Kentucky Derby News

Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings

The D. Wayne Lukas trained Bravazo leads the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 54 points after his victory in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds last Saturday. The colt is virtually assured a starting spot in the field of 20 in the Run for the Roses after posting a 21-1 upset and picking up 50 points for his victory.  The colt is currently listed at 100-1 in early Kentucky … [Read more...]

Lukas Has More Than Sporting Chance in Southwest

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, fresh off pulling off an upset in Saturday’s Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds has a pair of runners with a sporting chance in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Sporting Chance (9-2) is making his first start since winning the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 4 for The Coach. The trainer also will saddle longshot Kentucky Club (30-1), who … [Read more...]

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The 144th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) will be run Saturday, May 5, 2018 and for the sixth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race. Each year 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run in the Kentucky Derby. To earn a spot in the starting gate, they … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Berth Up for Grabs in Risen Star at Fair Grounds

Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is the first Road to the Kentucky Derby points race with 50 points up for grabs to the winner, virtually assuring the winner a starting spot in the gate on the first Saturday of May for the Run for the Roses. A field of 10 will line up led by the LeComte (G3) winner Instilled Regard for the Jerry Hollendofer barn. The colt is the 8-5 … [Read more...]

All Others is 5-2 Betting Choice in Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2

With the Kentucky Derby 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) while Champion 2-Year-Old Male and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Good Magic and multiple Grade I winner Bolt d’Oro were the co-second betting choices at odds of 8-1. The “All Others 3-Year-Olds” betting … [Read more...]

Kanthaka Pulls Off Upset in San Vicente at Santa Anita

With heavily favored Ax Man deep fried at the quarter pole, Flavien Prat was on the move four-wide with longshot Kanthaka, who powered home to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita by a widening 3 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the chestnut colt by Jimmy Creed got seven furlongs in 1:22.62 and thus punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby … [Read more...]

Seven Derby Hopefuls Seek Points in Sam F. Davis at Tampa

Led by Remsen (G2) winner Catholic Boy, a field of seven will line up at Tampa Bay Downs in the lone race this weekend with Derby points on the line in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3). The Davis offers up 10-4-2-1 points as a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race and is the local prep for the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) which will be contested on March 10 and offers 50-20-10-5 points to … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Odds

Fast rising stars McKinzie (#13), Audible (#1) and Mask (#12) join reigning 2-year-old champion Good Magic (#10) and the accomplished Bolt d’Oro (#3) atop the roster of individual betting interests in this week’s second pool of Churchill Downs’ 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but the ever-popular Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others”, remains the likely wagering favorite for the pool … [Read more...]

Avery Island Much the Best in Withers at Aqueduct

(NYRA Press) Godolphin Racing's homebred Avery Island got his sophomore campaign off to an impressive start, picking up 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby with a two-length victory in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by regular jockey Joe Bravo, Avery Island took up position at the head of the five-horse field, … [Read more...]

Lombo Pulls Off Upset in Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita

With Flavien Prat calling the signals on the lead, a new Derby contender emerged today at Santa Anita as longshot Lombo scored an impressive two length victory in the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. A Kentucky-bred colt by Graydar, Lombo is trained by Mike Pender and he got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.41. A 3 ½ length maiden winner going six furlongs here on Jan. 20, Lombo … [Read more...]