Twenty aspiring three-year-olds await their date with destiny in Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). Making it to America’s iconic race, the “greatest two minutes in sports,” is the culmination of a journey that began in the hopes and dreams of babyhood.

We’ve chronicled the backgrounds of these contenders as the trail unfolded through the spring, right up to Derby Week itself. Now all of their “Tales from the Crib” are collected here.

To make it a little more interesting, their identities are not revealed on this page, just their foal or yearling (or occasional two-year-old) pictures, and a descriptive hint to accompany the story link.

Now, can you guess these Derby 144 contenders? Feel free to peek at the link!


Unbeaten colt rose to the top of the points leaderboard (Dell Hancock photo)

Magnum Moon as a foal

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Champion looks to cast a winning spell (Stonestreet Farms photo)

 

Good Magic as a foal

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New York-bred has made noise (Ferran Robinson photo)

 

Audible as a foal

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Aristocrat may be overlooked (WinStar Farm photo)Noble Indy as a foal

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Mellow type is improving over time (Glennwood Farm photo)

 

Vino Rosso as a newborn in the straw

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Classy performer is no flash in the pan (WinStar Farm photo)

 

Bolt d'Oro as a foal

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Blueblood has alluring pedigree (Godolphin photo)

 

Enticed as a yearling

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Well-related globetrotter aims to compose a classic victory (Clarkland Farm photo)Mendelssohn with dam Leslie's Lady

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Undefeated colt bids to vindicate his lofty reputation (Glennwood Farm photo)

 

Justify as a newborn just standing up

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Versatile Ontario-bred thrives in the heat of competition (Laura Richard/Taylor Made photo)

 

Flameaway as a newly turned yearling

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Grinder may make it a little wise to include him (Ryann Ball photo)

 

Solomini at birth in the straw

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Well-connected colt has an awesome sire (Lucas Marquardt photo)

 

Bravazo as a two-year-old in training

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Hardy runner is proficient in all trades (Airdrie Stud photo)My Boy Jack as a weanling

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Speedy type keeps his word to go forward early (Matt Goins/Select Sales photo)

 

Promises Fulfilled as a Keeneland September yearling

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Genuine colt looks for a birdie, eagle, or even a hole in one (Middlebrook Farm photo)Free Drop Billy as a newborn

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Late runner hopes for fair winds and following seas down the stretch (Middlebrook Farm photo)

 

Lone Sailor as a yearling

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Up-and-comer may turn out to be imperious (Juddmonte Farms photo)Hofburg as a weanling

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Florida-bred lit up New York at two (Ron Lombardi photo)

Firenze Fire as a two-year-old in the barn

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Deep closer is battle-tested (Blandford Stud photo)Combatant as a yearling 

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Well-bred colt aims to recover initially high opinions (KatieRich Farms photo)Instilled Regard as a youngster

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Thanks to all of the breeders, farms, owners, horsemen, and photographers for their invaluable help in telling the stories of the Derby 144 runners!