March 7 featured three scoring races with serious Kentucky Derby implications.
Dortmund is now third on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with a 70-point total, adding 50 to his ledger with a wire-to-wire win in the San Felipe at Santa Anita. The physically-imposing chestnut is unbeaten in five starts for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert and could wind up being the favorite in the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Carpe Diem made his 2015 debut with a five-length romp in the Tampa Bay Derby and now sits one spot back of Dortmund with 64 points. He’s a top contender for leading trainer and 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Todd Pletcher.
El Kabeir moved to the top of the Leaderboard in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, rallying to win going away by a 2 ¾-length margin. He increased his tally to 75, earning points in five scoring races so far, and possesses outstanding versatility winning on the lead and from well off the pace.
All three races offered points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four respective finishers as part of the Championship Season portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
The Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds and a points system determines eligibility. The complete schedule and explanation of scoring races, along with the updated standings of the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, can be found here.
All three second-place finishers (Prospect Park, Ami’s Flatter and Tiz Shea D in the San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby and Gotham, respectively) earned their first points (20) toward a possible Kentucky Derby berth last weekend.
Bolo also joined the Leaderboard, currently 22nd with 10 points after making his first dirt start in the San Felipe, and the promising three-year-old is a strong candidate to improve his standing in his final prep race.
Read my Kentucky Derby Report at brisnet.com for further details on last weekend’s prep races.