Kentucky Derby 2015: Updated Field, Contenders & Top 20

American Pharoah

American Pharoah won the 2014 Del Mar Futurity and is the gambling favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd. (TVG Network/YouTube)

With the running of the Lexington Stakes and Arkansas Derby, the Road to the 2015 Kentucky Derby officially concluded on Saturday.

The 35-race series began in September and awarded points to the top four finishers in each of the Derby’s prep races. The mile-and-a-quarter “Run for the Roses” has been limited to a 20-horse field since 1975. At least 20 horses have been entered — although not all have run — in 14 of the last 16 years.

After Saturday, here is how the top 20 in the points standings looks:


Ranking: Horse: Points: Owner: Trainer:
1 International Star 171 Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Mike Maker
2 Dortmund 170 Kaleem Shah, Inc. Bob Baffert
3 Carpe Diem 164 WinStar Farm, LLC & Stonestreet Stables LLC Todd Pletcher
4 American Pharoah 160 Zayat Stables Bob Baffert
5 Frosted 113 Godolphin Kiaran McLaughlin
6 Mubtaahij 100 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock
7 Materiality 100 Alto Racing, LLC Todd Pletcher
8 El Kabeir 95 Zayat Stables John Terranova II
9 Upstart 76 Ralph M. Evans Rick Violette Jr.
10 Far Right 62 H T Rosenblum and R V LaPenta Ron Moquett
11 Itsaknockout 60 Starlight Racing Todd Pletcher
12 Firing Line 58 Arnold Zetcher Simon Callaghan
13 Danzig Moon 45 John C. Oxley Mark Casse
14 War Story 44 Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable, Inc. Tom Amoss
15 Tencendur 41 Philip S. Birsh George Weaver
16 One Lucky Dane 40 Michael Lund Petersen Bob Baffert
17 Stanford 40 Stonestreet Stables LLC Todd Pletcher
18 Mr. Z 34 Zayat Stables D. Wayne Lukas
19 Ocho Ocho Ocho 30 DP Racing, LLC Jim Cassidy
20 Bolo 30 Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. & Mack Carla Gaines
21 Madefromlucky 30 Cheyenne Stables LLC & Mac Nichol Todd Pletcher

Notes:
– If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races. Because of this, Bolo currently owns the tie-breaker over Madefromlucky for the 20th and final spot in the Kentucky Derby field.

– Dubai Sky, Maftool, Ami’s Flatter are horses in the top 20, but are not projected to run in the Kentucky Derby. Prospect Park, also tied for 20th, is not projected to run, either.


American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby, Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby and Carpe Diem in the Bluegrass Stakes all looked strong in their final Derby prep races. The three should be the top choices on the first weekend of May, especially American Pharoah and Dortmund. The next tier of horses includes: International Star — the 2015 points leader entering the Derby — Frosted, Mubtaahi and Far Right — who ran 2nd to American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby.

Both Todd Pletcher (four) and Bob Baffert (three) currently have the most horses in the projected 20-horse field. Barring circumstances, Bolo looks to crack the top 20 over Madefromlucky. This would have given Pletcher five horses — a quarter of the field — in the Derby.

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 2nd at Churchill Downs and will be broadcast on NBC.




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