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Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings following Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe.

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Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings following Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe.

Early Kentucky Derby favorite Verrazano didn't disappoint in his stakes debut, winning the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby by three lengths over Java's War, who overcame a slow start to finish second. Verrazano earned 50 points and debuted at No. 3. Java's War, who entered the day with 2 points, added another 20 and is now ranked No. 8 on the preference list. Falling Sky was third and doubled his point total to rank No. 9. Fourth-place finisher Dynamic Sky collected five points and moved up to No. 13 with 13 points overall.

 In the $300,750 San Felipe, Hear the Ghost closed late to run down even-money favorite Flashback. Hear the Ghost debuted at No. 4 with 50 points. Flashback entered the day with 10, earned 20 for second and moved to No. 5 with 30 overall. Tiz a Minister was third (10 points) and Goldencents, who dueled with Flashback earlier on, was fourth. Goldencents, who had 24 points, earned five and is ranked No. 6 with 29 overall.

Earlier on Saturday, 135-1 Risen Star winner Ive Struck a Nerve, who was atop the point standings with 51 points, sustained an ankle injury during a workout at Fair Grounds and will miss both the Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Derby. He has been removed from the list.

The Kentucky Derby Championship Series continues next Saturday with the Rebel at Oaklawn Park with 50 points awarded to first, 20 to second, 10 to third and 5 to fourth.

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The "Road to the Kentucky Derby" is a 36-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners nominated to the Triple Crown will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 139th running of the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 4. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds every year since 2004, and 12 of the last 14 years.

 

Rank

Horse

Points

Owner(s)

Trainer

Non-Restricted

Stakes Earnings

1.

Vyjack

50

Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld)

Rudy Rodriguez

$405,000

2.

Orb

50

Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps)

Shug McGaughey III

$240,000

3.

Verrazano

50

Let's Go Stable (Kevin Scatuorchio & Bryan Sullivan),

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Todd Pletcher

$210,000

4.

Hear the Ghost

50

Halo Farms (Ted Aroney) or Jerry Hollendorfer

Jerry Hollendorfer

$195,400

5.

Flashback

30

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$180,000

6.

Goldencents

29

W.C. Racing (Josh Kaplan & Glenn Sorgenstein), Dave Kenney & RAP Racing (Rick Pitino)

Doug O'Neill

$758,000

7.

Shanghai Bobby

24

Starlight Racing (Jack & Laurie Wolf & Donald & Barbara Lucarelli et al), Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Todd Pletcher

$1,731,000

8.

Java's War

22

Charles Fipke

Ken McPeek

$201,772

9.

Falling Sky

20

Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello & Joseph Bulger

John Terranova II

$157,500

10.

West Hills Giant

20

Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables, Bentivegna

John Terranova II

$89,000

11.

Code West

20

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$80,000

12.

Oxbow

16

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

D. Wayne Lukas

$196,000

13.

Dynamic Sky

13

John C. Oxley

Mark Casse

$289,168

14.

Speak Logistics

11

Hardway Stables, Inc. (Ralph Nabavi)

Eddie Plesa Jr.

$52,500

15.

Itsmyluckyday

10

Trilogy Stable (Marion Montanari & David Melin) & Laurie Plesa

Eddie Plesa Jr.

$393,600

16.

Overanalyze

10

Repole Stable (Mike Repole)

Todd Pletcher

$308,381

17.

Uncaptured

10

John C. Oxley

Mark Casse

$292,374

18.

Den's Legacy

10

Westrock Stables LLC (Scott & Joe Ford)

Bob Baffert

$265,000

19.

Power Broker

10

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$210,000

20.

Super Ninety Nine

10

Tanma Corporation (Susan Chu)

Bob Baffert

$200,000

21.

Will Take Charge

10

Willis D. Horton

D. Wayne Lukas

$152,971

22.

Revolutionary

10

WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt)

Todd Pletcher

$120,000

t-23.

Elnaawi

10

Shadwell Stable (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Kiaran McLaughlin

$40,000

t-23.

Palace Malice

10

Dogwood Stable, Inc. (W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell)

Todd Pletcher

$40,000

25.

Tiz a Minister

10

S. A. Y. Racing, LLC

Paul Aguirre

$36,000

26.

Siete de Oros

7

Ramon Preciado

Ramon Preciado

$80,000

27.

He's Had Enough

6

Reddam Racing LLC (J. Paul Reddam)

Doug O'Neill

$442,000

28.

Fear the Kitten

6

Frank Irvin

Mike Maker

$84,890

29.

Tesseron

5

Donver Stable (Donna & Vern Dubinsky)

Josie Carroll

$49,017

30.

Majestic Hussar

5

Joseph Witek

Eddie Kenneally

$22,000

31.

Capo Bastone

4

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Wellman et al)

Todd Pletcher

$246,000

32.

Texas Bling

4

Hall's Family Trust (Lewis A. Hall)

Danele Durham

$211,200

33.

Normandy Invasion

4

Fox Hill Farms Inc. (Rick Porter)

Chad Brown

$58,000

34.

Golden Soul

4

Charles Fipke

Dallas Stewart

$44,000

35.

Frac Daddy

4

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners (Carter Stewart)

Ken McPeek

$40,596

36.

Escapefromreality

4

MeB Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony & Mary Bonomo)

Dominick Schettino

$40,000

37.

Fortify

3

Godolphin (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum et al)

Mahmood Al Zarooni

$225,000

38.

Mylute

2

GoldMark Farm, LLC (T. Paul Bulmahn) & Whisper Hill Farm (Amanda Pope)

Tom Amoss

$163,365

39.

Carving

2

Jill Baffert & Bode Miller

Bob Baffert

$145,750

40.

Clearly Now

2

Irma Desrochers & Leonard Zenith

Brian Lynch

$145,086

41.

Heaven's Runway

2

K.K. Jayaraman & V. Devi Jayaraman

Joseph Martin

$111,198

42.

My Name Is Michael

2

Watchel Stable, Barry Butzer & Dominion Bloodstock

Bill Mott

$50,171

43.

Always in a Tiz

2

MeB Stables LLC (Mary Ellen Bonomo) & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony Bonomo Sr.)

Dominick Schettino

$39,000

44.

Delhomme

2

WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt) & Twin Creeks Racing (Randy Gullatt & Steve Davison et al)

Todd Pletcher

$25,000

45.

Dewey Square

2

Siena Farms, LLC (Anthony Manganaro)

Dale Romans

$16,298

46.

Manando

2

Kaleem Shah Inc.

Bob Baffert

$12,000

47.

Pataky Kid

1

Swifty Farms Inc. (Don & Dana Myers)

Tom Proctor

$110,714

48.

Amerigo Vespucci

1

Aldie Germania Farms Inc.

Timothy Tullock Jr.

$70,000

49.

Dry Summer

1

Michael Britt or Sam House

Joel Marr

$66,000

50.

Joshua's Comprise

1

Rose Family Stable

Barry Rose

$56,000

51.

Quinzieme Monarque

1

John M.B. O'Connor

Tom Albertrani

$20,000

52.

Channel Isle

1

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

D. Wayne Lukas

$15,000

53.

Little Jerry

1

Jaam Racing, Inc. (Jason Tackitt) & Riley Racing Stable (Jerry Fialkowski)

Richard Baltas

$12,000

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON POINTS EARNED THIS WEEK:

Race

1st (Points)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Tampa Bay Derby

Verrazano (50)

Java's War (20)

Falling Sky (10)

Dynamic Sky (5)

San Felipe

Hear the Ghost (50)

Flashback (20)

Tiz a Minister (10)

Goldencents (5)

NOT TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATED – Joha (10 points); Steeler-IRE (10), River Seven (10), Dice Flavor (10), Artigiano (4), Nina's Dragon (4), Indiano Jones (2), Al Waab-IRE (2), Counting Days (2), Hightail (1), Five Iron (1), Birdman-IRE (1), Archwarrior (1) & Stormy Holiday (1)

SIDELINED/INACTIVE/OFF TRAIL – Ive Struck a Nerve (51); Violence (30 points); Bern Identity (4); Know More (4) & Fury Kapcori (4)

TIEBREAKERS – If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races.

FILLIES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she'll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings and be nominated to the Triple Crown. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series against open company will be credited to her point total in the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series.

DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a dead-heat (tie) in a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.

SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.

SCHEDULE CHANGES – No changes to the 2013 schedule are planned at this time. Churchill Downs officials will review which races will be included in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series annually. Plans call for the schedule of races to be announced each July.

NOMINATIONS – Horses born in 2010 were made eligible to run in this year's Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown with a $600 early payment that was due Jan. 26, 2013. A late period for nominations at $6,000 each will close Saturday, March 23, 2013. In addition to the Triple Crown nomination fee, owners must pay $25,000 to enter the Derby by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and an additional $25,000 to start. If there are less than 24 Triple Crown nominees entered, a horse may be supplemented for $200,000.

POST POSITION DRAW – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw – a traditional "pill pull" in which horses' entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from the starting gate – will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET (Live on NBC Sports Network). Up to 24 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as "also eligible" and would be ranked in order accordingly; they could draw into the field should any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. ET.

PRIZE MONEY – The Kentucky Derby winner will receive a gold trophy plus an estimated $1.24 million payday. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to the runner-up, $200,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth and $60,000 to fifth.

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON

(Points: 10-4-2-1)

 

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Sept. 29

217

31

II

$158,994

Juddmonte Royal Lodge

1 M (T)

Newmarket

Sat.

Sept. 29

217

31

I

$250,000

FrontRunner

1 1/16 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Oct. 6

210

30

I

$400,000

Foxwoods Champagne

1 M

Belmont Park

Sat.

Oct. 6

210

30

I

$400,000

Dixiana Breeders' Futurity

1 1/16 M (S)

Keeneland

Sun.

Oct. 7

209

30

III

$229,677

Grey

1 1/16 M (S)

Woodbine

Sat.

Nov. 3

182

26

I

$1,818,000

Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile

1 1/16 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Nov. 17

168

24

III

$1,000,000

Delta Downs Jackpot

1 1/16 M

Delta Downs

Sat.

Nov. 24

161

23

II

$250,000

Remsen

1 1/8 M

Aqueduct

Sat.

Nov. 24

161

23

II

$177,150

Kentucky Jockey Club

1 1/16 M

Churchill Downs

Sat.

Dec. 15

140

20

I

$750,000

CashCall Futurity

1 1/16 M (S)

Betfair Hollywood Park

Sat.

Jan. 5

119

17

III

$100,000

Sham

1 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Jan. 19

105

15

III

$200,000

Lecomte

1 M 70 Y

Fair Grounds

Mon.

Jan. 21

103

15

 

$150,000

Smarty Jones

1 M

Oaklawn Park

Sat.

Jan. 26

98

14

III

$400,000

Holy Bull

1 1/16 M

Gulfstream Park

Sat.

Feb. 2

91

13

II

$200,000

Robert B. Lewis

1 1/16 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Feb. 2

91

13

III

$200,000

Sam F. Davis

1 1/16 M

Tampa Bay Downs

Sat.

Feb. 2

91

13

III

$200,000

Withers

1 1/16 M

Aqueduct

Sat.

Feb. 16

77

11

III

$200,000

El Camino Real Derby

1 1/8 M (S)

Golden Gate

Mon.

Feb. 18

75

11

III

$300,000

Southwest

1 1/16 M

Oaklawn Park

KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

First Leg of Series (Points: 50-20-10-5)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Feb. 23

70

10

II

$400,000

Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth

1 1/16 M

Gulfstream Park

Sat.

Feb. 23

70

10

II

$400,000

Risen Star

1 1/16 M

Fair Grounds

Sat.

Mar. 2

63

9

III

$400,000

Gotham

1 1/16 M

Aqueduct

Sat.

Mar. 9

56

8

II

$350,000

Tampa Bay Derby

1 1/16 M

Tampa Bay Downs

Sat.

Mar. 9

56

8

II

$300,000

San Felipe

1 1/16 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Mar. 16

49

7

II

$600,000

Rebel

1 1/16 M

Oaklawn Park

Sat.

Mar. 23

42

6

III

$550,000

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral

1 1/8 M (S)

Turfway Park

Sun.

Mar. 24

41

6

III

$800,000

Sunland Derby

1 1/8 M

Sunland Park

Second Leg of Series (Points: 100-40-20-10)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

I

$1,000,000

Besilu Stables Florida Derby

1 1/8 M

Gulfstream Park

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

II

$1,000,000

Louisiana Derby

1 1/8 M

Fair Grounds

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

II

$2,000,000

UAE Derby

1 3/16 M (S)

Meydan

Sat.

Apr. 6

28

4

I

$1,000,000

Wood Memorial

1 1/8 M

Aqueduct

Sun.

Apr. 6

28

4

I

$750,000

Santa Anita Derby

1 1/8 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Apr. 13

21

3

I

$1,000,000

Arkansas Derby

1 1/8 M

Oaklawn Park

Sat.

Apr. 13

21

3

I

$750,000

Toyota Blue Grass

1 1/8 M (S)

Keeneland

Wild Card (Points: 20-8-4-2)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Apr. 20

14

2

III

$200,000

Coolmore Lexington

1 1/16 M (S)

Keeneland

Sat.

Apr. 27

7

1

III

$175,000

Derby Trial

1 M

Churchill Downs

DD = Days until May 4 Kentucky Derby; WD = Weeks until May 4 Kentucky Derby; Gr. = Grade; M = Miles; Y = Yards; F = Furlongs; (T) = Turf; (S) = Synthetic

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