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2009 Kentucky Derby Contenders


The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated January 20, 2010

2009 Kentucky Derby Entries and Post Positions are here

Here is my ongoing look at some of the top contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009. With only two weeks to go, the major prep races have all been, so now it is just a question of who commits and who drops out. The entries will be drawn and post positions selected on Wednesday, April 29th, so the graded earnings totals to make the Kentucky Derby field are pretty much final now.

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. Jockey assignments starting to firm up and most have a committed rider now. The Experimental Free Handicap is out now so we know who the dual qualifiers are and they are indicated with an asterisk (*) by the horse's name. Early Triple Crown nominations closed on January 24 and were released February 8. Late nominations will close on March 26 and after that a huge supplement fee would have to be paid to enter.

Triple Crown quick links:

AdvicePletcher 3.80 Rene Douglas
[Atomic RainBreen 3.40 Bravo
Chocolate Candy *Hollendorfer 2.08 Smith
Desert Partybin Suroor3.80 Dominguez
DunkirkPletcher3.00 Prado
Flying PrivateLukas 3.67 Albarado
Friesan FireJones 3.00 Saez
General QuartersMcCarthy2.69 Leparoux
Hold Me BackMott 3.44 Desormeaux
I Want Revenge *Mullins 3.00 Talamo
Join in the DancePletcher 2.00 Chris DeCarlo
Mine That BirdWoolley 5.40 Borel
Mr. Hot StuffHarty2.11Velazquez
Musket ManRyan4.00 Coa
Nowhere to HideZito2.33 Bridgmohan
Papa ClemStute3.36 Bejarano
Pioneerof The Nile *Baffert 3.89 Gomez
Regal Ransombin Suroor2.00 Garcia
Summer BirdIce 2.11 Rosier
West Side Bernie *Breen 1.80 Elliott
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