04/26/2012 2:19PM

Kentucky Derby: Top-five contenders and other statistics

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Analysts' top-five Derby contenders

  Mike Watchmaker Dave Litfin Marcus Hersh Mike Welsch Dan Illman
1. Dullahan Creative Cause Creative Cause Union Rags Bodemeister
2. Creative Cause Union Rags I'll Have Another Daddy Nose Best Gemologist
3. Hansen Daddy Nose Best El Padrino Gemologist Dullahan
4. Union Rags Bodemeister Union Rags Dullahan Union Rags
5. Bodemeister El Padrino Hansen Bodemeister Daddy Long Legs

  Steve Klein Mary Rampellini Byron King Brad Free
1. Bodemeister Union Rags Bodemeister I'll Have Another
2. Gemologist Hansen Gemologist Creative Cause
3. Union Rags Gemologist Creative Cause Union Rags
4. Creative Cause Bodemeister Union Rags Daddy Long Legs
5. Alpha Creative Cause Hansen El Padrino

*All top fives as of Wednesday, April 25


Undefeated starters

Gemologist will try to become the eighth undefeated winner of the Kentucky Derby

Year Horse Pre-Derby record Derby finish
2008 Big Brown 3-0 1st
2007 Curlin 3-0 3rd
2006 Barbaro 5-0 1st
2006 Showing Up 3-0 6th
2004 Smarty Jones 6-0 1st
2000 Trippi 4-0 11th
2000 China Visit 2-0 6th
1998 Indian Charlie 4-0 3rd
1990 Mister Frisky 16-0 8th
1988 Private Terms 7-0 9th
1982 Air Forbes Won 4-0 7th
1978 Sensitive Prince 6-0 6th
1977 Seattle Slew 6-0 1st
1969 Majestic Prince 7-0 1st
1963 No Robbery 5-0 5th
1963 Candy Spots 6-0 3rd
1953 Native Dancer 11-0 2nd
1948 Coaltown 4-0 2nd
1940 Bimelech 8-0 2nd
1922 Morvich 11-0 1st
1916 Thunderer 3-0 5th
1915 Regret 3-0 1st


Derby runners who did not start at 2 (1937-2011)

Bodemeister will try to become the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without having a start as a 2-year-old.

Year Horse Finish   Year Horse Finish
2011 Midnight Interlude 16th   1979 Great Redeemer 10th
2009 Summer Bird 6th   1978 Chief of Dixieland 9th
2009 Dunkirk 11th   1977 Best Person 15th
2007 Curlin 3rd   1977 Affiliate 9th
2006 Showing Up 6th   1976 On the Sly 5th
2005 Greeley's Galaxy 11th   1976 Amano 4th
2004 Song of the Sword 11th   1975 Media 5th
2003 Atswhatimtalknbout 4th   1975 Bold Chapeau 8th
2000 Wheelaway 5th   1974 Confederate Yankee 12tj
2000 Trippi 11th   1974 Agitate 3rd
2000 Curule 7th   1973 Twice a Prince 12th
1999 Valhol 15th   1973 Forego 4th
1999 Desert Hero 13th   1972 Kentuckian 10th
1997 Pulpit 4th   1972 Dr. Neale 15th
1994 Strodes Creek 2nd   1972 Big Spruce 7th
1992 Disposal 18th   1971 Fourulla 19th
1992 Devil His Due 12th   1968 Gleaming Sword 13th
1991 Corporate Report 9th   1959 Our Dad 15th
1991 Alydavid 14th   1958 Gone Fishin' 8th
1990 Pendleton Ridge 13th   1956 No Regrets 7th
1986 Zabaleta 12th   1951 Golden Birch 19th
1986 Wheatly Hall 6th   1951 Fanfare 5th
1985 Irish Fighter 11th   1948 Coaltown 2nd
1984 Majestic Shore DNF   1946 Rippey 10th
1982 Wavering Monarch 12th   1946 Perfect Bahram 9th
1982 Reinvested 3rd   1946 Hampden 3rd
1982 Air Forbes Won 7th   1945 Bert G. 14th
1981 Flying Nashua 8th   1944 Comenow 12th


Derby winners: Beyers

Year Horse Pre-Derby top Beyer Final prep Beyer Derby Beyer
2011 Animal Kingdom 94 94 103
2010 Super Saver 98 98 104
2009 Mine That Bird 81 80 105
2008 Big Brown 106 106 109
2007 Street Sense 108 93 110
2006 Barbaro 103 103 111
2005 Giacomo 98 95 100
2004 Smarty Jones 112 109 107
2003 Funny Cide 110 110 109
2002 War Emblem 112 112 114
2001 Monarchos 105 103 110
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 111 111 108
1999 Charismatic 108 108 108
1998 Real Quiet 108 107 107
1997 Silver Charm 110 110 115
1996 Grindstone 102 100 112
1995 Thunder Gulch 105 101 108
1994 Go For Gin 107 107 112
1993 Sea Hero 99 91 105
1992 Lil E. Tee 107 107 107