Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Anne M. Eberhardt

Graded Earnings Update as of April 10

Results of Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby play role in graded list shakeup

The top two finishers in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I; Stately Victor and Paddy O'Prado) and Arkansas Derby (gr. I, Line of David and Super Saver ) are now positioned within the Top 20 of the graded stakes earnings list that determines the prospective field for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Meanwhile, the results of Saturday’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races now leave Jackson Bend, Aikenite , and Make Music for Me on the outside looking in.

The $2 million guaranteed Derby  has been restricted to 20 starters since 1975. Graded stakes earnings accumulated in races on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” have determined the field for the 1 ¼-mile classic since 1986.

Surprise victories by 17-1 longshot Line of David ($600,000) and 40-1 outsider Stately Victor ($451,112) in the Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass, respectively, shook up the prospective field. Both needed victories to secure spots in the Derby starting gate. Line of David vaulted to No. 5 in a tie with early Kentucky Derby favorite Eskenderaya, the runaway winner of both the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and Wood Memorial (gr. I). Stately Victor, who began the day with just $1,112 in graded stakes earnings from a sixth-place finish in last fall’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I), jumped to No. 9.

Super Saver ($363,832), who began the week at No. 25 with $163,832, earned $200,000 for his runner-up neck defeat in the Arkansas Derby to climb to No. 14. Paddy O’Prado ($250,950) entered the Blue Grass with $100,950 and needed to run first or second to crack into the Top 20. The $150,000 second prize jumped his earnings to $250,950, which ranks at No. 19.

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Earnings for the last horse in the Kentucky Derby starting gate have varied year to year. Last year, it took only $55,500 for Nowhere to Hide to complete the 20-horse field. Two years ago, the last horse in was Denis of Cork who had $165,000 – the highest total ever for the last spot in the field. Amazingly, this year’s No. 20 “bubble” position is held by Homeboykris with $250,500.

Last ditch efforts to make the Kentucky Derby field can also be made in next Saturday’s $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland (1 1/16 miles) as well as the $200,000 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill Downs (one mile) and $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at a mile at Aqueduct April 24.

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has said that D' Funnybone ($420,000) “will not run in the Derby” but could be aimed at the Preakness (gr. I). Also, his Radiohead($196,332) will target the $175,000 American Turf (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf on Oaks day at Churchill Downs.

Here’s the Kentucky Derby 136 graded stakes earnings leaders list  through April 10, which is based on known intentions or a consideration to run in the Kentucky Derby (with last week’s ranking on the graded stakes earnings list):

Rank, Horse, Earnings (Next start if not Kentucky Derby)
1, Lookin At Lucky, $1480,000
2, Noble’s Promise, $738,000
3, Rule, $645,000
4, Sidney’s Candy, $630,000
5, Eskendereya, $600,000
6, Line of David, $600,000
7, Mission Impazible, $473,434
8, Ice Box, $457,500
9, Stately Victor, $451,112
10, Endorsement, $400,000
11, Conveyance, $386,000
12, American Lion, $378,000
13, Dublin, $373,208
14, Super Saver, $363,832
15, Discreetly Mine, $340,000
16, Dean’s Kitten, $326,475
17, Interactif, $307,950
18, Awesome Act, $285,000
19, Paddy O’Prado, $250,950
20, Homeboykris, $250,500

On the outside looking in, as of April 10, 2010

21, Uh Oh Bango, $237,952
22, Jackson Bend, $230,000

23, Backtalk, $225,916
24, Aikenite, $221,750
25, Make Music For Me, $218,750
26, Odysseus, $183,750
27, A Little Warm, $180,000 (tie)
27, Setsuko, $180,000 (tie)
29, Pleasant Prince, $166,250
30, Tempted to Tapit, $156,000
31, Caracortado, $153,000
32, Yawanna Twist, $147,000 (Preakness Stakes)
33, Connemara, $138,500 (Coolmore Lexington Stakes)
34, Schoolyard Dreams, $137,500
35, Northern Giant, $132,000
36, Eightyfiveinafifty, $120,000 (The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial)
37, First Dude, $97,500
38, Alphie’s Bet, $90,000
39, Drosselmeyer, 487,000 (Coolmore Lexington or Preakness)
40, Pulsion, $85,000