Updated 6:28 p.m. ET
With Kentucky Derby 20 points available, it's possible the winner of the Grade II Coolmore Lexingotn could land a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate on May 4.
The Derby cutoff point now stands at 20, the number of points going to the winner of the Lexington. . The first tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes, and the Coolmore Lexington is worth $120,000 to the winner.
The three horses on the Churchill Downs leaderboard with 20 points are Charming Kitten ($206,000), Code West ($90,000) and Tiz a Minister ($81,000).
Keeneland officials have nine horses confirmed as likely to pass the entry box Wednesday, including the filly Pure Fun. Any Coolmore Lexington points accrued by Pure Fun would be applied to the Kentucky Oaks, which is limited to 14 starters. Pure Fun has 20 points toward the Oaks with the current cut line at 34. A victory would move her to No. 13.
Pure Fun is not nominated to the Triple Crown and is not considered a Kentucky Derby candidate.
Others considered as probable for the Coolmore Lexington are Cerro (IRE), Examen, Hip Four Sixtynine, Johnny Handsome, Pick of the Litter, Title Contender, Where’s Dominic and Winning Cause. None of them has any Kentucky Derby points.
Govenor Charlie and Midnight Lucky, trained by Bob Baffert, arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and are lodged in Barn 33. Ken McPeek's Frac Daddy was also set to arrive on Tuesday and take up residence in Barn 6. Java’s War will join him via van from Keeneland arriving on Thursday. In all, that would make 14 Derby horses located at Churchill Downs by Thursday, 16 days from the big race.
Edited Keeneland release with additional content by Dick Downey