The Kentucky Derby is easily Thoroughbred racing’s most public event. Over 100,000 spectators attend the Derby at Churchill downs while millions more watch on television. Last year, the second place horse, Eight Belles, broke down and was euthanized on the track immediately following the race. This occurred only a few months after the 2006 Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after a long struggle with injuries sustained during the Preakness Stakes.
The industry is beginning to take steps toward accountability for the horses that are a part of it, but reform is often slow in the tradition-drenched horse racing world.
There are 20 contenders racing for the roses in this year’s Derby. For more information visit kentuckyderby.com.
|West Side Bernie||Kelly Breen||Stewart Elliott||George & Lori Hall|
|Musket Man||Derek Ryan||Eibar Coa||Eric Fein & Vic Carlson|
|Mr. Hot Stuff||Eoin Harty||John Velazquez||WinStar Farm LLC|
|Advice||Todd Pletcher||Rene Douglas||WinStar Farm LLC|
|Hold Me Back||Bill Mott||Kent Desormeaux||WinStar Farm LLC|
|Friesan Fire||Larry Jones||Gabriel Saez||Fox Hill Farms and Vinery Stables|
|Papa Clem||Gary Stute||Rafael Bejarano||Bo Hirsch|
|Mine That Bird||Bennie Woolley Jr.||Calvin Borel||Double Eagle Ranch & Bueno Suerte Equine|
|Join in the Dance||Todd Pletcher||Chris DeCarlo||Jake Ballis, Rashard Lewis, Reagan Swinbank, Reed Ballis & William Swinbank|
|Regal Ransom||Saeed bin Suroor||Alan Garcia||Godolphin|
|Chocolate Candy||Jerry Hollendorfer||Mike Smith||Sid & Jenny Craig Trust|
|General Quarters||Thomas R. McCarthy||Julien Leparoux||Thomas R. McCarthy|
|I Want Revenge||Jeff Mullins||Joe Talamo||David J. Lanzman & IEAH Stables, Puglisi Racing, Charles Winner|
|Atomic Rain||Kelly Breen||Joe Bravo||George & Lori Hall|
|Dunkirk||Todd Pletcher||Edgar Prado||Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith|
|Pioneerof the Nile||Bob Baffert||Garrett Gomez||Zayat Stables, LLC|
|Summer Bird||Tim Ice||Chris Rosier||Drs. Kalarikkal K. & Vilasini D. Jayaraman|
|Nowhere to Hide||Nick Zito||Shaun Bridgmohan||My Meadowview Farm|
|Desert Party||Saeed bin Suroor||Ramon Dominguez||Godolphin|
|Flying Private||D. Wayne Lukas||Robby Albarado||Grand Slam Farm|