The 2017 Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday, May 6 with a post time of 6:34 p.m. Eastern. Keep it here for a full list of horses and the standings for qualifying.Just two prep races remain with both taking place Saturday, April 15. The only one that will impact the Kentucky Derby qualifying is the Arkansas Derby. There are 170 points at stake in the race with 100 points going to the winner. Second place gets 40 points, third place receives 20 points and fourth place gets 10 points.
While there will be horses that come and go by the time Churchill Downs arrives, fans will at least know the full field of horses that have qualified by the conclusion of the Arkansas Derby.
Unlike last year where there were clear favorites, this year’s Kentucky Derby appears to be more wide open with so many different horses winning significant races like the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes. Despite there being no real leader in the clubhouse, there are a few horses that are expected to do well.
The following five horses are the favorites according to OddsShark: Always Dreaming +600, Irish War Cry +800, McCraken +1200, One Liner +1200 and Classic Empire +1200.
Look for Classic Empire to shoot up the odds after his victory at the Arkansas Derby to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
Always Dreaming had the most impressive win of prep Kentucky Derby 2017 Live season with his victory at the Florida Derby. He also has the benefit of being trained by Todd Pletcher.
The winner of the Blue Grass was expected to emerge as a favorite for the Derby but the underdog Irap is all the way down at +2500 despite shocking the field at Keeneland.
Irish War Cry is near the top after winning the Wood Memorial but has had an inconsistent qualifying season.
Here’s a look at the current standings courtesy of the Kentucky Derby heading into the Arkansas Derby. The top 20 horses will qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Heavy will update the leaderboard after today’s races have been completed.
Classic Empire took home a title at Saturday’s Arkansas Derby on the famed track at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to punch a ticket to the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Conquest Mo Money and Lookin At Lee rounded out the top three finishers on a day when 170 total Kentucky Derby qualifying points were up for grabs. One hundred points were awarded to Classic Empire, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers received a 40-20-10 split of the share.
10. Florida Derby runner-up State of Honor is scheduled to breeze Sunday at 6 a.m. at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Mark Casse.HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Two-year-old champion Classic Empire recovered from a poor performance his last time out and locked up a Kentucky Derby Live Stream Online bid Saturday with a come-from-well-behind win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
“He just has so much ability,” trainer Mark Casse said. “I wasn’t sure he was going to get there. I was afraid that maybe late he’d get tired, but it was exciting. I’ll never forget it.”
Malagacy lost for the first time, finishing fifth, but the points he picked up last month in the Rebel Stakes are enough to send him to Churchill Downs, too. Conquest Mo Money, which broke fast but couldn’t hold off Classic Empire in the final 16th-mile, could be Kentucky-bound if his owners put up a $200,000 supplemental fee.
Earlier Saturday, Senior Investment chased down West Coast in the final furlong to win the $200,000 Grade 3 Lexington by a head Saturday at Keeneland, but the 10 points he earned leaves him outside looking in for the May 6 Kentucky Derby. His win in the 1 1/16-mile race was his third in five starts, and his first graded stakes victory.
Classic Empire had finished third at February’s Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but well off the pace. He caught Conquest Mo Money just shy of the wire in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 1 race and won by a half-length. Lookin at Lee and Sonneteer finished third and fourth, but did not win enough qualifying points to automatically be considered for The Kentucky Derby.
Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Lookin at Lee, said he would continue training the horse with the hope that it can be a Kentucky Derby entrant.
“He’s a tremendous horse. He just shows up. He’s sixth 70 yards from the wire,” Asmussen said. “I mean, he never quits trying, and you’d love to see him rewarded for that effort.”
And even though his horse was chased down in the final yards, Miguel Hernandez said he was happy with Conquest Mo Money’s performance.
“Oh, my God. It’s so exciting,” he said. “I want to say, I said, ‘I got it. I got it. I got it.’
“Right by the three-quarter pole, I thought he was going to quit. He came back. I’m happy with the way he ran,” Hernandez said.
At the Lexington, running on two weeks’ rest didn’t bother Senior Investment, whose strong close so impressed trainer Ken McPeek that the distance almost seemed too short and the Kentucky Derby points reward too small for his horse, which had finished sixth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.Lagging back entering the final turn, Senior Investment surged late and nipped West Coast by a head.He timed it right,” jockey Channing Hill said.McPeek, meanwhile, wondered what Senior Investment could have Kentucky Derby Live done in a longer race if given the chance.