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The updated "Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com" Leaderboard following Saturday's Rebel at Oaklawn Park. Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who boasts a 45-4-1-5 in the Derby, looks to add to his total of record starters after Will Take Charge and Oxbow ran 1-2 in the Rebel – separated by a head. Will Take Charge, who earned 10 points for his Smarty Jones victory, added another 50 to take the overall lead in the standings with 60 points. Oxbow garnered 20 points to jump to 36 overall, which is ranks sixth in the standings. Den's Legacy was third, which was good for 10 points and 20 overall (ranked No. 11). Texas Bling earned five points for fourth and is now No. 26 with nine points overall.

The series continues next weekend with Saturday's Spiral from Turfway Park and Sunday's Sunland Derby in New Mexico. The two races conclude the First Leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. Points will be awarded on a 100-40-20-10 scale for Leg 2, which begins March 30.

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The "Road to the Kentucky Derby" is a 36-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners nominated to the Triple Crown will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 139th running of the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 4. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds every year since 2004, and 12 of the last 14 years. 

Rank

Horse

Points

Owner(s)

Trainer

Non-Restricted

Stakes Earnings

1.

Will Take Charge

60

Willis D. Horton

D. Wayne Lukas

$512,971

2.

Vyjack

50

Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld)

Rudy Rodriguez

$405,000

3.

Orb

50

Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps)

Shug McGaughey III

$240,000

4.

Verrazano

50

Let's Go Stable (Kevin Scatuorchio & Bryan Sullivan),

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Todd Pletcher

$210,000

5.

Hear the Ghost

50

Halo Farms (Ted Aroney) or Jerry Hollendorfer

Jerry Hollendorfer

$195,400

6.

Oxbow

36

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

D. Wayne Lukas

$316,000

7.

Flashback

30

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$180,000

8.

Goldencents

29

W.C. Racing (Josh Kaplan & Glenn Sorgenstein), Dave Kenney & RAP Racing (Rick Pitino)

Doug O'Neill

$758,000

9.

Shanghai Bobby

24

Starlight Racing (Jack & Laurie Wolf & Donald & Barbara Lucarelli et al), Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Todd Pletcher

$1,731,000

10.

Java's War

22

Charles Fipke

Ken McPeek

$201,772

11.

Den's Legacy

20

Westrock Stables LLC (Scott & Joe Ford)

Bob Baffert

$325,000

12.

Falling Sky

20

Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello & Joseph Bulger

John Terranova II

$157,500

13.

West Hills Giant

20

Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables, Bentivegna

John Terranova II

$89,000

14.

Code West

20

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$80,000

15.

Dynamic Sky

13

John C. Oxley

Mark Casse

$289,168

16.

Speak Logistics

11

Hardway Stables, Inc. (Ralph Nabavi)

Eddie Plesa Jr.

$52,500

17.

Itsmyluckyday

10

Trilogy Stable (Marion Montanari & David Melin) & Laurie Plesa

Eddie Plesa Jr.

$393,600

18.

Overanalyze

10

Repole Stable (Mike Repole)

Todd Pletcher

$308,381

19.

Uncaptured

10

John C. Oxley

Mark Casse

$292,374

20.

Super Ninety Nine

10

Tanma Corporation (Susan Chu)

Bob Baffert

$218,000

21.

Power Broker

10

Gary & Mary West

Bob Baffert

$210,000

22.

Revolutionary

10

WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt)

Todd Pletcher

$120,000

t-23.

Elnaawi

10

Shadwell Stable (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Kiaran McLaughlin

$40,000

t-23.

Palace Malice

10

Dogwood Stable, Inc. (W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell)

Todd Pletcher

$40,000

25.

Tiz a Minister

10

S. A. Y. Racing, LLC

Paul Aguirre

$36,000

26.

Texas Bling

9

Hall's Family Trust (Lewis A. Hall)

Danele Durham

$241,200

27.

Siete de Oros

7

Ramon Preciado

Ramon Preciado

$80,000

28.

He's Had Enough

6

Reddam Racing LLC (J. Paul Reddam)

Doug O'Neill

$442,000

29.

Fear the Kitten

6

Frank Irvin

Mike Maker

$84,890

30.

Tesseron

5

Donver Stable (Donna & Vern Dubinsky)

Josie Carroll

$49,017

31.

Capo Bastone

4

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Wellman et al)

Todd Pletcher

$246,000

32.

Normandy Invasion

4

Fox Hill Farms Inc. (Rick Porter)

Chad Brown

$58,000

33.

Golden Soul

4

Charles Fipke

Dallas Stewart

$44,000

34.

Escapefromreality

4

MeB Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony & Mary Bonomo)

Dominick Schettino

$41,334

35.

Frac Daddy

4

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners (Carter Stewart)

Ken McPeek

$40,596

36.

Fortify

3

Godolphin (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum et al)

Mahmood Al Zarooni

$225,000

37.

Mylute

2

GoldMark Farm, LLC (T. Paul Bulmahn) & Whisper Hill Farm (Amanda Pope)

Tom Amoss

$163,365

38.

Carving

2

Jill Baffert & Bode Miller

Bob Baffert

$145,750

39.

Clearly Now

2

Irma Desrochers & Leonard Zenith

Brian Lynch

$145,086

40.

Heaven's Runway

2

K.K. Jayaraman & V. Devi Jayaraman

Joseph Martin

$111,198

41.

My Name Is Michael

2

Watchel Stable, Barry Butzer & Dominion Bloodstock

Bill Mott

$50,171

42.

Always in a Tiz

2

MeB Stables LLC (Mary Ellen Bonomo) & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony Bonomo Sr.)

Dominick Schettino

$39,000

43.

Delhomme

2

WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt) & Twin Creeks Racing (Randy Gullatt & Steve Davison et al)

Todd Pletcher

$27,000

44.

Dewey Square

2

Siena Farms, LLC (Anthony Manganaro)

Dale Romans

$16,298

45.

Manando

2

Kaleem Shah Inc.

Bob Baffert

$12,000

46.

Pataky Kid

1

Swifty Farms Inc. (Don & Dana Myers)

Tom Proctor

$110,714

47.

Amerigo Vespucci

1

Aldie Germania Farms Inc.

Timothy Tullock Jr.

$70,000

48.

Dry Summer

1

Michael Britt or Sam House

Joel Marr

$66,000

49.

Joshua's Comprise

1

Rose Family Stable

Barry Rose

$56,000

50.

Quinzieme Monarque

1

John M.B. O'Connor

Tom Albertrani

$20,000

51.

Channel Isle

1

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

D. Wayne Lukas

$15,000

52.

Little Jerry

1

Jaam Racing, Inc. (Jason Tackitt) & Riley Racing Stable (Jerry Fialkowski)

Richard Baltas

$12,000

 

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON POINTS EARNED THIS WEEK: 

Race

1st (Points)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Rebel

Will Take Charge (50)

Oxbow (20)

Den's Legacy (10)

Texas Bling (5)

NOT TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATED – Joha (10 points); Steeler-IRE (10), River Seven (10), Dice Flavor (10), Artigiano (4), Nina's Dragon (4), Indiano Jones (2), Al Waab-IRE (2), Counting Days (2), Hightail (1), Five Iron (1), Birdman-IRE (1), Archwarrior (1) & Stormy Holiday (1)

SIDELINED/INACTIVE/OFF TRAIL – Ive Struck a Nerve (51 points); Violence (30); Majestic Hussar (5); Bern Identity (4); Know More (4) & Fury Kapcori (4)

TIEBREAKERS – If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races.

FILLIES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she'll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings and be nominated to the Triple Crown. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series against open company will be credited to her point total in the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series.

DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a dead-heat (tie) in a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.

SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.

SCHEDULE CHANGES – No changes to the 2013 schedule are planned at this time. Churchill Downs officials will review which races will be included in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series annually. Plans call for the schedule of races to be announced each July.

NOMINATIONS – Horses born in 2010 were made eligible to run in this year's Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown with a $600 early payment that was due Jan. 26, 2013. A late period for nominations at $6,000 each will close Saturday, March 23, 2013. In addition to the Triple Crown nomination fee, owners must pay $25,000 to enter the Derby by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and an additional $25,000 to start. If there are less than 24 Triple Crown nominees entered, a horse may be supplemented for $200,000.

POST POSITION DRAW – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw – a traditional "pill pull" in which horses' entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from the starting gate – will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET (Live on NBC Sports Network). Up to 24 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as "also eligible" and would be ranked in order accordingly; they could draw into the field should any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. ET.

PRIZE MONEY – The Kentucky Derby winner will receive a gold trophy plus an estimated $1.24 million payday. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to the runner-up, $200,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth and $60,000 to fifth.

KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

First Leg of Series (Points: 50-20-10-5)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Feb. 23

70

10

II

$400,000

Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth

1 1/16 M

Gulfstream Park

Sat.

Feb. 23

70

10

II

$400,000

Risen Star

1 1/16 M

Fair Grounds

Sat.

Mar. 2

63

9

III

$400,000

Gotham

1 1/16 M

Aqueduct

Sat.

Mar. 9

56

8

II

$350,000

Tampa Bay Derby

1 1/16 M

Tampa Bay Downs

Sat.

Mar. 9

56

8

II

$300,000

San Felipe

1 1/16 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Mar. 16

49

7

II

$600,000

Rebel

1 1/16 M

Oaklawn Park

Sat.

Mar. 23

42

6

III

$550,000

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral

1 1/8 M (S)

Turfway Park

Sun.

Mar. 24

41

6

III

$800,000

Sunland Derby

1 1/8 M

Sunland Park

Second Leg of Series (Points: 100-40-20-10)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

I

$1,000,000

Besilu Stables Florida Derby

1 1/8 M

Gulfstream Park

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

II

$1,000,000

Louisiana Derby

1 1/8 M

Fair Grounds

Sat.

Mar. 30

35

5

II

$2,000,000

UAE Derby

1 3/16 M (S)

Meydan

Sat.

Apr. 6

28

4

I

$1,000,000

Wood Memorial

1 1/8 M

Aqueduct

Sun.

Apr. 6

28

4

I

$750,000

Santa Anita Derby

1 1/8 M

Santa Anita

Sat.

Apr. 13

21

3

I

$1,000,000

Arkansas Derby

1 1/8 M

Oaklawn Park

Sat.

Apr. 13

21

3

I

$750,000

Toyota Blue Grass

1 1/8 M (S)

Keeneland

Wild Card (Points: 20-8-4-2)

Day

Date

DD

WD

Gr.

Purse

Race

Distance

Track

Sat.

Apr. 20

14

2

III

$200,000

Coolmore Lexington

1 1/16 M (S)

Keeneland

Sat.

Apr. 27

7

1

III

$175,000

Derby Trial

1 M

Churchill Downs

DD = Days until May 4 Kentucky Derby; WD = Weeks until May 4 Kentucky Derby; Gr. = Grade; M = Miles; Y = Yards; F = Furlongs; (T) = Turf; (S) = Synthetic

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