The Road to Kentucky Derby 2021 — after 12 prep races

The Road to Kentucky Derby 2021 — after 12 prep races
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We're now one-third of the way through the road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby, and there's a new No. 3 on the leaderboard.

Saturday's Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds offered Derby points on a 10-4-2-1 bases, vaulting winner Midnight Bourbon to No. 3 on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard from No. 11. The next three finishers — Proxy, Mandaloun and Santa Cruiser — make their first appearance on the list.

Twelve 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 race 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 milesMidnight Bourbon (10), Proxy (4), Mandaloun (2), Santa Cruiser (1)
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 retains the top spot on the leaderboard. We could see him next in the Feb. 13 Risen Star (G2), which offers 50-20-10-5 points, or the (G2) or the Feb. 15 Southwest (G3), at 10-4-2-1.

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
3Midnight Bourbon16Steve Asmussen$190,000
4Jackie's Warrior12Steve Asmussen$457,500
5Spielberg12Bob Baffert$206,000
6Get Her Number10Peter Miller$186,000
7Sittin On Go10Dale Romans$139,800
8Brooklyn Strong10Daniel Velazquez$82,500
9Capo Kane10Harold Wyner$82,500
10Life Is Good10Bob Baffert$60,000
11Hot Rod Charlie8Doug O'Neill$340,000
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
18Proxy4Mike Stidham$40,000
19Smiley Sobotka4Dale Romans$38,400
20Eagle Orb4Rudy Rodriguez$30,000
21Medina Spirit4Bob Baffert$20,000
22Arabian Prince2Dallas Stewart$28,063
23Petruchio2Richard Mandella$24,000
24Waspirant2John Shirreffs$24,000
25Mandaloun2Brad Cox$20,000
26Hold the Salsa2Richard Lugovich$19,125
27Swill2Brad Cox$18,600
28Known Agenda2Todd Pletcher$18,000
29Parnelli2John Shirreffs$12,000
30Pickin' Time1Kelly Breen$157,925
31Red Flag1John Shirreffs$72,000
32Therideofalifetime1Ignacio Correas IV$39,500
33Upstriker1Ron Moquett$20,000
34Civil War1Tom Albertrani$15,000
35Santa Cruiser1Keith Desormeaux$8,000

*Non-restricted stakes earnings

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