Kentucky Derby 2020 update: 20 horse field still possible

Kentucky Derby 2020 update: 20 horse field still possible
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The Kentucky Derby 2020 field is coming into picture, but it is still difficult to tell if there will be a full gate of 20 runners or less than that.  At least 20 horses have entered the Derby every year since 2003. 

Right now, there are 16 horses where the connections have indicated they intend to run in the Derby. Those are: Tiz the Law, Authentic, Art Collector, Honor A. P., Ny Traffic, King Guillermo, Thousand Words, Dr Post, Max Player, Caracaro, Enforceable, Major Fed, Attachment Rate, Sole Volante, Finnick the Fierce and Necker Island.

 [Related: Derby Top 5 – Tiz the Law the best, but others can win]

Of those 16 intending to run, only Necker Island lacks the sufficient points to get into the field. He currently ranks 23rd, but several horses ranked above him likely will not run. 

Horses expected to run in Derby (16)

Horse Points Last race / Status
Tiz the Law372 1st, Travers Stakes 
Authentic 200 1st, Haskell Stakes 
Art Collector 150 1st, Ellis Park Derby 
Honor A. P. 140 2nd, Shared Belief 
Ny Traffic 110 2nd, Haskell Stakes 
King Guillermo 90 2nd, Arkansas Derby 
Thousand Words 83 1st, Shared Belief 
Dr Post 80 3rd, Haskell Stakes 
Max Player 60 3rd, Travers Stakes 
Caracaro 60 2nd, Travers Stakes 
Enforceable 43 4th, Blue Grass Stakes 
Major Fed 38 2nd, Indiana Derby 
Attachment Rate 35 2nd, Ellis Park Derby 
Sole Volante 30 6th, Belmont Stakes 
Finnick the Fierce 25 7th, Blue Grass Stakes 
Necker Island 14 3rd, Ellis Park Derby 

In addition, the connections for 12 horses have said the Derby is still a consideration. Listed in order of Derby points, they are:

Horses still under Derby consideration (12)

HorsePointsStatus
Swiss Skydiver 40

Runs in Alabama Saturday; Oaks is first choice, Derby only a possibility

Shivaree407th in Travers; decision pending
Rushie 403rd in Blue Grass; decision pending; costs $45,000 to supplement
Storm the Court 362nd in La Jolla on turf in last; decision likely next week
Pneumatic 25Entered in Pegasus Saturday 
Uncle Chuck 206th in Travers; Baffert said "no plans yet" on Tuesday
Winning Impression207th in Ellis Derby; Dallas Stewart said a decision would be made next week. 
Jesus' Team10Entered in Pegasus 
Kiss Today Goodbye10 Going to try turf next, Derby is "very unlikely"
Shirl's Speight Under consideration 
Happy Saver 0Not under consideration at this time, could change if the field changes
Money Moves 0Not under consideration at this time, that could change if the field changes

Of the 12 horses still under consideration:

• Shirl's Speight is undefeated in two starts in Canada on turf and synthetic, but trainer Roger Attfield noted that there would be concerns about shipping to the U.S.

• Rushie, who was third in the Blue Grass, would need to be supplemented to the race for $45,000, which is in addition to $25,000 to enter and $25,000 to start. Trainer Michael McCarthy said that it's his decision to make.

• Storm the Court hasn't won in five starts since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But owner David Bernsen indicated that he's confident Storm the Court would get the Derby distance. "I have always felt since day one he is a stayer who has a long sustained run and his future may well be 1 1/2 miles on the grass, but there is one thing for sure, his getting 1 1/4 miles in the Kentucky Derby won't be an issue so that is half the battle."

Horses ruled out recently

• Brad Cox said that Shared Sense would not run in the Derby and be pointed to a fall campaign.

• Anneau d'Or will not run in the Derby.  "He'll go to pasture a little while," said trainer Blaine Wright.

• Trainer Bill Mott said that he hadn't spoken to the owners yet, but South Bend, who was fourth in the Travers, would likely be pointed for the Jim Dandy.

• Country Grammer was ruled out of the Derby by trainer Chad Brown.

• Rowdy Yates, who was fourth in the Ellis Park Derby, would be shipped to Remington Park and may be pointed to the Oklahoma Derby, according to owner Michael Levinson.

Below is the list of 16 horses expected to run along with Shirl's Speight, for a total of 17.

Note: Includes additional reporting from Carolyn Greer and Ron Flatter.

2020 Kentucky Derby (G1)

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