- Classic Empire
- Fact Finding
In what is the race of the weekend 2 of the hottest 3 year olds will compete for the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Last time the met Classic Empire was far superior, Gunnevera (Dialed In) likes to get back a long way in his races and finished hard, but in the last 2 furlongs he was having trouble making ground on Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile). The danger to both is the unbeaten Fact Finding (The Factor) trained by the King of Gulfstream Park Todd Pletcher.
Gunnevera has been back on the track since then and proved very impressive at Delta Downs.
Classic Empire has only ever been beaten once, that involved him losing the jockey at the start, he looks safe here, and is the early favourite for the Kentucky Derby.
This is a big weekend on the road to the Kentucky Derby with 3 important races, the contest will get under way in earnest tomorrow but here are the current standings.
Kentucky Derby 2017 point standings
Leader board for qualifying points to the 2017 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 6, 2016. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated Kentucky Derby prep races. Earnings in non-restricted stakes races serve as a tie-breaker.
|Rank||Horse||Trainer||Points||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings|
|1||Classic Empire||Mark Casse||30||$1,149,250|
|3||Practical Joke||Chad Brown||14||$690,000|
|6||Lookin at Lee||Steve Asmussen||10||$275,600|
|8||Mo Town||Tony Dutrow||10||$180,000|
|10||El Areeb||Cathal Lynch||10||$150,000|
|11||Guest Suite||Neil Howard||10||128,040|
|12||Wild Shot||Rusty Arnold II||6||$87,200|
|13||No Dozing||Arnaud Delacour||5||$85,000|
|15||Hot Sean||Bob Baffert||4||$180,000|
|20||Bonus Points||Todd Pletcher||4||$40,000|
|22||American Anthem||Bob Baffert||4||$20,000|
|23||Warrior’s Club||D. Wayne Lukas||3||$26,100|
|24||Straight Fire||Keith Desormeaux||2||$96,000|
|25||Favorable Outcome||Chad Brown||2||$50,345|
|26||Recruiting Ready||Horacio DePaz||2||$43,750|
|27||Rowdy the Warrior||Donnie Von Hemel||2||$33,100|
|29||Win With Pride||Todd Pletcher||2||$22,500|
|31||True Timber||Kiaran McLaughlin||2||$15,000|
|32||Big Hit||Phil D’Amato||2||$12,000|
|33||Midnight Pleasure||Craig Dollase||1||$54,000|
|34||J Boys Echo||Dale Romans||1||$50,000|
|35||Big Gray Rocket||Bob Baffert||1||$25,000|
|36||Bobby Abu Dhabi||Peter Miller||1||$18,000|
|37||Honor Thy Father||Kenny McPeek||1||$16,203|
|39||Bird Is The Word||G.F. Almeida||1||$6,000|
|JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY|
|1||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)||Koji Maki||40||$90,154|
|2||Caucus (JPN)||Hideaki Fujiwara||16||$35,850|
|3||Blane Eclat||Ryo Takei||8||$22,340|
|4||Lavapies (JPN)||Ryuji Okubo||4||$52,163|