Road to Kentucky Derby Ends and It is Off to Louisville

Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is done and the field is starting to take shape. (photo courtesy of Churchill Downs)

In this crazy year where the Kentucky Derby (G1) is being contested on the first Saturday of September, the prep races are in the books and the field is starting to take shape.

Pneumatic won Saturday’s Pegasus at Monmouth Park, the final Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, earning 20 points which moved the colt up to 11th in the Derby point standings among the horses still possible for the Run for the Roses.

Tiz the Law topped the Derby points standings with 372 and will be sent off as the betting favorite for the second jewel of this year’s Triple Crown. The Barclay Tagg trainee won the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 20 and followed that up by winning the Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 8 with a career best 109 Beyer Speed Figure.

The colt is currently the 6-5 betting favorite in early Kentucky Derby wagering at BUSR.

The filly Swiss Skydiver won Saturday’s Alabama (G1) and sits in 13th in the Derby points standings with 40 points thanks to her runner up finish in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland. Her trainer Ken McPeek mentioned the Derby before her Blue Grass run but said yesterday after the Alabama that she likely would be headed to the Kentucky Oaks (G1). He did not rule out a run in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Oaks,” McPeek said. “Peter and I will sit down and talk about it but we’re leaning pretty hard to the Oaks. Tiz the Law’s race here last week was ultra-impressive and if you hold the two against each other; I am not sure we want to be up against him yet. If she could win the Oaks and is still in good order, I think the Preakness would be a great race to win with the filly.”

2020 Alabama Stakes

Authentic finished second in the Derby point standings with 200. The Bob Baffert trainee has won four of his five career starts, taking the Haskell Invitational (G1) in his last outing at Monmouth Park on July 18.

Art Collector was third in the standings with 100 and likely will be the second choice in the betting on Derby Day. The Tom Drury trainee won the Blue Grass (G2) and Ellis Park Derby in his last two starts.

The list of Derby possibles released by Churchill Downs on Sunday has 26 contenders listed. The race is limited to 20 starters and while some are saying we might not get a full field, the temptation to run in this classic race likely will assure we still see a large field despite the overwhelming favorite in Tiz the Law.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings

Rank Horse Points Trainer Non-Restricted

Stakes Earnings

1. Tiz the Law 372 Barclay Tagg $1,972,400
2. Authentic 200 Bob Baffert $980,000
3. Art Collector 150 Tommy Drury Jr. $476,461
4. Honor A. P. 140 John Shirreffs $340,000
5. Ny Traffic 110 Saffie Joseph Jr. $472,820
6. King Guillermo 90 Juan Carlos Avila $317,050
7. Thousand Words 83 Bob Baffert $297,000
8. Dr Post 80 Todd Pletcher $331,035
9. Max Player 60 Steve Asmussen $337,500
10. Caracaro 60 Gustavo Delgado $205,000
11. Pneumatic 45 Steve Asmussen $169,250
12. Enforceable 43 Mark Casse $314,550
13. Swiss Skydiver 40 Kenny McPeek $901,820
14. Rushie 40 Michael McCarthy $108,000
15. Major Fed 38 Greg Foley $179,100
16. Storm the Court 36 Peter Eurton $1,273,851
17. Attachment Rate 35 Dale Romans $93,675
18. Sole Volante 30 Patrick Biancone $273,510
19. Finnick the Fierce 25 Rey Hernandez $121,700
20. Winning Impression 20 Dallas Stewart $54,822
21. Jesus’ Team 18 Jose D’Angelo $80,000
22. Necker Island 14 Chris Hartman $74,808
23. Kiss Today Goodbye 10 J. Eric Kruljac $12,000
24. Shirl’s Speight 0 Roger Attfield $55,896
25. Happy Saver 0 Todd Pletcher $0
26. Money Moves 0 Todd Pletcher $0





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No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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