Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

McCraken, seen here winning the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs won Saturday’s Sam F. Davis and moved into third in the Derby points standings (Photo credit: Churchill Downs).

McCraken remained undefeated with an impressive victory in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, picking up 10 points and moving up to third in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 20.

The Ian Wilkes trainee was making his first start since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

The son of Ghostzapper is now undefeated in four career starts and his early wagering price for the Kentucky Debry has dropped to 4-1 at US Racing.

The colt was sent off as the 3-2 betting favorite in a field of nine in the Sam F. Davis. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had the colt racing near the pack of the pack early, came with a four-wide run and pulled away smartly in the stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths.

“He puts a lot of confidence in you, that’s for sure,” Hernandez Jr. said. “You’ve just got to go with it and ride him with confidence. I asked him at about the half-mile pole and he hesitated a bit, but I think that was his way of telling me ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to get the job done.”

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The Todd Pletcher trained Tapwrit rallied late for the runner up spot, picking up four Derby points and completing a $2 exacta given out by our handicapper Michael Dempsey that paid $41.60. Turf ‘n’ Sport readers also hit the trifecta which returned $126.40 for $1.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion remained atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 32. The colt made his three-year-old debut in the Holy Bull (G3) on Feb. 4 where he checked in third. His current early Kentucky Derby betting odds at US Racing stand at 5-2.

The next Derby points races comes up at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. The $200,000 El Camino Real (G3) will offer up 10-4-2-1 points toward entry into the Run for the Roses.

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Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings as of Feb 12 :

Rank Horse Trainer Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1 Classic Empire Mark Casse 32 $1,493,820
2 El Areeb Cathal Lynch 20 $300,000
3 McCraken Ian Wilkes 20 $245,048
4 Gormley John Shirreffs 20 $260,000
5 Gunnevera Antonio Sano 14 $807,200
6 Practical Joke Chad Brown 14 $690,000
7 Uncontested Wayne Catalano 11 $99,300
8 Lookin at Lee Steve Asmussen 10 $275,600
9 Irish War Cry Graham Motion 10 $272,660
10 Mastery Bob Baffert 10 $240,000
11 Mo Town Tony Dutrow 10 $180,000
12 Guest Suite Neil Howard 10 128,040
13 Royal Mo John Shirreffs 10 $90,000
14 Irap Doug O’Neill 8 $90,000
15 Wild Shot Rusty Arnold II 7 $97,200
16 True Timber Kiaran McLaughlin 6 $65,000
17 No Dozing Arnaud Delacour 5 $89,000
18 Bonus Points Todd Pletcher 5 $52,500
19 Klimt Art Sherman 4 $380,000
20 Hot Sean Bob Baffert 4 $180,000
21 Dangerfield Doug O’Neill 4 $171,500
22 Syndergaard Todd Pletcher 4 $160,000
23 Tapwrit Todd Pletcher 4 $85,570
24 Petrov Ron Moquette 4 $50,000
25 Untrapped Steve Asmussen 4 $40,000
26 American Anthem Bob Baffert 4 $20,000
27 J Boys Echo Dale Romans 3 $75,000
28 Warrior’s Club D. Wayne Lukas 3 $26,100
29 Recruiting Ready Horacio DePaz 2 $43,750
30 State of Honor Mark Casse 2 $49,564
31 Rowdy the Warrior Donnie Von Hemel 2 $33,100
32 Takaful Kiaran McLaughlin 2 $31,500
33 Win With Pride Todd Pletcher 2 $22,500
34 Takeoff Mark Casse 2 $20,000
35 Sheer Flattery Jerry Hollendorfer 2 $18,000
36 Big Hit Phil D’Amato 2 $12,000
37 Term of Art Doug O’Neill 1 $71,000
38 Midnight Pleasure Craig Dollase 1 $54,000
39 Talk Logistics Eddie Plesa Jr. 1 $41,100
40 Big Gray Rocket Bob Baffert 1 $25,000
41 Bobby Abu Dhabi Peter Miller 1 $18,000
42 Arklow Brad Cox 1 $8,000
  Japan Road to Derby
1 Mont Saint Legame (JPN) Koji Maki 40 $90,154
2 Caucus (JPN) Hideaki Fujiwara 16 $35,850


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