The Road to Kentucky Derby 2021 — after 11 prep races

The Road to Kentucky Derby 2021 — after 11 prep races
Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire

Life is Good continued to follow in the path of stablemate Authentic on the road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby with a win the Sham Stakes on Saturday.

The Bob Baffert trainee is one of several 3-year-olds making their first appearance on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard after picking up points in the Sham and the Jerome.

Eleven races into the 36-race calendar, here's a look at the races so far and the next several on the calendar, with this past weekend's races in bold type. 

Road to the Kentucky Derby - After 11 races

DateRaceTrackDistance1st-4th (points)
9/5IroquoisCD1 mileSittin On Go (10), Midnight Bourbon (4), Super Stock (2), Therideofalifetime (1)
9/26American PharoahSA1 1/16 milesGet Her Number (10), Rombauer (4), Spielberg (2), Waspirant (1)
10/3Breeders' FuturityKee1 1/16 milesEssential Quality (10), Keepmeinmind (4), Super Stock (2), Upstriker (1)
10/10ChampagneBel1 mileJackie's Warrior (10), Reinvestment Risk (4), Midnight Bourbon (2), Civil War (1)
11/6Breeders' Cup JuvenileKee1 1/16 milesEssential Quality (20), Hot Rod Charlie (8), Keepmeinmind (4), Jackie's Warrior (2)
11/28Kentucky Jockey ClubCD1 1/16 milesKeepmeinmind (10), Smiley Sobotka (4), Arabian Prince (2), Swill (1)
12/5RemsenAQU1 1/8 milesBrooklyn Strong (10), Ten for Ten (4), Known Agenda (2), Pickin' Time (1)
12/18Springboard MileRP1 mileSenor Buscador (0), Cowan (4), Red N Wild (0), Saffa's Day (0)
12/19Los Alamitos FuturityLRC1 1/16 milesSpielberg (10), The Great One (4), Petruchio (2), Red Flag (1)
1/1JeromeAQU1 mileCapo Kane (10), Eagle Orb (4), Hold the Salsa (2)
1/2ShamSA1 mileLife Is Good (10), Medina Spirit (4), Parnelli (2)
1/16LecomteFG1 1/16 miles 
1/22Smarty JonesOP1 mile 
1/30Holy BullGP1 1/16 miles 
1/30Robert B. LewisSA1 1/16 miles 
1/30WithersAQU1 1/16 miles 
2/6Sam F. DavisTam1 1/16 miles

Note: Senor Buscador (1st), Red N Wild (3rd) and Saffa’s Day (4th) did not accrue points in the Dec. 18 Springboard Mile because they competed with Lasix on race day. 

Essential Quality, winner of the Breeders' Futurity and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, remains at the top of the points list with 30 points. He also is the early favorite, at 8-1, in Las Vegas Derby futures.

Here are the points totals, with horses who earned points this past weekend in bold.

Road to the Kentucky Derby - Points leaders

RankHorsePtsTrainerStakes earnings*
1Essential Quality30Brad Cox$1,280,000
2Keepmeinmind18Robertino Diodoro$379,040
3Jackie's Warrior12Steve Asmussen$457,500
4Spielberg12Bob Baffert$206,000
5Get Her Number10Peter Miller$186,000
6Sittin On Go10Dale Romans$139,800
7Brooklyn Strong10Daniel Velazquez$82,500
8Capo Kane10Harold Wyner$82,500
9Life Is Good10Bob Baffert$60,000
10Hot Rod Charlie8Doug O'Neill$340,000
11Midnight Bourbon6Steve Asmussen$68,000
12Cowan4Steve Asmussen$290,477
13Rombauer4Michael McCarthy$120,500
14Reinvestment Risk4Chad Brown$120,000
15Super Stock4Steve Asmussen$59,000
16Ten for Ten4Shug McGaughey III$50,000
17The Great One4Doug O'Neill$40,500
18Smiley Sobotka4Dale Romans$38,400
19Eagle Orb4Rudy Rodriguez$30,000
20Medina Spirit4Bob Baffert$20,000
21Arabian Prince2Dallas Stewart$24,063
22Petruchio2Richard Mandella$24,000
23Waspirant2John Shirreffs$24,000
24Hold the Salsa2Richard Lugovich$19,125
25Swill2Brad Cox$18,600
26Known Agenda2Todd Pletcher$18,000
27Parnelli2John Shirreffs$12,000
28Pickin' Time1Kelly Breen$157,925
29Red Flag1John Shirreffs$72,000
30Therideofalifetime1Ignacio Correas IV$39,500
31Upstriker1Ron Moquett$20,000
32Civil War1Tom Albertrani$15,000

*Non-restricted stakes earnings

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