Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Classic Empire, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner won Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and finished second in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings.(Photo by Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup)

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 early betting favorite until his third-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4. A foot abscess, back issues and a couple of issues in the mornings during workouts sent horseplayers jumping off the bandwagon.

He is back and currently at odds of 11-2 in early Kentucky Derby wagering at US Racing.

The colt overcame bobbling at the breaking having to steady briefly early, caught some traffic on the far turn and came with a good four wide run to roll home to win by a half-length over Conquest Mo Money, who was part of the pace at odds of 17-1.

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Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin topped the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 150. The colt is currently 10-1 in early Derby wagering at US Racing.

Always Dreaming is the 4-1 betting favorite in early betting at US Racing. The Todd Pletcher trainee won the Florida Derby (G1) in his last outing.

Pletcher has four other contenders that made the top 20—Tapwrit, Malagacy, Patch and Battalion Runner.

Trainer Steve Asmussen has the two contenders that landed in 21st and 22nd place in the point standings and would be the first pair to get in if there are any defections among the top 20. With 34 points in 21st is Untrapped and he is followed by his stablemate Lookin At Lee with 32 points.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings as of April 16:

Rank Horse Trainer Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Girvin Joe Sharp 150 $849,800
2. Classic Empire Mark Casse 132 $2,093,820
3. Gormley John Shirreffs 125 $884,000
4. Irap Doug O’Neill 113 $744,000
5. Irish War Cry Graham Motion 110 $672,660
6. Thunder Snow
Saeed bin Suroor 100 $1,621,063
7. Always Dreaming Todd Pletcher 100 $589,000
8. Gunnevera Antonio Sano 84 $1,137,800
9. Practical Joke Chad Brown 74 $966,000
10. J Boys Echo Dale Romans 63 $305,000
11. State of Honor Mark Casse 62 $309,564
12. Tapwrit Todd Pletcher 54 $295,570
13. Malagacy Todd Pletcher 50 $570,000
14. Hence Steve Asmussen 50 $481,129
15. Fast and Accurate Mike Maker 50 $320,712
16. McCraken Ian Wilkes 40 $385,048
17. Battle of Midway Jerry Hollendorfer 40 $224,000
18. Patch Todd Pletcher 40 $200,000
19. Battalion Runner Todd Pletcher 40 $140,000
20. Cloud Computing Chad Brown 40 $115,000
21. Untrapped Steve Asmussen 34 $210,000
22. Lookin At Lee Steve Asmussen 32 $428,600
23. Sonneteer Keith Desormeaux 30 $236,000
24. Royal Mo John Shirreffs 30 $213,000
25. Local Hero Steve Asmussen 30 $140,000
26. Master Plan Todd Pletcher 20 $214,700
27. Blueridge Traveler Kenny McPeek 20 $95,000
28. Petrov Ron Moquett 13 $195,000

 

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