2012 Kentucky Derby: Field Rounds Into Shape

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen leads all three-year-olds in graded stakes earnings.

The prep races are over and the final two weeks of preparation for the 2012 Kentucky Derby is underway. The graded stakes earnings are, for all intents and purposes, set; any horse outside the top 20 will need one of the other horses to drop out of the race in order to secure a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Currently, El Padrino looks like he will be the last horse into the Kentucky Derby field (assuming no defections), while Isn't He Clever is sitting on the bubble in position #21.

The Kentucky Derby does allow for Alternate Entries ("AE"), so it's likely we'll see a couple of colts attempt to draw in via that route.

I'll have more on the Derby over the next few days, but for now, let's just take a look at the probable field. Below is the current graded earnings list from KentuckyDerby.com.

Rank Horse Graded Earnings Trainer
1 Hansen $1,550,000 Mike Maker
2 Daddy Long Legs $1,294,030 Aidan O’Brien
3 Union Rags $1,170,000 Michael Matz
4 Dullahan $855,000 Dale Romans
5 Creative Cause $836,000 Mike Harrington
6 Gemologist $703,855 Todd Pletcher
7 Sabercat $701,429 Steve Asmussen
8 Take Charge Indy $698,400 Pat Byrne
9 Bodemeister $660,000 Bob Baffert
10 I’ll Have Another $601,000 Doug O’Neill
11 Daddy Nose Best $545,558 Steve Asmussen
12 Liaison $393,000 Bob Baffert
13 Alpha $380,000 Kiaran McLaughlin
14 Prospective $367,327 Mark Casse
15 Trinniberg $324,500 Bisnath Parboo
16 Done Talking $311,000 Hamilton Smith
17 Went the Day Well $282,000 Graham Motion
18 Rousing Sermon $270,000 Jerry Hollendorfer
19 Mark Valeski $260,000 Larry Jones
20 El Padrino $250,000 Todd Pletcher
21 Isn’t He Clever $191,333 Henry Dominguez
22 Optimizer $184,708 D. Wayne Lukas
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