It’s time to get the 2020 Kentucky Derby pencils out and beging tracking the races and the horses that will make the day what it always has been… a great day of racing!
The schedule and points for qualifying has been set and we will follow these for you all season long.
This is the Pennsylvania Derby which is not one of the races that gives points for the Derby but it has ignificance later in the season as many of these horses will meet again later in the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The Pennsyvania Derby is a Grade 1 race that has a $1m purse and is the signature race at Parx Racing. This race has a scheduled post time for 5:48 p.m. ET and is the 11 race of 12 on the card.
Let’s look at the contender by post: UPDATED 9/18/19
Math Wizard (6-1) is the son of Algorithms and came close in Ohio and Indiana, he has been in a drought since last January as far as winning. This is his first race at the Grade 1 level. Don’t look for him to compete.
Improbable (8-5) is trained by Bob Baffert who is looking for his fourth win at this event and his third in a row. As a 3-year-old, this horse has one win and several others he was a place winner. He has a shot to win.
At 30-1, Shanghai Superfly has entered but doesn’t appear ready to run with this level of competion. Not close.
War of Will (4-1) won the Preakness and is capable every time out to reach the winners circle. Trainer Mark Casse gave the horse some time off and could become a live longshot in this race. Capable longshot and good value bet.
Spun to Run is the son of Hard Spun and has 8-1 odds to win. He won the G3 Smarty Jones and third at the Haskell Invitational. Trained by Carlos Guerrero, this horse has home track advantage going for it and may be a force. Look for this horse to squeak through for money.
Mr. Money has a four race win streak on the line but all from the Grade 3 variety. In these, he was impressive but not the level seen here. This is a tough horse and good enough at 2-1 odds.
Maximum Security at 9-5 odds is the favorite to win. This horse has won three Grade 1 races this year and continues to improve each time out. This is a sophomore star and will be helped by the outside post position. Top choice.
Maximum Security, who was diagnosed with a large colon nephrosplenic entrapment following his Monday workout and will scratch from Saturday’s race.
Summation- With the scratch of the favorite in this race, it becomes more wide open
Finish: Improbable, Mr. Money, War of Will, , Spun to Run
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KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE
RACE TRACK DATE POINTS
Santa Anita Park Sep 27, 2019
Belmont Park Oct 5, 2019
Breeders Futurity Keeneland Oct 5, 2019
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park Nov 1, 2019
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 30, 2019
Remsen Aqueduct Dec 1, 2019
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 7, 2019
Springboard Mile Remington Park Dec 15, 2019
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 1, 2020
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 4, 2020
Lecomte Fair Grounds Jan 18, 2020
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 24, 2020
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 1, 2020
Withers Aqueduct Feb 1, 2020
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Feb 1, 2020
Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs Feb 9, 2020
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 15, 2020
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 15, 2020
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 17, 2020
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Feb 21, 2020
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 29, 2020
Condition Stakes Kempton Park Mar 4, 2020
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 7, 2020
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 7, 2020
Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park Mar 7, 2020
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 7, 2020
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 14, 2020
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Mar 21, 2020
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 28, 2020
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Mar 2, 2020
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 4, 2020
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 4, 2020
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 4, 2020
Lexington Keeneland Apr 11, 2020
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 11, 2020
- Dennis’Moment 10 pts
- Scabbard 4 pts
- Lebeda 2 pts
- Lemeno 1 pt.
Iroquois Churchill Downs Sep 14, 2019
Results (Points) 10 Dennis’ Moment 4 Scabbard 2 Lebda 1 Lemeno