2012 Kentucky Derby Graded Earnings

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs is Saturday, May 5, and graded earnings will determine the twenty horses that make it to the starting gate.

Last year is took $120,000 to guarantee a starting spot in the gate at Churchill Downs, and it appears likely that number will be higher this year as several of the top Derby preps have increased purses.

Here is a list of the last horse to earn a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby over the past six years.
2011: Derby Kitten: $120,000
2010: Make Music for Me: $218,750
2009: Nowhere to Hide: $55,500
2008: Denis of Cork: $165,000
2007: Imawildandcrazyguy: $104,000
2006: Flashy Bull: $109,000

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Here are the current graded stakes earnings through April 20:

Post Horse Trainer Earnings
1 Hansen Michael Maker 1,550,000.00
2 Daddy Long Legs Aidan O’Brien 1,294,030.00
3 Union Rags Michael Matz 1,170,000.00
4 Dullahan Dale Romans 855,000.00
5 Creative Cause Mike Harrington 836,000.00
6 Wrote (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 756,630.00
7 Gemologist Todd Pletcher 703,855.00
8 Sabercat Steve Asmussen 701,429.00
9 Take Charge Indy Patrick Byrne 698,400.00
10 Secret Circle Bob Baffert 670,000.00
11 Bodemeister Bob Baffert 660,000.00
12 Hero of Order* Gennadi Dorochenko 617,375.00
13 I’ll Have Another Doug O’Neill 601,000.00
14 Daddy Nose Best Steve Asmussen 545,588.00
15 Liaison Bob Baffert 393,000.00
16 Alpha Kiaran McLaughlin 380,000.00
17 Prospective Mark Casse 367,327.00
18 Trinninberg Bisnath Parboo 324,000.00
19 Done Talking Hamilton Smith 311,000.00
20 Went the Day Well Graham Motion 282,000.00
21 Rousing Sermon Jerry Hollendorfer 270,000.00
22 Mark Valeski Larry Jones 260,000.00
23 El Padrino Todd Pletcher 250,000.00
24 Reveron Agustin Bezara 220,000.00
25 Isn’t He Clever Henry Dominguez 188,000.00
26 Optimizer D. Wayne Lukas 184,000.00
27 Castaway Bob Baffert 162,000.00
28 Currency Swap Kelly Breen 150,000.00
29 My Adonis James Cassidy 140,000.00
30 Brother Francis Eddie Kenneally 135,000.00

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