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2009 Derby Dozen: A look back

2009 Derby Dozen

How last year's Herald-Leader Derby Dozen fared:

Ran in the Derby

Friesan Fire — Finished 18th, Pioneerof the Nile — Finished second

Did not run in the Derby

Beethoven — Dropped off trail in late March with injury to left front leg.

Capt. Candyman Can — Trainer Ian Wilkes decided the Captain was better suited to shorter distances and sent him to a victory in the 7-furlong Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill two weeks after the Derby.

Haynesfield — Finished eighth in the Gotham and disappeared until bouncing back to win the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct in November.

Hello Broadway — Finished seventh as the favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby then skipped the Blue Grass and came up short in earnings.

Midshipman — Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner was sidelined with soft tissue injury Feb. 28 and didn't make 3-year-old debut until September.

Old Fashioned — Fractured his right knee in finishing second in the Arkansas Derby and was retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm.

Patena — Ran 10th in the Blue Grass and did not have sufficient earnings to run in the Derby.

Stardom Bound — The champion 2-year-old filly of 2008 had her five-race winning streak snapped in the Ashland, then was pulled out of the Kentucky Oaks after a subpar training session.

The Pamplemousse — Scratched as the pre-race favorite the morning of the Santa Anita Derby after a tendon flare-up and has not raced since.

Vineyard Haven — Launched his Derby campaign in Dubai by finishing fourth in the UAE Two Thousand Guineas and did not return to racing in the United States until August.

Herald-Leader Staff Report