Road to Kentucky Derby 2023: Standings after 21 points preps

Road to Kentucky Derby 2023: Standings after 21 points preps
Photo: Ben Breland / Eclipse Sportswire

The shakeups at the top of the Kentucky Derby 2023 leaderboard picked up steam Sunday with Angel of Empire's win in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds.

The race was the first of seven that award 100 points to the top five finishers on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis, virtually guaranteeing the winner as eligible for the Kentucky Derby on May 6. The trail also has eight races that grant 100 points to the winner and 200 overall.

Angel of Empire was one of three Risen Star entries by Brad Cox, and he had the longest odds of the trio at 13-1. The win was his third in five starts. He also picked up 4 Derby points with a second-place finish in the Smarty Jones.

The second- and third-place finishers in the Risen Star, Sun Thunder and Two Phil's, also moved into the top 10 on the leaderboard. Forte, who had been on top in the standings since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was bumped to No. 2

The next stop on the Derby trail is the Rebel (G2) on Saturday at Oaklawn, followed by the Gotham (G2, Aqueduct), San Felipe (G2, Santa Anita) and Fountain of Youth (G2, Gulfstream) on March 4. All offer 50 points to eligible winners.

Horses trained by Bob Baffert are not eligible to earn Derby points because of his suspension by Churchill Downs Inc. His horses must be transferred to an eligible trainer by Feb. 28 to be able to earn points. Baffert lost his effort to have that suspension overturned in a Friday federal court ruling.

Here is the updated Kentucky Derby 2023 leaderboard.


Rank HorsePoints  Trainer  Earnings *
  1Angel of Empire54Brad Cox   $287,000
  2Forte40Todd Pletcher$1,545,650
  3Instant Coffee32Brad Cox   $385,065
  4Sun Thunder24Kenny McPeek   $115,250
  5Two Phil's23Larry Rivelli   $235,850
  6Rocket Can20Bill Mott   $150,350
  7Hit Show20Brad Cox   $137,500
  8Litigate20Todd Pletcher   $120,000
  9Curly Jack17Tom Amoss   $348,120
10Blazing Sevens16Chad Brown   $411,000
11Arctic Arrogance16Linda Rice   $130,000
12Jace's Road15Brad Cox   $100,350
13Red Route One13Steve Asmussen   $219,375
14Victory Formation10Brad Cox   $152,750
15Dubyhnell10Danny Gargan   $137,500
16Practical Move10Tim Yakteen   $132,000
17Lugan Knight10Michael McCarthy     $82,500
 x-Chase the Chaos10Ed Moger Jr.     $81,000
18Tapit's Conquest10Brad Cox     $16,000
19General Banker  9James Ferraro     $48,000
20Shadow Dragon  8Bill Mott     $48,500
21Denington  8Kenny McPeek     $43,110
 x-Groveland  8Eoin Harty     $40,000
22Hayes Strike  7Kenny McPeek     $95,750
23Andiamo a Firenze  7Kelly Breen     $72,000
24Confidence Game  7Keith Desormeaux     $28,730
25Frosted Departure  6Kenny McPeek   $207,112
26West Coast Cowboy  6Saffie Joseph Jr.     $24,250
27Classic Car Wash  6Mark Casse     $20,000
28Single Ruler  5Keith Desormeaux       $8,000
29Verifying  4Brad Cox   $140,000
30Loggins  4Brad Cox   $106,500
31Honed  4Kenny McPeek     $65,700
32Legacy Isle  4Rohan Crichton     $40,325
33Raise Cain  4Ben Colebrook     $39,750
34Classic Legacy  4Bill Mott     $10,000
35Gulfport  3Steve Asmussen   $267,070
36Tuskegee Airmen  3John Servis     $90,000
 x-Echo Again  3Steve Asmussen     $46,625
37Determinedly  3Mark Casse     $20,500
 x-Harcyn  3Steve Sherman     $12,000
 x-Packs a Wahlop  2Jeff Mullins   $196,000
 x-Zydeceaux  2Ramon Minguet    $111,000
 x-Passarando  2Steven Specht     $64,450
 x-Prove Right  2James Chapman     $37,375
38Western Ghent  2D. Wayne Lukas     $35,110
 x-Gunflash  2Karl Broberg     $24,000
 x-Quick to Accuse  2Horacio De Paz     $15,000
39Il Miracolo  2Antonio Sano     $12,535
40Tall Boy  2Leandro Mora     $12,000
41Neural Network  2Chad Brown       $9,000
 x-Bromley  2Paulo Lobo       $4,000
 x-Andthewinnneris  1Wayne Catalano   $248,363
 x-Campfire Creed  1Danny Pish     $77,000
 x-How Did He Do That  1Steve Asmussen     $50,400
 x-Midnight Trouble  1Peter Walder     $35,000
 x-Man Child  1Ryan Hanson     $30,000
42Champions Dream  1Danny Gargan     $20,000
 * Non-restricted stakes   
 x-Not an early Triple Crown nominee  

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