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Kentucky Derby 2009 action could be as close as at any time in the history of Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby 2009 handicappers have a field that will make a "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs that is as even as any in memory.


I Want Revenge was the early chalk for the Kentucky Derby 2009. I Want Revenge will enter Churchill Downs with 2 wins in 2009 in the prestigious Wood Memorial and the Gotham, both having taken place at Aqueduct. I Want Revenge enters the Kentucky Derby 2009 with trainer Jeff Mullins and jockey Joe Talamo.

Pioneer of the Nile is another Kentucky Derby 2009 favorite. Pioneer of the Nile has 3 wins this year including the prestigious Santa Anita Derby. His other wins this year were also at Santa Anita in the San Felipe and the Robert B. Lewis. Pioneer of the Nile is trained Bob Baffert and will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.

Desert Party is a most interesting entry for Kentucky Derby 2009 action. He is from the famed Godolphin racing organization that is run by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. Ramon Dominguez will ride. Desert Party has 4 wins in 6 career starts.

Quality Road has gotten a lot of attention for Kentucky Derby 2009. He won the prestigious Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and has 3 wins in 4 career starts. Quality Road is ridden by John Velazquez and trained by James Jerkins.

Friesan Fire could be one of the best values for Kentucky Derby 2009. Friesan Fire rode to victory in this year's Louisiana Derby and has 4 career wins in 7 starts. Larry Jones, a sentimental favorite, will train Friesan Fire for Kentucky Derby 2009 and Gabriel Saez will ride.

Dunkirk has plenty of backers and 2 wins in 3 career starts. He finished second in the Florida Derby. Dunkirk is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Edgar Prado.
Chocolate Candy is another strong contender. Chocolate Candy has 4 wins in 9 career starts and finished 2nd in the Santa Anita Derby. He is ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

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