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2008 Kentucky Derby Contenders


The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated May 04, 2008



Here is my ongoing look at some of the top contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008. With less than a week before the Derby, the field is starting to take shape and jockey assignments are being announced. The entries will be drawn and post positions selected on Wednesday, April 30th, so check back that evening for the details. All the preps are over now and the graded stakes earnings list is finalized, so now we only have to wait for decisions. FYI - Proud Spell is not going to the Derby but will be in the Kentucky Oaks and Behindatthebar is waiting until the Preakness.

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. Jockey are starting to commit now, but some are still based on who rode the horse last. The Experimental Free Handicap came out in late January, which told us who the dual qualifiers are. Early Triple Crown nominations closed on January 19 and late nominations closed on March 26, so unless they pay a big supplemental fee only those horses can enter.

Triple Crown quick links:

A * by the dosage indicates a dual qualifier.

AdrianoGraham Motion3.17 Edgar Prado
Anak NakalNick Zito 4.00Rafael Bejarano
Big BrownRichard Dutrow Jr. 1.67 Kent Desormeaux
Big TruckBarclay Tagg 1.40 Javier Castellano
Bob Black JackJames Kasparoff4.33 Richard Migliore
Colonel JohnEoin Harty 2.11 * Corey Nakatani
Cool Coal ManNick Zito 3.00 Julien Leparoux
Court VisionBill Mott 3.67 *Garrett Gomez
Cowboy CalTodd Pletcher 2.60 John Velazquez
Denis of CorkDavid Carroll 1.80 Calvin Borel
Eight BellesLarry Jones2.20 Ramon Dominguez
GayegoPaulo Lobo4.33 Mike Smith
Massive DramaDale Romans2.33 ?
MonbaTodd Pletcher 2.00 Ramon Dominguez
PyroSteve Asmussen 3.73 *Shaun Bridgmohan
RecapturethegloryLouie Roussel III5.00 E.T. Baird
Salute the SargeEric Guillot4.14 Michael Baze
Smooth AirBennie Stutts Jr. 3.00 Manoel Cruz
Tale of EkatiBarclay Tagg 2.00 *Eibar Coa
VisionaireMichael Matz 3.80 Jose Lezcano
Z FortuneSteve Asmussen1.67 Robby Albarado
Z HumorBill Mott2.73 Rene Douglas
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