Derby Contenders

Prep Race History

Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 1 2004 130th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 Mile 4 N/A


Todd Pletcher


Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

José Santos


A native of Chile, Santos followed in the footsteps of his father as a jockey.  Winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard Funny Cide, Santos lead the nation as top jockey four times from 1986-89. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, Santos won seven Breeders' Cup races, and all three American Classics.  He was awarded the 1988 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey and the 1999 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Other notable mounts include: Manila, Cheif Bearhart, Gulch, Fly So Free, Meadow Star, Criminal Type, Lemon Drop Kid and Fleet Indian.

Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell)


Dogwood Stable was founded in Aiken, South Carolina in 1973 by Cot Campbell to allow people to participate in the racing world at an affordable cost. Dogwood Stables has had more than 75 stakes winners, six Kentucky Derby appearances, a Preakness winner with Summer Squall, six runners that were millionaires, and a Breeders’ Cup victory in 1996 with Storm Song. Dogwood Stables has won two Eclipse Awards with Inlander for Champion Steeplechase and with Storm Song as Outstanding Juvenile Filly. Top horses that have raced under Dogwood Stables banner include: Limehouse, Cotton Blossom, Trippi, and Smoke’n Frolic.

Cheryl Curtin



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