With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, the likely field is coming more into focus.
Word came Saturday that two on the points leaderboard were pulled from contention: Concert Tour and Crowded Trade, both of whom will aim toward the Preakness on May 15.
Earlier in the week, the connections of Panadol and Rombauer also decided to bypass the Run for the Roses.
Trainer Greg Foley told Horse Racing Nation that if O Besos made the cut, he would enter the race. Foley had his first Derby contender last year in Major Fed, who finished 10th.
Trainer Brad Cox told HRN Sunday Morning that no decision has been made for Caddo River.
And Dream Shake, No. 18 on the leaderboard, is questionable for the Derby. Trainer Peter Eurton told HRN on Friday that a decision probably would be made in the middle of this week.
The first three outside the top 20 are King Fury, Hockey Dad and Keepmeinmind.
Here is how the top 20 are shaping up, with trainers and points totals:
1. Essential Quality (Brad Cox, 140 points)
2. Hot Rod Charlie (Doug O'Neill, 110)
3. Super Stock (Steve Asmussen, 109)
4. Like the King (Wesley Ward, 104)
5. Known Agenda (Todd Pletcher, 102)
6. Rock Your World (John Sadler, 100)
7. Bourbonic (Pletcher, 100)
8. Medina Spirit (Bob Baffert, 74)
9. Midnight Bourbon (Asmussen, 66)
10. Mandaloun (Cox, 52)
11. Caddo River – possible (Cox, 50)
12. Highly Motivated (Chad Brown, 50)
13. Helium (Mark Casse, 50)
14. Soup and Sandwich (Casse, 40)
15. Dynamic One (Pletcher, 40)
16. Sainthood (Pletcher, 40)
17. Hidden Stash (Victoria Oliver, 32)
18. Dream Shake – possible (Peter Eurton, 30)
19. O Besos (Greg Foley, 25)
20. Get Her Number (Peter Miller, 20)
21. King Fury (Kenny McPeek, 20)
22. Keepmeinmind (Robertino Diodoro, 18)
23. Starrininmydreams (TBA, Dallas Stewart, 4)
Out of the race are: Rebel’s Romance (June 5 Belmont Stakes); Greatest Honour (rest); Life Is Good (ankle chip); Weyburn (May 8 Peter Pan); Panadol; Crowded Trade (May 8 Peter Pan or May 15 Preakness); Proxy; Rombauer (May 15 Preakness); Drain the Clock (shorter distances); New Treasure; Hozier; Hockey Dad; Spielberg (rest); and Jackie’s Warrior (May 1 Pat Day Mile).