2013 Kentucky Derby Point Standings

Orb with John Velazquez aboard in the winner's circle after the Florida Derby. Orb is the points leader with 150. (Photo courtesty of Gulfstream Park)

Forty Tales won Saturday night’s Derby Trial (G3) to earn 20 points, but the Todd Pletcher trainee is not going to come back in a week’s time to compete in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, meaning the field is just about set and the Derby point standings are now complete.

Florida Derby winner (G1) Orb and Wood Memorial (G1) winner Verrazano share top billing with 150 points each.

The cut off as of Sunday night is 20 points, but the connections of several of the horses sitting on the bubble have not committed to the race, and several horses sitting on the outside looking in are still hoping to be in the starting gate on the first Saturday of May.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Govenor Charlie (11th in points) and Code West (21st) are likely not going to run in the Run for the Roses.

That will open the door for Tiz a Minister, who ran third in the Snow Chief at Santa Anita Park on April 27 to get into the race. The colt’s trainer Paul Aquirre said after a fourth in the Santa Anta Derby (G1) that the colt was off the Derby Trail, but apparently is having second thoughts.

Golden Soul, who was fourth in the Louisiana Derby (G2) in his last start, is at Churchill Downs and trainer Dallas Stewart has said he wants to run, and now make get his wish.

Todd Pletcher, who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, will saddle the likely betting favorite. The undefeated Verrazano, who won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 6, has been taking most of the action in Kentucky Derby future wagering.

The Shug McGaughey trained Orb, winner of the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 1 Florida Derby will likely be the second choice in the wagering.

 

2013 Kentucky Derby Point Standings

 Rank  Horse  Points    Trainer Non-Restricted  Stakes $ 
 1  Orb  150  Claude McGaughey
 $840,000
 2  Verrazano  150  Todd Pletcher  $810,000
 3  Goldencents  129  Doug O’Neill  $1,208,000
 4  Java’s War  122  Ken McPeek  $651,772
 5  Overanalyze  110  Todd Pletcher  $908,381
 6  Revolutionary  110  Todd Pletcher  $720,000
 7  Lines of Battle  100  Aidan O’Brien  $1,261,089
 8  Vyjack  70  Rudy Rodriguez  $505,000
 9  Will Take  Charge  60  D. Wayne Lukas  $512,971
 10  Itsmyluckyday  50  Eddie Plesa Jr.  $593,600
 11  Govenor  Charlie  50  Bob Baffert  $400,000
 12  Black Onyx  50  Kelly Breen  $317,130
 13  Palace Malice  50  Todd Pletcher  $200,000
 14  Normandy Invasion  44  Chad Brown  $258,000
 15  Frac Daddy  44  Ken McPeek  $240,596
 16  Mylute  42  Tom Amoss  $363,365
 17  Oxbow  36  D. Wayne Lukas  $346,000
 18  Falling Sky  30  John Terranova II  $207,500
 19  Charming Kitten  20  Todd Pletcher  $206,000
 20  Winning Cause  20  Todd Pletcher  $137,250
 21  Code West  20  Bob Baffert  $90,000
 22  Tiz a Minister  20  Paul Aguirre  $81,000
 23  Golden Soul  14  Dallas Stewart  $84,000

 

 

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