Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Thunder Snow won Saturday’s UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan and earned 100 points toward entry into the Kentucky Derby ((credit Andrew Watkins and Dubai Racing Club)

Thunder Snow has taken over the lead in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with his game win in Saturday’s $2 million UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan Race Course.

The colt beat Japan’s Epicharis by a head in an exciting finish. The duo both likely will make the trip to Louisville.

Epicharis picked up 40 Derby points for his runner up finish and had already stamped his ticket to the Run for the Roses with his victory in the Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Race Course on Feb. 19.

Thunder Snow was ridden to victory by jockey Christophe Soumillon. “He got scared twice of the screen. I could feel when we came into the last turn, he put his nose completely on the left. He did not turn left. And when I came into the straight, he was just  waiting for that screen,” the jockey said after the race.

“So I was trying to get him to concentrate. And fortunately, when I arrived at the 150m marker, he just saw the marks from the gates on the ground. He got scared, he changed legs and he stopped.

“He hangs and I tried to keep him to concentrate. I knew it wasn’t finished. I thought ‘you are doing it to me again’, he was really giving it hard to me. I thought you never know, he might come back again. And he did. Today he showed me he was still a bit immature.”

UAE Derby Replay:

The win gave Godolphin their eighth win in the UAE Derby.

Fast and Accurate pulled off the upset in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park and picked up 50 points, but is not currently Triple Crown nominated.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings as of March 27: 

Rank Horse Trainer Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Thunder Snow
Saeed bin Suroor 100 $1,621,063
2. Gunnevera Antonio Sano 64 $1,042,800
3. Tapwrit Todd Pletcher 54 $295,570
4. J Boys Echo Dale Romans 53 $255,00
5. Malagacy Todd Pletcher 50 $540,000
6. Girvin Joe Sharp 50 $249,800
7. Epicharis (JPN) Kiyoshi Hagiwara 40 $851,195
8. Practical Joke Chad Brown 34 $766,000
9. Untrapped Steve Asmussen 34 $210,000
10. Classic Empire Mark Casse 32 $1,493,820
11. El Areeb Cathal Lynch 30 $330,000
12. Gormley John Shirreffs 25 $284,000
13. State of Honor Mark Casse 22 $119,564
14. McCraken Ian Wilkes 20 $285,048
15. Master Plan Todd Pletcher 20 $214,700
16. Iliad Doug O’Neill 20 $119,000
17. Sonneteer Keith Desormeaux 20 $186,000
18. Blueridge Traveler Kenny McPeek 20 $95,000
19. Cloud Computing Chad Brown 20 $60,000
20. Wild Shot Rusty Arnold II 17 $132,200
21. Guest Suite Neil Howard 15 $144,040
22. Petrov Ron Moquett 13 $195,000
23. Lookin at Lee Steve Asmussen 12 $328,600
24. Term of Art Doug O’Neill 11 $119,000
25. Uncontested Wayne Catalano 11 $103,729
26. Lancaster Bomber Aidan O’Brien 10 $417,430
27. One Liner Todd Pletcher 10 $300,000
28. Irish War Cry Graham Motion 10 $272,660
29. Mo Town Tony Dutrow 10 $188,000
30. Three Rules Jose Pinchin 10 $142,240
31. No Dozing Arnaud Delacour 10 $106,500
32. Royal Mo John Shirreffs 10 $93,000
33. Convict Pike Rusty Arnold II 10 $47,500
34. Local Hero Steve Asmussen 10 $40,000
35. Irap Doug O’Neill 8 $90,000
36. True Timber Kiaran McLaughlin 6 $65,000
37. Talk Logistics Eddie Plesa Jr. 6 $60,100
38. Bonus Points Todd Pletcher 5 $52,500
39. Action Everyday Todd Pletcher 5 $15,000
40. Hot Sean Bob Baffert 4 $180,000
41. Dangerfield Doug O’Neill 4 $171,500
42. American Anthem Bob Baffert 4 $23,000
43.  Warrior’s Club D. Wayne Lukas 3 $27,528
44. Rowdy the Warrior Donnie Von Hemel 2 $34,429
45. Takaful Kiaran McLaughlin 2 $31,500
46. Win With Pride Todd Pletcher 2 $22,500
47. Sheer Flattery Jerry Hollendorfer 2 $18,000
48. Midnight Pleasure Craig Dollase 1 $54,000
49. Silver Dust Randy Morse 1 $52,000
50. Ann Arbor Eddie Doug O’Neill 1 $32,000
51. Bobby Abu Dhabi Peter Miller 1 $18,000
52. Arklow Brad Cox 1 $12,000
         
  Japan Road to Derby
     
1 Epicharis (JPN) Kiyoshi Hagiwara 50 $450,374
2 Mont Saint Legame (JPN) Koji Maki 40 $90,154
3 Adirato (JPN) Naosuke Sugai 20 $154,951
4 Caucus (JPN) Hideaki Fujiwara 16 $35,850
5 Foggy Night (JPN) Noriyuki Hori 5 $23,801

 

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