2015-16 Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard

Photo courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com
Photo courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com

2015-16 Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard (Updated through 4/16/2016)

Since 2013 there has been a new points system in place to determine the 20 entrants into the Kentucky Derby. The points system replaced the “Graded Earnings” rule that determined entrants into the Derby by how much they won in Graded Stakes races.

Under the new system points are awarded to the first four finishers of the 35 designated stakes races. Those races can be found here. Points awarded to winners range from 10 points in the early prep races to 100 for the latter prep races.

The table below will be updated after the completion of each race on the Road to the Kentucky. There is also a Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard here.

RankingHorsePointsOwnersNotes
1Gun Runner151Winchell Racing LLC & Three Chimney Farms
2Nyquist130Reddam Racing LLC
3Exaggerator126Big Chief Raccing
4Outwork120Repole Stables
5Brody's Cause114Albaugh Family Stable
6Creator110WinStar Farm LLC
7Lani100Ms. Yoko Maeda
8Mor Spirit84Michael L. Petersen
9Mohaymen80Shadwell Stable
10Danzing Candy60Halo Farms, Jim Bashor, & Diane Bashor
11Destin51Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC
12Suddenbreakingnews50Samuel Henderson
13Cupid50Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, & Derek SmithNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
14Oscar Nominated50Ken & Sarah Ramsey
15Shagaf50Shadwell Stables
16Whitmore44Robert LaPenta, Harry Rosenblum, & Southern Springs Stable
17Tom's Ready44G M B Racing
18Polar River (Filly)40Valentin Bukhtoyarov & Evgeny KappushevFilly; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
19Majesto40Grupo 7C Racing Stable
20Trojan Nation40Julie Gilbert & Aaron Sones
21My Man Sam40Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables LLC, & Jay Bligh
22Mo Tom32G M B Racing
23Fellowship32Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
24Adventist32Treadway Racing Stable
25Laoban32Southern Equine Stable LLC & McCormick Racing LLC
26Dazzling Gem30Steve Landers Racing LLC
27Uncle Lino29Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing, and Gary SherlockNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
28Cherry Wine25William Pacella & Frank L. Jones Jr.
29Sunny Ridge23Dennis A. DrazinNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
30Collected21Speedway Stable LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
31Yu Change (JPN)20K. AitetsuNot Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
32Azar20Alto Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
33Forevamo20Brittlyn Stable Inc.Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
34Zulu20Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, & Derek SmithNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
35Flexibility15Klaravich Stables Inc. & William LawrenceNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
36Greenpointcrusader14St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables LLC, and Brooklyn Boyz StablesNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
37Swipe12Big Chief Racing, LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
38Airoforce10John C. OxleyNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
39Cocked and Loaded10Richard Ravin and Patricia's Hope LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
40Discreetness10Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC
41Frank Conversation10Reddam Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
42Riker10Tucci StablesNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
43Vale Dori (ARG) (Filly) (4 Year Old)10Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al MaktoumFilly; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
44Surgical Strike10Edward Seltzer & Beverly AndersonNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
45Star Hill10Calumet Farm
46Matt King Coal10Lady Sheila StableNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
47Vorticity8Matthew ScheraNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
48Rated R Superstar6Radar Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
49Kasseopia (GB)6Team Valor International and Gary BarberNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
50Awesome Speed5Colts Neck Stables LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
51Rafting5Wertheimer & FrereNot Triple Crown Nominated
52Two Step Time5Get Away FarmNot Triple Crown Nominated
53Candy My Boy5Frank MancariNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
54Toews On Ice4Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, & Paul WeitmanNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
55Tusk4Flaxman Holdings Inc.Not Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
56Gordy Florida4Dream Walkin Farms Inc.Not Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
57Synchrony4Pin Oak StablesNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
58One More Round4Roddy J. Valente & Charles CasaleNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
59Let's Meet In Rio4Juddmonte FarmsNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
60Harlan Punch2Rosemont Farm LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
61Found Money2Reddam Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
62Hollywood Don2Rockingham RanchNot Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
63I'malreadythere2Steve Melen, Richard Robertson, Steve Taub, & Jerry HollendorferNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
64Sail Ahoy2Phipps StableNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
65American Dubai2Richard KeithNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
66Portfolio Manager2Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William LawrenceNot Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
67Tizzarunner2John C. OxleyNot Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
68Gift Box2W.S. FarishNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
69Uncle Walter2Ken & Sarah RamseyNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
70In Equality2Treadway Racing StableNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
71I Will Score2Hans PoetschNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
72Unbridled Outlaw2Albaugh Family StableNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
73Dressed In Hermes1Budget StableNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
74Bird of Trey1JRita Young Thoroughbreds LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
75Van Damme1Mast Thoroughbreds LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
76Rare Candy1Tarabilla Farms, IncNot Triple Crown Nominated
77Conquest Big E1Conquest Stables LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
78Sticksstatelydude1Estate of Alvin Haynes, John Ferris, Brad Ward, and Beth BurchellNot Triple Crown Nominated; Not Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
79Urlacher1Godolphin Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
80Conquest Windycity1Conquest Stables LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
81San Dimas1Godolphin Racing LLCNot Triple Crown Nominated
82Luna de Loco1Calumet FarmNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby
83Direct Message1Godolphin Racing LLCNot Under Consideration for the Kentucky Derby

In 2013, the point cut-off to make the Kentucky Derby field was 10 points by Giant Finish. Fear the Kitten was the first also-eligible with 6 points while the second also-eligible horse, Carving, had 2 points.

In 2014, the magic number was 20 points with Commanding Curve being the last horse to make the field. Pablo Del Monte was the first also-eligible in 2014 with 20 points and drew into the race after the scratch of Hoppertunity. However, the connections decided against running Pablo Del Monte in the Kentucky Derby.

2015 had a cut off of 20 points with both Keen Ice and Frammento at that point total. Frammento was 21st on the list and ultimately drew into the 2015 Kentucky Derby while the other also-eligible, Tale of Verve, accrued no points and did not get in.

Injuries can and probably will play a factor in the cut-off line for the Derby entrants. 2013 had a rash of injuries, which is why the point total was only 6 to make the also-eligible list. 2014 was closer to the expected norm as it took 20 points to make the Kentucky Derby and even that 20 point total left a horse on the outside looking in on the also-eligible list as we saw in 2015.

The leaderboard will be updated at the conclusion of each day’s prep race beginning with the Iroquois Stakes on September 12, 2015.

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