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.

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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

 

 

ROAD TO THE

KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

RACE TRACK DATE POINTS

 

Road to Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah Stakes

Santa Anita Park Sep 27, 2019
10-4-2-1

 

Derby qualifier

Champagne Stakes

Belmont Park Oct 5, 2019
10-4-2-1

 

 

Breeders Futurity Keeneland Oct 5, 2019
10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park Nov 1, 2019
10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 30, 2019
10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct Dec 1, 2019
10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 7, 2019
10-4-2-1
Springboard Mile Remington Park Dec 15, 2019
10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 1, 2020
10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 4, 2020
10-4-2-1
Lecomte Fair Grounds Jan 18, 2020
10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 24, 2020
10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 1, 2020
10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct Feb 1, 2020
10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Feb 1, 2020
10-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs Feb 9, 2020
10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 15, 2020
10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 15, 2020
50-20-10-5
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 17, 2020
10-4-2-1
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Feb 21, 2020
50-20-10-5
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 29, 2020
50-20-10-5
Condition Stakes Kempton Park Mar 4, 2020
20-8-4-2
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 7, 2020
50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 7, 2020
50-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park Mar 7, 2020
20-8-4-2
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 7, 2020
50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 14, 2020
50-20-10-5
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Mar 21, 2020
100-40-20-10
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 28, 2020
100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Mar 2, 2020
100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 4, 2020
100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 4, 2020
100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 4, 2020
100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 11, 2020
30-8-4-2
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 11, 2020
100-40-2-10

Race Standings

  1. Dennis’Moment 10 pts
  2. Scabbard  4 pts
  3. Lebeda   2 pts
  4. Lemeno  1 pt.

Completed Races

Iroquois Churchill Downs Sep 14, 2019
Results (Points)  10 Dennis’ Moment  4 Scabbard  2 Lebda  1 Lemeno