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Road to the Derby 2017: Your Updated Standings

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, May 1, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

For two minutes on the first Saturday of every May, a nation comes to a standstill. The Kentucky Derby®, the most exciting two minutes in sports brings the best three-year-old-thoroughbreds to race over a mile-and-a-quarter at Churchill Downs® in what is unquestionably the world’s most renowned race.

Derby 2017-4.jpgIn its fifth consecutive year, a tiered points system will determine which 20 horses will qualify for America’s greatest race. A total of 35 races will be included in the Road to the Derby series, 19 of which run over the two-year-old season and early three-year-old, with the remaining 16 comprising the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” which takes place over the 10 weeks that precede the Derby.

Having begun back in September, points are awarded to the top four finishers in the race, with the ultimate prize a spot in the gate for the 143rd Derby. Here’s a list of the frontrunners thus far*:

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 Shireffs

125

$884,000

4

Irap

Mario Gutierrez

113

$760,000

5

Irish War Cry

Rajiv Maragh

110

$676,660

6

Thunder Snow (IRE)

Saeed bin Suroor

100

$1,621,063

7

Always Dreaming

Tod 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

$310,364

12

Tapwrit

Tod Pletcher

54

$325,570

13

Hence

Steven Asmussen

50

$401,429

14

Fast and Accurate

Michael Maker

50

$320,712

15

McCraken

Ian Wilkes

40

$385,048

16

Battle of Midway

Jerry Hollendorfer

40

$224,000

17

Patch

Tod Pletcher

40

$200,000

18

Untrapped

Steven Asmussen

34

$212,858

19

Lookin At Lee

Steven Asmussen

32

$428,600

20

Sonneteer

J. Keith Desormeaux

30

 $236,000

 (*as of 5/1/2017)

The Protagonists

Classic Empire.jpgLeading the way is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Classic Empire. Following a string finish in his victory the Breeders’ Cup Futurity Stakes, also a race in the series, the Mark Casse-trained two-year-old held off the strong finishing Not This Time to win by a length.

In a race that featured many Derby hopefuls, including Practical Joke, Klimt and Syndergaard, it was perhaps Gormley, who finished seventh on the day, that the race stood the most to. Currently second on the Road to the Derby standings, he put on a show in the recent Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park to highlight his credentials for the big race in May.

Elsewhere, Uncontested left his rivals for dead in the Smarty Jones at Oakalwn Park, winning by a 5 ¼-length margin, earning 10 valuable points towards a Derby berth.

With the “prep season” part of the Road to the Derby ending on February 20th in the Southwest, the Championship series will take precedence between then and the main event on Saturday, May 6.

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