2017 Road to the Kentucky Derby

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The 2017 Road to the Kentucky Derby was a series of races through which horses qualified for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, which was held on May 6. The field for the Derby was limited to 20 horses, with up to four 'also eligibles' in case of a late withdrawal from the field.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby gives points to the top four finishers in specified races. The 2017 season consisted of 35 races, 19 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 16 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season. Earnings in non-restricted stakes acted as a tie breaker. The races for the 2017 series were mostly the same as in the 2016 series, except that the Sam F. Davis stakes replaced the Iroquois Stakes.[1]

On September 12, 2016, Churchill Downs announced the introduction of a separate Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, which consisted of two races: the Cattleya Sho on November 26, 2016 and the Hyacinth on February 19, 2017. The winner of this series was offered one of the 20 positions available in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.[1] However, the offer was declined by the connections of the winner, Epicharis, and those of the two runners-up. Therefore, all 20 positions and the 'also eligibles' were determined through the regular Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Standings[edit]

The following table shows the points earned in the eligible races. Entries for the Kentucky Derby were taken on May 3.[2] The race was won by Always Dreaming.[3]

As of May 3, 2017
Rank[4] Horse Points Earnings[a] Trainer Owner Ref
1 Girvin 150 $849,800 Joe Sharp Brad Grady [5]
2 Classic Empire 132 $2,093,820 Mark Casse John C. Oxley [6]
3 Gormley 125 $884,000 John Shirreffs Jerry and Ann Moss [7]
4 Irap 113 $760,000 Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing [8]
5 Irish War Cry 110 $676,660 H. Graham Motion Isabelle de Tomaso [9]
6 Thunder Snow (IRE) 100 $1,621,063 Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing [10]
7 Always Dreaming 100 $589,000 Todd Pletcher Brooklyn Boyz Stables, MeB Racing, St Elias Stables et al. [11]
8 Gunnevera 84 $1,137,800 Antonio Sano Peacock Racing [12]
9 Practical Joke 74 $966,000 Chad Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence [13]
10 J Boys Echo 63 $305,000 Dale Romans Albaugh Family Stables [12]
11 State of Honor 62 $310,564 Mark Casse Conrad Farms [14]
injured[15] Mastery 60 $480,000 Bob Baffert Cheyenne Stables [8]
not nominated[16] Conquest Mo Money 60 $370,000 Miguel Hernandez Judge Lanier Racing [17]
12 Tapwrit 54 $325,570 Todd Pletcher Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred & Robert LaPenta [14]
bypass[18] Malagacy 50 $570,000 Todd Pletcher Sumaya U.S. Stable [19]
13 Hence 50 $401,129 Steve Asmussen Calumet Farm [20]
14[b] Fast and Accurate 50 $320,712 Michael Maker Kendall Hansen [21]
declined[c] Epicharis (JPN) 40 $851,195 Kiyoshi Hagiwara U Carrot Farm [23]
15 McCraken 40 $385,048 Ian Wilkes Whitham Thoroughbreds [24]
16 Battle of Midway 40 $224,000 Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms [25]
17 Patch 40 $200,000 Todd Pletcher Calumet Farm [26]
bypass[18] Battalion Runner 40 $140,000 Todd Pletcher St. Elias Stable [27]
bypass[28] Cloud Computing 40 $115,000 Chad Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence [29]
18 Untrapped 34 $210,000 Steve Asmussen Michael Langford [30]
19 Lookin At Lee 32 $428,600 Steve Asmussen L and N Racing [6]
injured[31] El Areeb 30 $330,000 Cathal Lynch M M G Stables [32]
20 Sonneteer 30 $236,000 J. Keith Desormeaux Calumet Farm [19]
21 Royal Mo 30 $213,000 John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss [33]
- Local Hero 30 $140,000 Steven M. Asmussen e Five Racing Thoroughbreds [5]
- Iliad 20 $220,000 Doug O'Neill Kaleem Shah [34]
22 Master Plan 20 $214,700 Todd Pletcher Al Shaqab Racing, Winstar Farm & China Horse Club [10]
- Blueridge Traveler 20 $95,000 Kenneth McPeek Horizon Stables [21]
injured[35] Not This Time 18 $430,210 Dale Romans Albaugh Family [36]
- Wild Shot 17 $132,200 George Arnold Calumet Farm [6]
- True Timber 16 $124,000 Kiaran McLaughlin Calumet Farm [32]
- Guest Suite 15 $144,040 Neil Howard Farish and Kilroy [30]
- Petrov 13 $195,000 Ron Moquett Rialto Racing & Southern Springs Stables [37]
- No Dozing 12 $126,500 Arnaud Delacour Lael Stables [6]
- Term of Art 11 $119,000 Doug O'Neill Calumet Farm [33]
- Uncontested 11 $99,300 Wayne Catalano Lapenta & Rosenblum [24]
- Lancaster Bomber 10 $417,430 Aidan O'Brien Tabor, Smith & Magnier [10]
One Liner 10 $300,000 Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & SF Racing [38]
- Mo Town 10 $188,000 Anthony W. Dutrow Magnier, Tabor, Smith, Team D [39]
- Senior Investment 10 $130,000 Kenneth McPeek Fern Circle Stables [40]
- Zakaroff 10 $120,000 Steven Specht Antone Metaxas [41]
- Three Rules 10 $142,240 Jose Pinchin Shade Tree Thoroughbreds [42]
euthanized[43] Reach the World 10 $50,000 Bob Baffert Don Alberto Stable [25]
- Convict Pike 10 $47,500 George R. Arnold Ashbrook Farm [21]
- Hollywood Handsome 10 $40,000 Dallas Stewart Mark H. Stanley [26]
- Talk Logistics 6 $60,100 Edward Plesa Jr. Hardway Stables [9]
Bonus Points 5 $52,500 Todd Pletcher Three Diamonds Farm [32]
- Action Everyday 5 $15,000 St. Elias Stable Todd Pletcher [9]
bypass[44] Klimt 4 $380,000 Bob Baffert Kaleem Shah [7]
- Hot Sean 4 $180,000 Bob Baffert Watson, Pegram & Weilman [12]
- Dangerfield 4 $171,500 Doug O'Neill WC Racing & Zayat Stables [12]
- Syndergaard 4 $160,000 Todd Pletcher Fein, McKenna, et al. [13]
- More Power to Him 4 $40,000 Faith Taylor Brett Mason [41]
- American Anthem 4 $23,000 Bob Baffert WinStar Farm, S F Bloodstock & China Horse Club [45]
- Warrior's Club 3 $27,528 Wayne Catalano Churchill Downs Racing Club [24]
- Straight Fire 2 $96,000 J. Keith Desormeaux Jungle Racing et al. [7]
- Recruiting Ready 2 $52,025 Horacio DePaz Sagamore Farm [36]
- Favorable Outcome 2 $50,345 Chad Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence [13]
- Rowdy the Warrior 2 $34,429 Donnie Von Hemel Robert Zoellner [37]
- Takaful 2 $31,500 Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable [39]
- Tribal Storm 2 $24,000 Ed Moger Jr. Curt and Lila Lanning [41]
- Win With Pride 2 $22,500 Todd Pletcher Repole & St Elias Stables [39]
- Takeoff 2 $20,000 Mark Casse John Oxley [30]
- Sheer Flattery 2 $18,000 Jerry Hollendorfer Barrow, Robertson & Hollendorfer [33]
- Big Hit 2 $12,000 Philip D'Amato Gary & Mary West [45]
- Midnight Pleasure 1 $54,000 Shelbe Ruis Ruis Racing [7]
Silver Dust 1 $54,857 Randy L. Morse Tom Durant [38]
- Big Gray Rocket 1 $25,000 Bob Baffert Frank Fletcher Racing [13]
- Ann Arbor Eddie 1 $32,000 Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing [41]
- Bobby Abu Dhabi 1 $18,000 Peter Miler Rockingham Ranch [8]
- Arklow 1 $8,000 Brad Cox Donegal Racing [30]
  • Winner of Kentucky Derby in bold
  • Entrants for Kentucky Derby in blue
  • "Also eligible" for Kentucky Derby in green
  • Sidelined/Inactive/No longer under Derby Consideration/Not nominated in gray

Prep season[edit]

Note: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point (except the Breeders' Cup Juvenile: 1st=20 points; 2nd=8 points; 3rd=4 points; 4th=2 point)

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Iroquois 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Churchill Downs Sep 17 2016 Not This Time Lookin At Lee Recruiting Ready Honor Thy Father [36]
FrontRunner 1-1/16 miles $300,000 Santa Anita Oct 1 2016 Gormley Klimt Straight Fire Midnight Pleasure [7]
Champagne 1-mile $300,000 Belmont Oct 8 2016 Practical Joke Syndergaard Favorable Outcome Big Gray Rocket [13]
Breeders' Futurity 1-1/16 miles $400,000 Keeneland Oct 8 2016 Classic Empire Lookin at Lee Wild Shot No Dozing [6]
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1-1/16 miles $2,000,000 Santa Anita Nov 5 2016 Classic Empire Not This Time Practical Joke Lookin at Lee [46]
Delta Downs Jackpot 1-1/16 miles $1,000,000 Delta Downs Nov 19 2016 Gunnevera Hot Sean Dangerfield J Boys Echo [12]
Remsen 1-1/8 miles $300,000 Aqueduct Nov 26 2016 Mo Town No Dozing Takaful Win With Pride [39]
Kentucky Jockey Club 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Churchill Downs Nov 26 2016 McCraken Wild Shot Warrior's Club Uncontested [24]
Los Alamitos Futurity 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Los Alamitos Dec 10 2016 Mastery Irap Dangerfield Bobby Abu Dhai [8]
Jerome 1-mile 70 yards $200,000 Aqueduct Jan 2 2017 El Areeb Bonus Points True Timber Win With Pride [32]
Sham 1-mile $100,000 Santa Anita Jan 7 2017 Gormley American Anthem Big Hit Bird Is The Word [45]
Smarty Jones 1-mile $150,000 Oaklawn Jan 16 2017 Uncontested Petrov Rowdy the Warrior Warrior's Club [37]
Lecomte 1-mile 70 yards $200,000 Fair Grounds Jan 21 2017 Guest Suite Untrapped Takeoff Arklow [30]
Holy Bull 1-1/16 miles $350,000 Gulfstream Feb 4 2017 Irish War Cry Gunnevera Classic Empire Talk Logistics [9]
Withers 1-1/16 miles $200,000 Aqueduct Feb 4 2017 El Areeb True Timber J Boys Echo Bonus Points [47]
Robert B. Lewis 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Santa Anita Feb 4 2017 Royal Mo Irap Sheer Flattery Term of Art [33]
Sam F. Davis Stakes 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Tampa Bay Feb 11 2017 McCraken Tapwrit State of Honor Wild Shot [14]
El Camino Real Derby 1-1/8 miles $200,000 Golden Gate Feb 18 2017 Zakaroff More Power to Him Tribal Storm Ann Arbor Eddie[d] [41]
Southwest 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Oaklawn Feb 20 2017 One Liner Petrov Lookin At Lee Silver Dust [38]

Championship series[edit]

First leg of series[edit]

Note: 1st=50 points; 2nd=20 points; 3rd=10 points; 4th=5 points

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Risen Star 1-1/16 miles $400,000 Fair Grounds Feb 25 2017 Girvin Untrapped Local Hero Guest Suite [5]
Fountain of Youth 1-1/16 miles $400,000 Gulfstream Mar 4 2017 Gunnevera Practical Joke Three Rules Talk Logistics [42]
Gotham 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Aqueduct Mar 4 2017 J Boys Echo Cloud Computing El Areeb Action Everyday [29]
Tampa Bay Derby 1-1/16 miles $350,000 Tampa Bay Mar 11 2017 Tapwrit State of Honor Wild Shot No Dozing [48]
San Felipe 1-1/16 miles $300,000 Santa Anita Mar 11 2017 Mastery Iliad Term of Art Gormley [34]
Rebel 1-1/16 miles $900,000 Oaklawn Mar 18 2017 Malagacy Sonneteer Untrapped Petrov [19]
Spiral 1-1/8 miles $500,000 Turfway Mar 25 2017 Fast and Accurate Blueridge Traveler Convict Pike Kitten's Cat [21]
Sunland Derby 1-1/8 miles $800,000 Sunland Park Mar 26 2017 Hence Conquest Mo Money Hedge Fund Irap [20]

Second leg of series[edit]

These races are the major preps for the Kentucky Derby, and are thus weighted more heavily. Note: 1st=100 points; 2nd=40 points; 3rd=20 points; 4th=10 points

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
UAE Derby 1,900 metres
~1-3/16 miles
$2,000,000 Meydan Mar 25 2017 Thunder Snow (IRE) Epicharis (JPN) Master Plan Lancaster Bomber [10]
Louisiana Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Fair Grounds Apr 1 2017 Girvin Patch Local Hero Hollywood Handsome [26]
Florida Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Gulfstream Apr 1 2017 Always Dreaming State of Honor Gunnevera Impressive Edge [11]
Wood Memorial 1-1/8 miles $750,000 Aqueduct Apr 8 2017 Irish War Cry Battalion Runner Cloud Computing True Timber [27]
Blue Grass Stakes 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Keeneland Apr 8 2017 Irap Practical Joke McCraken J Boys Echo [49]
Santa Anita Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Santa Anita Apr 8 2017 Gormley Battle of Midway Royal Mo Reach the World [25]
Arkansas Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Oaklawn Park Apr 15 2017 Classic Empire Conquest Mo Money Lookin At Lee Sonneteer [17]
"Wild Card"

Note: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Lexington 1-1/8 miles $200,000 Keeneland Apr 15 2017 Senior Investment West Coast No Dozing Time to Travel [40]

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby[edit]

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby is intended to provide a place in the Derby starting gate to the top finisher in the series. If the connections of that horse decline the invitation, their place is offered to the second-place finisher and if necessary to the third-place finisher. If neither of the top three accept, this place in the starting gate reverts to the 20th-place finisher on the regular road to the Derby.[1] For 2017, the top three-finishers in the Japan Road declined the offer.[16]

Rank Horse Points Trainer Owner Ref
1 Epicharis 50 Kiyoshi Hagiwara U Carrot Farm [23]
2 Mont Saint Legame 40 Koji Maki Shinichi Yamashita [50]
3 Adirato 20 Naosuke Sugai Koji Yasuhara [23]
4 Caucus 16 Hideaki Fujiwara Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum [50]
5 Hypernova 10 Hiroyuki Oneda Junzo Miyakawa [23]
6 Blanc Eclat 8 Ryo Takei KT Racing [50]
7 Foggy Night 5 Noriyuki Hori Kaneko Makoto Holdings [23]
8 Lavapies 4 Ryuki Okubo Silk Racing [50]
Race Distance Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Cattleya Sho 1,600 m (about 1 mile) Tokyo Racecourse Nov 26 2016 Mont Saint Legame Caucus Blanc Eclat Lavapies [50]
Hyacinth 1,600 m (about 1 mile) Tokyo Racecourse Feb 19, 2017 Epicharis Adirato Hyper Nova Foggy Night [23]

Note: Cattleya Sho: 1st=40 points; 2nd=16 points; 3rd=8 points; 4th=4 points Note: Hyacinth: 1st=50 points; 2nd=20 points; 3rd=10 points; 4th=5 points

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Earnings from non-restricted stakes prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby serve as a tie-breaker.
  2. ^ Although not Triple Crown nominated, the owner of Fast and Accurate paid a late supplement fee of $200,000[16]
  3. ^ Although Epicharis also automatically qualified via the separate Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, the horse returned to Japan[22]
  4. ^ Disqualified from 2nd to 4th

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