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Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard - Updated May 23



Please Refer To our Looking Good and Worth Watching pages for updates on horses of interest to you. Feel free to contact us if you don't see your horse.

Racing on TV: Fox Sports: Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30, 4:30 - 6:30 (FS2); 1:00 - 6:00 (MSG+); Thursday 1:00 - 6:30 (FS2 and MSG+); Friday 1:00 - 2:30, 4:30 - 6:30 (FS2), 1:00 - 6:30 (MSG+); Saturday 2:30 - 3:00 (FS2), 3:00 - 8:00 (FS1), 1:00 - 7:00 (MSG+); Sunday 1:00 - 2:00 (FS2), 2:00 - 6:00 (FS1), 1:00 - 6:00 (MSG+). TVG will not have NYRA signal (business dispute).

Tuesday: Larry Collmus will join Michael Wrona calling races at Kentucky Downs. Collmus will be in Kentucky to call the Kentucky Derby for NBC on Sept. 5. Collmus and Wrona will split duties at KD Labor Day, Sept. 7. Wrona will announce Sept. 9-10, and Collmus will close out the meet Sept. 12, 13 and 16. Ted Nicholson, KD Senior VP and GM, has known Collmus for three decades.

Saturday: Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Races Schedule. Includes all except Ellis Park Derby and Saratoga.

Remaining Derby Points Races Almost All Set

PPs Courtesy Of Brisnet: Belmont Stakes Probables And Possibles

Saturday: Derby Futures at Circa Sports have Tiz the Law at +475, followed by Charlatan at +555. Authentic and Maxfield are next at 7-1, followed by Honor A.P. at 10-1. Story at Las Vegas Review-Journal

Friday: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy formally announced that horse racing can return to the Garden State. Monmouth Park plans to open on July 3 as originally announced. No spectators, of course.

Friday: NYRA said today the barn area at the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga will open to horsemen this coming Tuesday. Oklahoma will open for training two days later. Health and safety protocols will be in place.

Friday: Under strict guidelines, media access to Belmont Park will be allowed by the State of New York and the New York Racing Association. Racing at Belmont is expected to resume next week. In contrast, Governor Andy Beshear has prohibited all media from the grounds at Churchill Downs since it reopened about two weeks ago. Full New York story at NTWAB.org

Friday: Horse owners may start attending races at Gulfstream park on June 3. At Santa Anita, plans are being made for owners to view workouts. Owners are forbidden to enter Churchill Downs for any reason by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

Thursday: Del Mar will open its meet on July 10, an earlier date than usual. There will be fewer race days per week, but the track will lose only six races compared to 2019. Absent spectators are expected to cost $17 million in revenue. Full story: San Diego Union-Tribune

Thursday: Sadly, Nadal has been injured as is off the Derby Trail. He sustained a condylar fracture this morning during a workout at Santa Anita. It's not a life-threatening injury, and he's had surgery and is retired. Will enter stud in 2021. Story at BloodHorse

Thursday: Finally. The Maryland Jockey Club has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission (read Gov. Hogan) to resume live racing at Laurel Park effective this Saturday. Everyone is more than ready, and racing will start that day.

Wednesday: The deadline for late Triple Crown nominations is now set for June 3. The cost has been reduced from $6,000 to $3,000. Go to TheTripleCrown.com or call Churchill Downs racing operations manager Kelly Danner at (502) 638-3825. Payment must be made at the time of nomination.

Wednesday: Byron King at Bloodhorse.com reports that the Race Dates Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Keeneland's application to run five live racing dates July 8-12. DRF previously reported the application was made with the blessing of Ellis Park, which has rights to summer race dates in Kentucky.

Last Tuesday: Fair-minded people wait to hear the facts. We will wait for an official report regarding the Bob Baffert case. The best we can tell, Arkansas racing rules have five different drug classifications. Disqualification and loss of purse following a positive test is not automatic. It depends on the severity of the infraction and in some cases whether there are mitigating factors.

Matt Winn Stakes: Maxfield Picks Up Where He Left Off

Churchill Begins Firming Up Derby Prep Changes

Churchill Downs All About Safety Measures

Nadal Pressures Pace This Time To Win Arkansas Derby Div 2

Charlatan Dominates Division 1 Of Arkansas Derby

BloodHorse: Churchill Committed To Fans At Derby

Mr. Big News Headliner in Oaklawn Stakes

Triple Crown Late Nominations Extended

Tiz the Law Coasts to Florida Derby Victory

Wells Bayou Leads Them Home at Fair Grounds

Conference Call on Derby-Oaks Dates Short on Details

Nadal Takes On All Comers To Win Rebel

Charlatan Romps First Time At Two Turns

Field Pass Gets Up In Jeff Ruby

Authentic, King Guillermo, Mischevious Alex Win Derby Points Races

Ete Indien Waves Goodbye to FOY Field

Sample Kentucky Derby Subscription Page

Dosage In Chaos

Looking Back on 17 Years of TDP

Some Changes At The Downey Profile

TDP Overview and Construction; Subscriptions

The Early 2020 Triple Crown Nominations

Facts and Figures About The Early 2020 Triple Crown Nominations

Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby

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On fast dirt unless noted

June 2
Modernist  1.01:60 Breezing 1/2 PAY
Rowdy Yates 1.00:80 Breezing training track 1/7 BEL
Untitled 47:20 Breezing 1/15 CAA

June 1
Charlatan 1.00:80 Handily 4/25 SA
Earner  1.01:60 Breezing 4/8 CD
Halo Again 1.01:60 Breezing 3/9 KEE
Pneumatic  1.02:20 Breezing 7/8 CD
Shooters Shoot 1.02:40 Handily 13/25 SA

May 31
Authentic 1.12:20 Handily 1/2 SA
Azul Coast  1.13.80 Handily 2/2 SA
Background 1.01:40 Breezing 7/15 CDT
Casino Grande  1.02:20 Breezing 3/3  PAY
Lookinatamiracle  48:60 Breezing training track 8/26 WO
Sonneman 1.02:11 Breezing training track 4/14 BEL
Tiz the Law 48:20 Breezing 5/40 PMM
Winning Impression 49:00 Breezing 32/88 CD

May 30
Anneau d'Or 1.00:20 Handily synthetic 3/42 GG
Cezanne  47:60 Handily 1/47 SA
Chestertown 1.01:95 Breezing training track 7/22 BEL
Green Light Go 49:06 Breezing training track 14/59 BEL
Honor A. P.  1.00:20 Handily 5/48 SA
LIam's Lucky Charm 51:25 Breezing 92/103 GP
Rushie  59:80 Handily 2/48 SA
Shivaree 1.15:53 Breezing 1/1 GP
Shooters Shoot  59:80 Handily 2/48 SA
Shoplifted 1.01:95 Breezing training track 7/22 BEL
Something Natural  48:40 Breezing 17/118 CD
Soros 1.02:20 Breezing 10/22 GPW
Storm the Court 59:80 Handily 2/48 SA
Thousand Words 48:80 Handily 18/47 SA
Violent Pass 1.01:00 Breezing 17/46 CD
Wells Bayou 48:40 Breezing 17/118 CD
Woopigsooie 50:00 Breezing 24/31 CDT
Wrecking Crew  50:60 Breezing 103/118 CD

May 29
Dr Post 1.00:62 Breezing 3/4 PBD
Ete Indien 49:60 Breezing 7/11 PMM
Farmington Road 59:70 Breezing 1/4 PBD
Gouverneur Morris 1.00:62 Breezing 3/4 PBD
Sole Volante  1.43:25 Breezing 1/2 PMM

May 28
Basin 51:20 Breezing good 7/8 CD
Modernist 1.01:60 Breezing 1/7 PAY
Nadal 48:80 Handily 7/25 SA
Ready Reward  49:00 Handily 8/25 SA

May 27
Charlatan  50:00 Breezing 23/37 SA
Express Train 48:60 Handily 10/37 SA
Gozilla 50:40 Breezing 20/24 KEE
Rowdy Yates 1.02:05 Breezing training track16/48 BEL
Scabbard  1.00:40 Breezing 3/16 KEE

May 26
Finnick the Fierce 1.00:00 1/4 TTC

May 25
Azul Coast 1.25:40 Handily 1/1
Earner 1.02:60 Breezing 17/19 CD
Fore Left 1.12:80 Breezing 2/7  SA
Halo Again 1.01:40 Breezing 9/17 KEE
Long Weekend 48:40 Breezing 19/63 CD
No Parole  47:60 Breezing 8/63 CD

May 24
Authentic 1.12:00 1/3 SA
Shivaree  1.02:24 Breezing sloppy 1/2 GP
Tiz the Law 59:75 Breezing 1/5 PMM

May 23
Anneau d'Or  1.00:00 Handily synthetic 2/40 GG
Bourbon Bay  1.01:76 Breezing 12/25 BEL
Cezanne 59:40 Handily 3/42 SA
Rushie  59:40 Handily 3/42 SA
Shooters Shoot 1.13:00 Handily 2/5 SA
Something Natural  49:40 Breezing 62/84 CD
Storm the Court 48:60 Handily 14/45 SA
Thousand Words  49:20 Handily 25/45 SA
Woopigsooie  48:40 Breezing 12/39 KEE

May 22
Background 49:60 Breezing 18/32 CDT
Basin 53:00 Breezing 9/10 OP
Dr Post 48:92 Breezing 5/12 PBD
Farmington Road 48:48 Breezing 3/12 PBD
Gouverneur Morris 48:92 Breezing 5/12 PBD
Honor A. P. 59:20 Handily 1/28 SA
Max Player  1.13:87 Breezing training track 1/2 BEL
Winning Impression 47:40 Breezing 7/54 CD

May 21
Gozilla  50:80 Breezing 20/27 KEE
Irish Mias  50:20 Breezing synthetic 8/10 FAI
Sonneman 1.01:20 Breezing 7/12 KEE
Violent Pass 1.00:20 Breezing 3/16 CD

May 20
By Your Side  46:60 Breezing 1/30 CD
Express Train 50:00 Handily 21/34 SA
Mischevious Alex 1.13:20 Breezing 1/1 PMM
Modernist 49:40 Breezing 4/5 PAY
Nadal 48:00 Handily 1/34 SA
Ready Reward  1.00:20 Handily 5/31 SA
Rowdy Yates 1.02:93 Breezing training track 29/39 BEL
Scabbard 1.00:80 Breezing 2/6 KEE
Villainous  49:20 Breezing 6/20 OP

May 19
Attachment Rate  51:20 Breezing 33/36 CD
Long Weekend 1.02:00 Breezing 10/16 CD
No Parole  49:20 Breezing 16/36 CD
Restless Dancer  48:60 Breezing good 1/4 CD

May 18
Fore Left 1.00:60 Handily 11/59 SA
Gold Street 50:00 Breezing 34/39 CD
Informative  49:81 Breezing 4/10 PRX
Tiz the Law 50:20 Breezing 18/19 PMM
Tizamagician 49:20 Handily 18/42 SA

May 17
Authentic  1.11:00 Handily 1/6 SA
Azul Coast 1.00:80 Handily 10/67 SA
Chestertown 1.01:40 Breezing 21/38 CD
Ete Indien  47:00 Breezing firm turf 1/46 PMM
Halo Again 1.01:00 Breezing 3/15 KEE
Ny Traffic 1.00:06 Breezing 6/46 GP
Pneumatic  1.01:40 Breezing 21/38 CD
Portos 49:31 Breezing 5/7 PBD
Ragtime Blues  1.00:60 Handily 9/67 SA
Sole Volante 47:60 Breezing firm turf 2/46 PMM
Shake Some Action 1.00:80 Breezing 10/38 CD
Shivaree 1.01:85 Breezing 23/46 GP
Something Natural  49:60 Breezing 83/134 CD
Wells Bayou  50:40 Breezing 122/134 CD

May 16
Background 48:00 Breezing 5/36 OP
Colonel Liam  1.01:20 Breezing good 1/2 PBD
Bourbon Bay 48:66 Breezing 10/42 BEL
Digital  48:60 Breezing sloppy 6/16 CD
Lookinatamiracle 1.02:00 Breezing synthetic 52/70 WO
Major Fed 51:40 Breezing sloppy 16/16 CD
Maxfield  47:20 Breezing 3/22 KEE
Rushie  49:20 Handily 51/64 SA
Shooters Shoot 59:80 Handily 7/52 SA

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Downey's top pick on his Kentucky Derby subscription page won the Kentucky Derby in 2019. It was the sixth straight year his top pick won, and Maximum Security was among The Downey Profile's Top 4 horses, as was Tacitus. Four of Downey's top five picks finished in the top five.
1. MAXIMUM SECURITY (first - DQ'd by stewards to 17th)
2. TACITUS (fourth, moved up to third)
3. IMPROBABLE (fifth, moved up to fourth
4. VEKOMA (thirteenth, moved up to twelfth)
5. CODE OF HONOR (third, moved up to second)

The Commish had four of the top six finishers in his picks.
1. TACITUS (fourth, moved up to third)
2. IMPROBABLE (fifth, moved up to fourth)
3. GAME WINNER (sixth, moved up to fifth)
4. VEKOMA (thirteenth, moved up to twelfth)
5.  MAXIMUM SECURITY (first - DQ'd by stewards to 17th)


Downey's top pick on his Kentucky Derby subscription page won the Kentucky Derby for the fifth straight year in 2018. Justify was among The Downey Profile Top 4 horses, as were second finisher Good Magic and third finisher Audible. The final Kentucky Derby workout by Justify was impressive, and that helped lead Downey to pick him right on top. Good Magic was in Downey's second spot for the cold exacta.
1. JUSTIFY (first)
2. GOOD MAGIC (second)
3. MENDELSSOHN (twentieth)
4. HOFBURG (seventh)
5. AUDIBLE (third)
6. BOLT D'ORO (twelfth)

The Commish had the winner picked in the second slot. He told Downey his top Derby pick had never run last before this year, so he thinks there's plenty of upside potential going forward.
1. MENDELSSOHN (twentieth)
2. JUSTIFY (first)
3. VINO ROSSO (ninth)
4. MY BOY JACK (fifth)
5. AUDIBLE (third)


Downey picked the Kentucky Derby winner for his Kentucky Derby subscribers for the fourth straight year in 2017. Always Dreaming wasn't in the Downey Profile Top 4, but it was kind of a crazy year and Downey wasn't sold on the Top 4, Always Dreaming was the top Profile Buster Profile horse, and he put in a super-impressive final Derby workout. The selections underneath Always Dreaming weren't as strong as the comparable picks in 2015 and 2016.

2. CLASSIC EMPIRE (fourth)
3. IRISH WAR CRY (tenth)
4. MCCRAKEN (eighth)
5. IRAP (eighteenth)
6. GORMLEY (ninth)

The Commish picked the winner right on top for the third time in four years:
2. HENCE (eleventh)
3. STATE OF HONOR (nineteenth)
4. CLASSIC EMPIRE (fourth)
5. TAPWRIT (sixth)



Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2016 Kentucky Derby were:
1. NYQUIST (first)
2. EXAGGERATOR (second)
3. GUN RUNNER (third)
4. BRODY'S CAUSE (seventh)
5. OUTWORK (fourteenth)

For the first time, Downey put together a superfecta part wheel for subscribers. The cost for a $1 ticket was $88, and we were fortunate enough to see that bet hit and pay $542.10.

The Commish picked:
1. EXAGGERATOR (second)
2. NYQUIST (first)
3. MY MAN SAM (eleventh)
4. WHITMORE (nineteenth)
5. MO TOM (eighth)

The Commish stuck to his guns with Exaggerator in the Preakness, and he won the race.


Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2015 Kentucky Derby were:
2. DORTMUND (third)
3. FROSTED (fourth)
4. FIRING LINE (second)
5. DANZIG MOON (fifth)

The Commish picked:

2. DORTMUND (third)
3. FIRING LINE (second)
4. FROSTED (fourth)
5. CARPE DIEM (tenth)


Downey's selections on the Subscription Page for the 2014 Kentucky Derby were:
2. DANZA (third)
3. SAMRAAT (fifth)
4. INTENSE HOLIDAY (twelfth)
5. CHITU (ninth)
6. GENERAL A ROD (eleventh)

The Commish picked:
2. CANDY BOY (thirteenth)
4. DANZA (third)
5. CHITU (ninth)


The Downey Profile is a seasonal website launched in 2003 that's primarily focused on the run-up to the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown.

We cover other special events from time to time. In 2015, Dick Downey worked for The Louisville Courier-Journal alongside five-time Eclipse Award winner Jennie Rees during the newspaper's coverage of the Breeders' Cup. Downey worked Breeders' Cup again in 2017 for the newspaper. The Downey Profile has covered every race of the Kentucky Downs meet for several years.


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