Right now my list shows 8 Kentucky Derby contenders who are finished
prepping and awaiting the first Saturday in May with $200,000 or more
in graded stakes earnings, and another 7 with a final prep to go and
already who have topped $200,000. With 6 slots available between now
and Derby Day worth $200,000 or more each (Arkansas Derby 1-2
finishers, as well as the winners of the Wood, Blue Grass, Santa Anita
Derby and Illinois Derby), it's looking quite possible you'll need a
record $200,000 or more in graded earnings to make the gate.