Kentucky Derby: 18 Days out and field still in doubt

April 19, 2011 | Gary Quill

18 days out from the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby (15 days until Post Position Draw) and nowhere can definitively say which 20 horses will break form the starting gate on May 7th at approximately 6:20pm EDT.

On Monday, Astrology was officially within from consideration as his trainer Steve Asmussen indicated that the son of A.P. Indy would run in the Jerome Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 23rd. Then there’s Jaycito who on April 9th was scratched from the Santa Anita Derby due to a bruised right front foot/hoof but put on a path to run in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland., is now doubtful to make that start. He has not worked since April 2 and has not raced since March 12, when he finished a distant second in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in his only start of this year.

Jaycito currently has $250,000 in graded stakes earnings, which puts him in the field for the Kentucky Derby. But if he defects, that would open another spot on the graded stakes earnings list, and there are several others currently in the Top 20 whose status is not solidified, including J P’s Gusto, The Factor, Watch Me Go, and even Uncle Mo.

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The Derby field is limited to 20 runners. If more than 20 enter, as seems certain this year, the field is determined by earnings in graded stakes races. Below chart shows those runners, in ascending graded stakes earnings order, whose connections are considering or have confirmed their intention on entering the Kentucky Derby. 

 

G  Graded Stakes Earnings   a/o April 19, 2011    Colts and Geldings

#

Horse

Trainer

Earnings

1

Uncle Mo

Todd Pletcher

$1,360,000

2

Dialed In

Nicholas Zito

$840,000

3

Archarcharch

William Fires

$780,000

4

Comma to the Top

Peter Miller

$671,000

5

Toby’s Corner

H. Graham Motion

$625,000

6

Pants On Fire

Kelly Breen

$623,000

7

Midnight Interlude

Bob Baffert

$600,000

8

J P’s Gusto

Joseph Petalino

$544,000

9

Soldat

Kiaran McLaughlin

$540,000

10

Brilliant Speed

Thomas Albertrani

$450,000

11

Master of Hounds

Aidan O’Brien

$441,884

12

Nehro

Steven Asmussen

$400,000

13

Twice the Appeal

Jeff Bonde

$400,000

14

Mucho Macho Man

Katherine Ritvo

$370,000

15

Decisive Moment

Juan Arias

$301,000

16

Animal Kingdom

H. Graham Motion

$285,000

17

The Factor

Bob Baffert

$272,500

18

Stay Thirsty

Todd Pletcher

$260,000

19

Jaycito (CL)

Bob Baffert

$250,000

20

Santiva

Eddie Kenneally

$242,397

21

Watch Me Go

Kathleen O’Connell

$235,500

22

Shackleford

Dale Romans

$212,000

23

Twinspired

Michael Maker

$197,500

24

Silver Medallion

Steven Asmussen

$184,334

25

Anthony’s Cross

Eion Harty

$182,000

26

Blue Laser

Mark Casse

$143,502

27

Flashpoint

Richard Dutrow, Jr.

$140,000

28

Mr. Commons

John Shirreffs

$120,000

29

Sway Away

Jeff Bonde

$111,500

 

  BOLD type – Derby status uncertain

 (CL) – Probable for $200,000 Gr. 2 Coolmore Lexington (Kee) 4/23

 Source: Daily Racing Form

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