Jockey: Aaron Gryder, 45. In fourth Derby, with latest a 13th on Songandaprayer in 2001. Won 2009 Dubai World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2012. Has won titles at Churchill, Arlington and Aqueduct.
Trainer: Patrick Gallagher, 59. His 2nd Derby starter, with Domestic Dispute 10th in 2003. Brings first maiden starter to Derby since Nationalore in 1998. Says Trojan Nation is a different colt now, thinks he won the Wood.
Owner: Julie Gilbert and Dr. Aaron Sones. Both are UCLA grads, but colt is named after USC mascot in honor of Julie’s late father who was a big fan.
Breeder: Dr. Aaron Sones (Ky.) Street Cry—Storm Song, by Summer Squall.
Foaled: March 17, 2013.
2016: 3 starts, 0-1-2, $203,440.
2015: 3 starts, 0-0-1, $9,850.
Last start: 2nd in Wood Memorial, April 9.
Jockey: Luis Quinonez, 49. First Derby. Was set to ride regularly at Churchill three years ago when he was hurt in a morning spill at the track. Won five straight titles at Canterbury (’95-99). Also won titles at Oaklawn and Lone Star.
Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel, 54. 2nd Derby, with Clever Trevor 13th in 1989. His Gold Medal Dancer upset Untapable in 2015 Azeri Stakes and Caleb’s Posse gave him his sole Breeders’ Cup win in the 2011 Mile.
Owner: “Sonny” Henderson, 78. First Derby. Rebuilt stable after battling leukemia and heart trouble. Been in racing 5 decades.
Breeder: Branch Equine (Ky.). Mineshaft—Uchitel, by Afleet Alex.
Foaled: May 12.
2016: 3 starts, 1-1-0, $527,000.
2015: 5 starts, 2-3-0, $143,032.
Last start: 2nd in Arkansas Derby, April 16.
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr., 23. Father was a jockey. Calls Calvin Borel and John Velazquez role models. Native of Panama got his first win Dec. 2009. Won 2016 spring meet title at Oaklawn by 38-win margin.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen, 50. Won Eclipse in 2008-09. Won Preakness with Curlin (’07) and Rachel Alexandra (’09). His Untapable won Ky. Oaks and Breeders’ Distaff in 2014. His Derby record is 0-1-1 from 13 starters.
Owner: Winstar Farm. Their Super Saver won 2010 Derby. Creator is their first horse trained by Asmussen, mainly because of his touch with Tapit horses.
Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Broodmares (Ky.). Tapit—Morena, by Privately Held.
Foaled: March 30.
2016: 4 starts, 2-2-1, $740,000.
2015: 4 starts, 0-3-0, $143,032.
Last start: First in Arkansas Derby, April 16.
Jockey: Corey Lanerie, 41. Won spring, Sept. and fall meets at Churchill last year when his earnings ranked 15th in U.S. Top rider at 2015 Keeneland fall meet and just missed by a win this spring.
Trainer: Tom Amoss, 54. Two-time leading trainer at Churchill. Top trainer at Fair Grounds 10 times. In 2013, ranked 14th in North America, winning at 31 percent clip. His Mylute was third in 2013 Preakness.
Owner: GMB Racing. Wife of Tom Benson, owner of the Saints and Pelicans, launched a stable in 2014, buying six colts at Keeneland. Racing silks’ colors represent Virgin Mary.
Breeder: Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Farm (Ky.) Uncle Mo—Caroni, by Rubiano.
Foaled: May 6.
2016: 3 starts, 1-0-1, $200,000.
2015: 4 starts, 2-0-2, $91,526.
Last start: 4th in La. Derby, March 26.
Jockey: Florent Geroux, 29. Top apprentice in France in 2005. Came to U.S. in 2008. Won 2011 Illinois Derby then took fall meet at Hawthorne. Has three Breeders’ Cup wins.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen. His Tapiture was 15th in 2014 Derby. $239 million in purse earnings rank 4th all-time.
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm. Industry titans became partners for first time after Ron Winchell became interested in the colt that Three Chimneys was going to auction. Doug Cauthen of Three Chimneys calls it “a win-win for all sides.”
Breeder: Besliu Stables (Ky.). Candy Ride—Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway.
Foaled: March 8.
2016: 2 starts, 2-0-0, $840,000.
2015: 3 starts, 2-0-0, $66,920.
Last start: 1st in La. Derby, March 26.
My Man Sam
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr., 23. Rode Uncle Sigh to 14th in 2014, his Derby debut. In 2014, he won 15 graded stakes. Rode Lady Eli and Stephanie’s Kitten to Breeders’ Cup wins in 2015.
Trainer: Chad Brown, 38. His Normandy Invasion was 4th in 2013 Derby. Has won 7 Breeders’ Cup races. Learned trade under Shug McGaughey before working for Bobby Frankel. Went out on own in 2007.
Owner: Sheep Pond Partners. Jay Hanley, Solomon Kumin and two silent partners race a handful of runners. Won 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with Lady Eli. Stable named for area in Nantucket.
Breeder: Jay W. Bligh (Ky.). Trappe Shot—Lauren Byrd, by Arch.
Foaled: March 3.
2016: 3 starts, 1-2-0, $249,400.
2015: 1 start, 0-0-0, $1,800.
Last start: 2nd in Blue Grass, April 9.
Jockey: Julien Leparoux, 32. Won 2009 Eclipse. Has 6 Breeders’ Cup wins. In 2008 rode 7 winners on a Churchill card.
Trainer: Mike Maker, 47. Has ranked in top 10 of trainers since 2011 but still looking for first Triple Crown victory. Trained Hansen to Breeders’ Juvenile win in 2011. Assisted D. Wayne Lukas for 10 years before going solo in ’03.
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Winningest owners in Keeneland history just added the spring title to their hardware. Won Eclipses in 2004, ’11, ’13 and ’14. Best finish in Triple Crown Nolan Cat’s third in 2005 Belmont.
Breeder: Mrs. Jerry Amerman (Ky.). Kitten’s Joy—Devine Actress, by Theatrical.
Foaled: March 26.
2016: 3 starts, 2-1-0, $321,360.
2015: 4 starts, 1-1-0, $50,500.
Last start: 1st in Spiral Stakes, April 2.
Jockey: Yutaka Take, 47. Rode in Derby in 1995 (Ski Captain was 14th). Has won nearly 4,000 races and every major races in Japan.
Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga, 49. Top jockey in Japan before moving to training 10 years ago. He rode the dam of Lani to a Grade I upset in 2005. Making his North American training debut.
Owner: Koji and Yoko Maeda keep some yearlings at the Oak Tree division of Lane’s End Farm, where Lani grew up. Lani’s broodmare sire, Sunday Silence, won the 1989 Derby and Preakness and was 2nd in the Belmont. Goal for Lani early on was Ky. Derby.
Breeder: North Hills Co. Limited (Ky.) Tapit—Heavenly Romance, by Sunday Silence.
Foaled: Feb. 22.
2016: 2 starts, 1-0-0, $1,215,984.
2015: 4 starts, 2-1-0, $150,634.
Last start: 1st in UAE Derby, March 26.
Jockey: Javier Castellano, 38. Coming off Keeneland spring meet title, Has won over 4,200 races. Six Breeders’ Cup wins but just one Triple Crown win: Bernardini in 2006 Preakness.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher, 48. Record in last 15 Derbys is 1 win, 2 seconds and 3 thirds. Won in 2010 with Super Saver. Has won two Belmonts (Rags to Riches in ’07) and Palace Malice (’13).
Owner: Twin Creeks and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Twin Creeks’ Mission Impazible was 9th in 2010 Derby and Vinceremos was 17th in 2014. Eclipse had a 3rd in 2014 with Danza.
Breeder: James C. Weigel & Taylor Made Stallions (Ky.). Giant’s Causeway—Dream of Summer, by Siberian Summer.
Foaled: April 16.
2016: 3 starts, 2-0-0, $338,000.
2015: 2 starts, 1-1-0, $52,700.
Last start: 1st in Tampa Bay Derby, March 12.
Jockey: Victor Espinoza, 43. Winner of the last two Derbys going for classic’s first three-peat. For Espinoza, coming off the Triple Crown with American Pharoah, it would be a four-peat.
Trainer: Ron Moquett, 44. Among breakthrough wins was Seek Gold’s in the 2006 Stephen Foster at Churchill. Sprinter Gentlemen’s Bet third in Saratoga’s Vanderbilt and the Breeders’ Cup in 2013.
Owner: Robert LaPenta, Harry Rosenblum and Southern Springs Stables. LaPenta teamed with Rick Pitino in 1988 to buy his first horse. LaPenta-Rosenblum’s Far Right 15th in 2015 Derby.
Breeder: John Liviakis (Ky.) Pleasantly Perfect—Melody’s Spirit, by Scat Daddy.
Foaled: Jan. 23.
2016: 4 starts, 1-2-1, $422,000.
2015: 2 starts, 1-0-0, $53,000.
Last start: 3rd in Ark. Derby, April 16.
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux, 46. Three Derby victories among his six Triple Crown wins. Three-time Eclipse winner also has won four Breeders’ Cup races.
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux, 49. Kent’s brother won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Texas Red in 2014. His Swipe was 2nd in 2015 Juvenile. Ive Struck a Nerve won the 2013 Risen Star before getting hurt.
Owner: Big Chief Racing & Head of Plains Partners. Big Chief is operation of Matt Bryan, 46, whose first 2-year-old was Ive Struck a Nerve. He met Keith in 2012 after first being part of a syndicate named “Don’t Tell your Wife Stable.”
Breeder: Joseph B. Murphy (Ky.). Curlin—Dawn Raid, by Vindication.
Foaled: Feb. 5.
2016: 3 starts, 1-1-1, $688,000.
2015: 6 starts, 3-1-0, $983,120.
Last start: 1st in Santa Anita Derby, April 9.
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, 30. Rode Fort Larned to 2012 wins in the Whitney and Breeders’ Classic. Leading rider at Ellis Park last yeat. Won 2004 Eclipse as apprentice.
Trainer: Dallas Stewart, 56. Lit up Derby board with runner-up long shots Golden Soul (2013) and Commanding Curve (’14). Also has finished second twice in Preakness (Tale of Verve in 2015 and Macho Again in ’08).
Owner: GMB Racing. Gayle Benson, wife of billionaire Tom, has big plans for her fledgling stable: “We want to win the Ky. Derby, the La. Derby and hopefully take a shot at the Breeders’ Cup.”
Breeder: Blackstone Farm (Pa.). More Than Ready—Goodbye Stranger, by Broad Brush.
Foaled: Feb. 1.
2016: 3 starts, 0-2-0, $244,000.
2015: 6 starts, 1-2-0, $58,220.
Last start: 2nd in La. Derby, March 26.
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez, born in 1987. In Derby for first time since winning in debut in 2012 with I’ll Have Another. Was denied shot at Triple Crown a day before Belmont when colt was scratched with injury.
Trainer: Doug O’Neill, 47. Won two-thirds of Triple Crown with I’ll Have Another. His Goldencents 17th in 2013 Derby but won Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile later in ’13. Has more than $100 million in career earnings.
Owner: Paul Reddam. First Thoroughbred was Swept Overboard who won two Grade Is in 1988. Won Breeders’ Cup races in 2004 and ’06. Bought I’ll Have Another for $35,000.
Breeder: Summerhill Farm (Ky.). Uncle Mo—Seeking Gabrielle, by Forestry.
Foaled: March 10.
2016: 2 starts, 2-0-0, $1,709,000.
2015: 5 starts, 5-0-0, $1,613,600.
Last start: 1st in Florida Derby, April 2.
Jockey: Junior Alvarado, 29. Venezuelan ranked 10th in 2015 earnings. Won Grade I Whitney at Saratoga in 2014 en route to earning his 1,000th win. First North American win came in 2007. Rode 191 winners in 2013.
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin, 55. Lexington native won 2006 Belmont with Jazil. Invasor won 2006 Breeders’ Classic and Dubai World Cup for him. His Frosted was 4th in Derby and 2nd in Belmont last year.
Owner: Shadwell Stable. Has wonnumerous major international races since starting a stable in United Kingdom in 1981. Invasor and filly Lahudood helped stable win 2007 Eclipse.
Breeder: Clearsky Farms (Ky.).Tapit—Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union.
Foaled: May 2.
2016: 3 starts, 2-0-0, $507,850.
2015: 3 starts, 3-0-0, $345,000.
Last start: 4th in Florida Derby, April 2.
Jockey: John Velazquez, 44. This is his 15th Derby. Won on Animal Kingdom in 2011. Took 2007 Belmont with Rags to Riches. Two-time Eclipse winner also has 13 Breeders’ Cup wins.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Seven-time Eclipse winner bringing his 44th and 45th starters to the Derby. Even future Hall of Famers find the classic tough as 30 of his starters have finished 9th or worse.
Owner: Repole Stable. Won 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Uncle Mo. His Stay Thirsty was 2nd in 2011 Belmont and Stopshoppingmaria was 2nd in the 2011 Breeders’ Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Breeder: Repole Stable. Uncle Mo—Nonna Mia, by Empire Maker.
Foaled: March 8.
2016: 3 starts, 2-1-0, $671,800.
2015: 1 starts, 1-0-0, $30,000.
Last start: 1st in Wood Memorial, April 9.
Jockey: Joel Rosario. In 2013, he won Dubai World Cup with Animal Kingdom and five weeks later won the Derby with Orb. Also rode Tonalist to 2014 Belmont win that denied California Chrome the Triple Crown.
Trainer: Chad Brown. Trained champion turf females Zagora and Stacelita. First Grade I win was the Diana at Saratoga with Zagora. Has won seven Breeders’ Cup races.
Owner: Shadwell Stable. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum owns eight stud farms worldwide, housing some of the sport’s top mares and stallions.
Breeder: Shadwell Farm. Bernardini—Muhaawara, by Unbridled’s Song.
Foaled: Feb. 5.
2016: 3 starts, 2-0-0, $292,800.
2015: 1 start, 1-0-0, $36,000.
Last start: 5th in Wood Memorial, April 9.
Jockey: Gary Stevens, 53. Has won three Derbies, three Belmonts and two Preaknesses. Just missed last year with Firing Line’s 2nd.
Trainer: Bob Baffert, 63. Has won four Eclipses, the latest for his work with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Has 12 wins in Triple Crown races, 11 wins in Breeders’ Cup races, including back-to-back Classics (Bayern and Pharoah). Has a 4-3-3 record from 26 Derby starters.
Owner: Michael Lund Petersen. Founding shareholder in Pandora Jewelry got his first graded stakes win with Mor Spirt in the Los Alamitos Futurity last year.
Breeder: Elkstone Group (Pa.). Eskendereya—Im a Dixie Girl, by Dixie Union
Foaled: April 1.
2016: 3 starts, 1-2-0, $370,000.
2015: 4 starts, 2-2-0, $288,400.
Last start: 2nd in Santa Anita Derby, April 9.
Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo, 39. All-time leading rider in Venezuela among leading riders at Gulfstream last winter after coming to U.S. for first time last fall. Has won Venezuelan version of Derby 4 times and its triple crown 3 times.
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado, 59. Among top trainers in Venezuelan history, winning its triple crown 4 times. Came to U.S. in 2014 and won Gulfstream’s summer meeting. A Venezuelan champ, Canonero II trained by William Hirsch, won the Derby in 1971.
Owner: Grupo 7C Racing. Bought Majesto for $700,000 at 2014 Keeneland Sept. sale. Campaigned multiple stakes winner Grand Tito.
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp. (Ky.). Tiznow—Unacloud, by Unaccounted For
Foaled: April 28.
2016: 4 starts, 1-1-1, $224,000.
2015: 2 starts, 0-1-1, $15,500.
Last start: 2nd in Fla. Derby, April 2.
Jockey: Luis Saez, 27. Rode Itsaknockout to 9th in Derby last year. Has top win percentage at Keeneland’s spring meet (25 percemt) in 52 starts. Won Travers in 2013 with Will Take Charge.
Trainer: Dale Romans, 49. Louisville native won 2011 Preakness with Shackleford. His Keen Ice upset American Pharoah in 2015 Travers. Has won three Breeders’ Cup races. Won Eclipse in 2012
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable. Dennis Albaugh and son-in-law Jason Loutsch got into racing 10 years ago, owned part of Paddy O’Prado (3rd in 2010 Derby).
Breeder: Gabriel Duignan, William Arvin Jr. & Petaluma Bloodstock Ky.). Giant’s Causeway—Sweet Breanna, by Sahm.
Foaled: March 17.
2016: 2 starts,1-0-0, $600,000.
2015: 4 starts, 2-0-1, $523,138.
Last start: 1st in Blue Grass, April 9..
Jockey: Mike Smith, 50. Won Derby on Giacomo in 2005. Has won a Preakness (Prairie Bayou 1993), two Belmonts (Drosselmeyer in 2010, Palace Malice in 2013) and a record 22 Breeders’ Cup races.Won two Eclipses (’93, ’94).
Trainer: Clifford W. Sise Jr. Derby debut. Trained Paying Dues and Idiot Proof to seconds in Breeders’Cup Sprint in 1996 and 2007, respectively.
Owner: Halo Farms & Jim & Dianne Bashor. Halo’s Ted Aroney bred colt. He’s been partners with Bashors since 2012. Gold and red racing silks in honor of Jim Bashor’s alma mater, Southern Cal.
Breeder: Halo Farms (Ky.). Twirling Candy—Talkin and Singing, by Songandaprayer.
Foaled: April 6.
2016: 3 starts, 2-0-0, $324,800.
2015: 2 starts, 1-0-0, $33,850.
Last start: 4th in Santa Anita Derby, April 9.