Road to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Schedule, Updated Point Standings

The Doug O'Neill trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist heads to Louisville as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby(Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

The Doug O’Neill trained Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist heads to Louisville as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby(Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.).

The Steve Asmussen trained Gun Runner topped the 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings, winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on March 26 in his last prep for the Run for the Roses.

The colt is currently at betting odds for the Kentucky Derby at +800 at He has won four of his five career starts, the lone loss a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) last fall at Churchill Downs.

The undefeated Nyquist finished second in the points standings and is the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby at +300 at

The colt has won all seven of his starts and was the early betting favorite last fall after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall.

Mohaymen overtook him as the early betting favorite after winning the Holy Bull (G3) and Fountain of Youth (G2), but weakened to finish fourth behind Nyquist in the Florida Derby (G1) and his price has now drifted up to +500. The colt finished with 80 Derby points, good for eighth in the points standings.

Exaggerator (126), Outwork (120) and Brody’s Cause (114) round out the top five.

Sitting in 20th in the points standings is Trojan Nation with 40 points. If there are any defections the next four are Mo Tom, Fellowship, Adventist and Laoban, each with 32 points. Mo Tom would be the first in based on non-restricted stakes earnings.

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FInal Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Rank Horse Trainer Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1 Gun Runner Steve Asmussen 151 $849,200
2 Nyquist Doug O’Neill 130 $3,289,000
3 Exaggerator Keith Desormeaux 126 $1,628,000
4 Outwork Todd Pletcher 120 $660,000
5 Brody’s Cause Dale Romans 114 $1,100,000
6 Creator Steve Asmussen 110 $690,000
7 Lani Mikio Matsunaga 100 $1,300,119
8 Mor Spirit Bob Baffert 84 $616,800
9 Mohaymen Kiaran McLaughlin 80 $807,750
10 Danzig Candy Cliff Sise Jr. 60 $290,000
11 Destin Todd Pletcher 51 $338,000
12 Suddenbreakingnews Donnie Von Hemel 50 $637,000
13 Cupid Bob Baffert 50 $542,857
14  Oscar Nominated Mike Maker 50 $321,360
15 Shagaf Chad Brown 50 $270,000 
16 Whitmore Ron Moquett 44 $400,000
17 Tom’s Ready Dallas Stewart 44 $270,670
18 My Man Sam Chad Brown  40 $200,000 (Career: $251,200)
19 Majesto Gustavo Delgado 40 $190,000
20 Trojan Nation Paddy Gallagher 40 $190,000 (Career: $213,290)
21 Mo Tom Tom Amoss 32 $268,326
22 Fellowship Stanley Gold 32 $206,590
23 Adventist Leah Gyarmati 32 $155,000
24 Laoban Eric Guillot 32 $142,000
25 Dazzling Gem Brad Cox 30 $150,000
26 Cherry Wine Dale Romans 25 $145,000
27 Discreetness Williams Fires 10 $251,011
28 Star Hill Rusty Arnold 10 $66,500

Road to the Kentucky Derby

9/12/15 Iroquois 1 1/16M Churchill Downs Cocked and Loaded
9/26/15 FrontRunner 1 1/16M Santa Anita Nyquist
10/3/14 Breeders’ Futurity 1 1/16M Keeneland Brody’s Cause
10/3/15 Champagne 1M Belmont Greenpointcrusader
10/4/15 Grey 1 1/16M
Woodbine Riker
10/31/15 BC Juvenile 1 1/16M Keeneland Nyquist
11/21/15 Delta Downs Jackpot 1 1/16M Delta Downs Exaggerator
11/28/15 Remsen 1 1/8M Aqueduct Mohaymen
11/28/15 Kentucky Jockey Club 1 1/16M Churchill Downs Airoforce
12/19/15 Los Alamitos Futurity 1 1/16M Los Alamitos Mor Spirit
1/2/16 Jerome 1 mile 70 yds Aqueduct  Flexibility
1/9/16 Sham 1M Santa Anita  Collected
1/16/16 Lecomte 1 mile 70 yds Fair Grounds  Mo Tom
1/18/16 Smarty Jones 1M Oaklawn Park  Discreetness
1/30/16 Holy Bull 1 1/16M Gulfstream  Mohaymen
1/30/16 Withers 1 1/16M Aqueduct  Sunny Ridge
2/6/16 Robert B. Lewis 1 1/16M Santa Anita Park  Mor Spirit
2/13/16 El Camino Real Deby 1 1/8M Golden Gate  Frank Conversation
2/15/16 Southwest 1 1/16M Oaklawn Park  Suddenbreakingnews

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

2/20/16 Risen Star 1 1/16M Fair Grounds  Gun Runner
2/27/16 Fountain of Youth 1 1/16M Gulfstream  Mohaymen
3/5/16 Gotham 1 1/16M Aqueduct  Shagaf
3/12/16 Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16M Tampa Bay Downs  Destin
3/12/16 San Felipe 1 1/16M Santa Anita  Danzing Candy
3/19/16 Rebel 1 1/16M Oaklawn  Cupid
3/20/16 Sunland Derby 1 1/8M Sunland Park  (Canceled)
3/26/16 Louisiana Derby 1 1/8M Fair Grounds  Gun Runner
3/26/16 UAE Derby 1 3/16M Meydan  Lani
4/2/16 Florida Derby 1 1/8M Gulfstream  Nyquist
4/2/16 Spiral 1 1/8M Turfway Park  Oscar Nominated
4/9/16 Wood Memorial 1 1/8M Aqueduct  Outwork
4/9/16 Blue Grass 1 1/8M Keeneland  Brody’s Cause
4/9/16 Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8M Santa Anita  Exaggerator
4/16/16 Arkansas Derby 1 1/8M Oaklawn Park  Creator
4/16/16 Lexington 1 1/16M Keeneland  Collected



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