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Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire returned from his two month break and disappointing three-year-old debut to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on Saturday vaulting from 21st to second in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings. Last year’s Eclipse Award winner for top juvenile spent months as the […]

Blue Grass Draws Tough Field and That is No Joke

The $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland may have been downgraded from a Grade 1 race, but this year’s field is as strong as we have seen in any Derby prep this season. The highly regarded McCraken, the co-favorite in early Kentucky Derby wagering at US Racing at 4-1 is the 7-5 morning […]

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is slated for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at historic Churchill Downs, with the Road to the Kentucky Derby points race underway. There were 10 Road to the Kentucky Derby points races contested in 2016 and 26 more points races to be decided in 2017. To earn a […]

Guest Suite Looks to Turn Tables on Girvin in Louisiana Derby

A field of nine will line up on Saturday at Fair Grounds in the marquee race of the meeting, the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) with 100-40-20-10 points up for grabs toward entry into the Kentucky Derby (G1). Leading the pack is Girvin, who was installed as the 8-5 favorite. The Joe Sharp trainee picked […]

Kitten’s Cat Leads Dozen in Spiral at Turfway Park

The Joe Sharp trained Kitten’s Cat is the 4-1 morning line favorite in a of field of 12 that will line up on Saturday in the $500,000 Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral (G3), one of three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races on tap this weekend. The Spiral offers up 50-20-10-5 points toward entry into […]

Getting Uncontested Lead in Rebel May Not Be Easy

The Road to the Kentucky Derby make another stop in Hot Springs on Saturday with a field of 11 three-year-olds lining up in the $900,000 Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park, and we are hoping for an uncontested early lead. The race offers a huge purse and 50-20-10-5 points toward entry into the Run for the […]

Without McCraken Tampa Bay Derby a Wide Open Race

Sam F. Davis (G3) winner McCraken would have been a solid betting favorite in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2), but a minor injury has him on the sidelines and a wide-open field of 10 will line up looking to stamp their ticket to the Run for the Roses. The Tampa Bay Derby is a […]

El Areeb Imposing Favorite in Gotham at Aqueduct

The Cathal Lynch trained El Areeb is looking to stay perfect in three trips on the inner track at Aqueduct when he takes on nine foes in the $300,000 Gotham (G3) on Saturday. The Gotham is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs to the top four finishers. […]

Mo Town Makes Sophomore Debut in Risen Star at Fair Grounds

The stakes for Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls rise starting on Saturday as the first 50-point prep race, the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is on tap. A field of 14 was entered with 13 likely to start. The connections of So Conflated are going to scratch after drawing the outside 14 post to […]

Uncontested Looking for Uncontested Lead in Southwest at Oaklawn Park

The Wayne Catalano trained Uncontested will be looking for a similar trip he got in his gate to wire score in the Smarty Jones Stakes when he takes on a dozen foes in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Under jockey Channing Hill the colt wired the field in the slop in the Smarty […]