Where the 2015 Kentucky Derby® Contenders Are Now

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

It’s been a few months since the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and many of us are curious as to what the horses are up to now. Are they still racing? Have they retired? Did they get injured? Well, the answer is all of the above! Let’s take a look at where the top ten 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders are now.

American Pharoah

After winning the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah went on to win both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown™, becoming the 12th horse to do so and the first in 37 years. Following his Triple Crown™ victory, horse racing fans anxiously awaited his return to racing. The news was finally released that he would headline the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. In front of a record crowd of 60,983, American Pharoah swept the Haskell and earned an automatic spot into the Breeders’ Cup Classic this October. As far as his next race goes, we will just have to wait and see! However, there is a rumor going around that his trainer, Bob Baffert, is eyeing the Travers at Saratoga.   

American Pharoah

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Firing Line

After a second place finish at the Kentucky Derby, Firing Line went on to finish seventh at the Preakness Stakes. Unfortunately, Firing Line will likely miss the rest of his 3-year-old racing season due to foot problems. Owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Simon Callaghan have decided the horse needs a break and a little time off before heading into his next race. He could be back later in the year, but it’s likely he will need to wait until his 4-year-old season.

Dortmund Dortmund

After Dortmund finished third in the Derby, he took a run at the Preakness and finished fourth. He was relocated to Del Mar where he has since trained twice. Unfortunately, his training has been delayed due to bruised ribs. It should only set him back a couple weeks, hopefully.

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Frosted finished fourth in the Derby and skipped the Preakness to run in the Belmont Stakes. He finished second behind Triple Crown™ Winner American Pharoah. Frosted recently ran in the Jim Dandy and finished second place despite an eventful start. He lost his right front shoe, but thankfully he is still in good shape. The plan is for Frosted to run in the Travers at Saratoga on August 29.

Danzig Moon

Danzig Moon finished fifth in the Derby and went on to finish sixth in the Preakness. His Preakness run was followed by a devastating, ill-fated run in the Queen’s Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine. Danzig Moon broke down and dropped back rapidly and then collided with another horse. The colt sustained a broken right hind leg and was later euthanized.


After finishing sixth place in the Derby, Materiality ran a disappointed 8th (last) place in the Belmont Stakes. Materiality has since retired from racing. He has a soft tissue injury that would require six months off and several months to get him fully restored.

Keen Ice

Keen Ice followed his seventh place Derby performance with a third place finish in the Belmont Stakes. He ran against American Pharoah at the Haskell Invitational and impressively finished in second place. Keen Ice is expected to meet American Pharoah again at the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 29.

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Although Mubtaahij finished eighth in the Derby, he improved in the Belmont Stakes with a fourth place finish.  He returned to Michael de Kock’s Barn at Fair Hill to rest for several weeks.


Itsaknockout finished ninth in the Derby and then skipped the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont. However, he was sidelined before the race and has not raced since.

Carpe Diem

After a tenth place finish in the Derby, Carpe Diem did not run again and was retired in July with a bone chip in the right knee. He was looked at for the Belmont and then later the Haskell, but unfortunately the chip was too problematic and retirement appeared to be the best option.

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