Updated on 07/20/2012 9:29AM

2012 Kentucky Derby contenders ranked by graded stakes earnings

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List of contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs, ranked by graded stakes earnings. The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 horses; if more than 20 enter, the entries are determined by the amount of graded stakes earnings each horse has accumulated.

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2012 Kentucky Derby contenders ranked by graded stakes earnings

Rank Horse Trainer Earnings
1 Hansen Michael Maker $1,550,000
2 Daddy Long Legs Aidan O'Brien $1,294,030
3 Union Rags Michael Matz $1,170,000
4 Dullahan Dale Romans $855,000
5 Creative Cause Mike Harrington $836,000
6 Gemologist Todd Pletcher $703,855
7 Sabercat Steve Asmussen $701,429
8 Take Charge Indy Patrick Byrne $698,400
9 Bodemeister Bob Baffert $660,000
10 I'll Have Another Doug O'Neill $601,000
11 Daddy Nose Best Steve Asmussen $545,558
12 Liaison Bob Baffert $393,000
13 Alpha Kiaran McLaughlin $380,000
14 Prospective Mark Casse $367,327
15 Trinniberg Bisnath Parboo $324,500
16 Done Talking Hamilton Smith $311,000
17 Went the Day Well Graham Motion $282,000
18 Rousing Sermon Jerry Hollendorfer $270,000
19 El Padrino Todd Pletcher $250,000
20 Optimizer D. Wayne Lukas $184,708
21 Castaway Bob Baffert $162,000
22 Currency Swap Teresa Pompay $150,000
22 The Lumber Guy Michael Hushion $150,000
24 Hierro Steve Asmussen $141,886
25 My Adonis Kelly Breen $140,000
26 Brother Francis James Cassidy $135,000
27 All Squared Away* Wesley Ward $129,400
28 Battle Hardened Eddie Kenneally $127,000
29 Genten Yoshito Yahagi $123,826
30 Stirred Up Bob Baffert $116,000

* Not nominated to Triple Crown. Would require $200,000 supplement and could not get into the Derby field ahead of any original or late nominee.

Michael Randolph More than 1 year ago
I'am going to Box: Hansen, Bodemeister,Gemologist,Daddy Nose Best, Daddy Long Legs. for $1 in a tri,= $120.
Cecil Butler More than 1 year ago
The best play is: BODEMEITER-UNION RAGS-CREATIVE CAUSE- I'LL HAVE ANOTHER IN THAT ORDER-It wouldn't hurt to win
Harold Butler More than 1 year ago
I 'm quite the creative guy who hopes to go from rags to riches, I enjoy playing poker, and believe in gettin' er done. Therefore, My KD picks are Creative Cause, Union Rags, Dullahan, and if I like feel like a Superfecta, then I'll use the best drop from the sky horse......Done Talking
Thor Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
The Kentucky derby will be a hard fought race if the track conditions are dry and normal. More then likely the race in the front after about a mile into the race will be between hansen and take charge indy. These two horses can easily go the distance but they will have to hold on during the final furlong at Dullanhan and Union Rags and creative cause. On the other hand, if the race track is wet, just play hansen all the way. He will probably win the race by five lenghts or more in a wet track agains this horses. This could be a similar race to the one went Point given took charge of teh race few years ago from the middle of teh race to the end to win easily. Hansen is capable to do just that. He is being losing a couple of races but he fought hard all the way down to the wire, indicating that he still a great contender. Especially because the closes time to a record of the track at 1 and 1/8 of a mile was performed by dullanhan and hansen. They were only 1.5 seconds of the record of the track, while all other horses the best they can do is 2 seconds or worse of the track record at teh mile and 1/8. This means that they must really run the final furlong without any issues in order to have a change at catching hansen and dullanhan. My pick to win the Derby is Hansen first, Dullanham second, Union Rags third, Creative Cause four, and Bodemeister fifth. The rest of the horses are still unproven horses because neither one of them hav e run their races closed to a record pace for their distances. So they have a lot of work to do. For example, Gemologist and Alpha were 3.5 seconds of the the track record. I will have another was 2.6 second of the track record. Daddy long legs was 2.05 seconds of the track record. So looking at teh odds for any horse coming from behind to win this years kentucky derby is too hard considering that there will be twenty horses on the race and many issues going on for all the horses trying to come from behind. I think that Hansen wil steal this race from the beggining to the end.
Bolos Mansur More than 1 year ago
news flash thor, point given didn't win the derby, manarchos did..
Michael Bockhorst More than 1 year ago
It's my opinion that Hansen can't get the distance wet or dry. He's a great horse up to a mile. A wet track might help to extend his distance a little but I feel like 12 furlongs is just too much. I'll be shocked if he's in the money.
Joan Karg More than 1 year ago
If the sprinters set the pace this race could go to a long shot. A couple have turned the 1/4 in 22+,,,pretty quick
Anthony LoCoco More than 1 year ago
Watch union Rags with Julien Leparoux-Julien owns the Kentucky circuit.
Anthony LoCoco More than 1 year ago
Watch Union Rags with Julien Leparoux.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Hey everyone, love to read all your comments concerning the Derby NOW READ THIS Alpha boys and girls , the horses name is Alpha Ramon , love you as a money jock, but people, when you get injured like Ramon did with his shoulder, you are NOT 100 percent rideing horses for a while, Ramon was hurting riding Alpha in the Wood , no doubt about it. Great, let Ramon ride Hansen, you will give Alpha a better shot winning with Alan Garcia if his connections decide to use him, which personally its a no brainer. Take all day long, Alpha all with All Alpha at a price. That little horse is getting no respect, none. ALPHA PROSPECTIVE\ DADDY KNOWS BEST SABERCAT and if it is an off track, throw UNION RAGS in the mix and your life will change $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Mark Kuzelka More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister is the only horse with 3 triple digit beyers. Only 3 other horses have 1 triple digit beyer. I think you guys are missing something here. Throw on Smith, who always gives his horse a chance and keeps them in the clear...watch out!
Jose Dejesus More than 1 year ago
GEMOLOGIST ----UNION RAGS----DALLAHAN---CREATIVE CAUSES---- BODEMEITER IN THAT ORDER....I THINK THAT BODEMEISTER COULD HANG ON FOR THIRD...GOOD LUCK TO ALL.
Raymond Clark More than 1 year ago
Hi everyone peace to all