six horses were listed at the longest odds of 50-1.

Jeff Mullins, trainer of favorite I Want Revenge, said, "(The owners) do all the handicapping and I worry about the horse, but I think their goal was to keep all the speed inside of us. So I think we're pretty satisfied with (post 13). I think we'll be fairly close to the pace, tracking the leaders. It's nice to have the favorite because they are giving us respect. I didn't want to come back here again unless I had a good horse."

The Kentucky Derby will be televised on NBC from 4-7:00pm EDT but you can watch most of the Derby card on ESPN from 1-5pm on ESPN. Free past performances will be available from DRF soon. Post time for the Derby should be at 6:04pm EDT.

Update: Unfortunately I Want Revenge scratched the morning of the Derby (announced at 9am) with a sore ankle. Details in his profile.

Below is a table with the entries in post position order with morning line odds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. The dual qualifiers are noted with a star by their dosage index.

Triple Crown quick links:

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
1West Side Bernie *Kelly Breen 1.80 Stewart Elliott30-1
2Musket ManDerek Ryan 4.00 Eibar Coa20-1
3Mr. Hot StuffEoin Harty 2.11 John Velazquez30-1
4AdviceTodd Pletcher 3.80 Rene Douglas30-1
5Hold Me BackBill Mott 3.44 Kent Desormeaux15-1
6Friesan FireLarry Jones 3.00 Gabriel Saez5-1
7Papa ClemGary Stute3.36 Rafael Bejarano20-1
8Mine That BirdBennie Woolley 5.40 Calvin Borel50-1
9Join in the DanceTodd Pletcher 2.00 Chris DeCarlo50-1
10Regal RansomSaeed bin Suroor 2.00 Alan Garcia30-1
11Chocolate Candy *Jerry Hollendorfer 2.08 Mike Smith20-1
12General QuartersMark Miller 2.69 Julien Leparoux20-1
13I Want Revenge *Jeff Mullins 3.00 Joe Talamoscratched
14Atomic RainKelly Breen 3.40 Joe Bravo50-1
15DunkirkTodd Pletcher 3.00 Edgar Prado4-1
16Pioneerof The Nile *Bob Baffert 3.89 Garrett Gomez4-1
17Summer BirdTim Ice 2.11 Chris Rosier50-1
18Nowhere to HideNick Zito 2.33 Shaun Bridgmohan50-1
19Desert PartySaeed bin Suroor 3.80 Ramon Dominguez15-1
20Flying PrivateD. Wayne Lukas 3.67 Robby Albarado50-1

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