Watch Kentucky Derby 2017 Live Online: Classic Empire clinches Kentucky Derby spot with Oaklawn win

By | April 16, 2017

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.

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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.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by concludes Saturday with the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I), which will help finalize the preference list for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6.
The 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park is the lone-remaining Championship Series race worth 100 points to the winner and 40 points to the runner-up, which will be crucial to make the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. In addition to first two finishing positions, the Arkansas Derby’s third and fourth-place finishers will receive 20 and 10 points respectively.
Arkansas Derby entrant Untrapped entered Saturday as the “bubble” horse at the 20th position on the preference list with 34 points. Only the Top 16 horses have clinched spots in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
Untrapped and reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire can secure berths with a Top 4 finish.
Following a disappointing third-place finish in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull (GII), the Mark Casse-trained Classic Empire returns to the races as the 8-5 morning Kentucky Derby 2017 Live Stream line favorite in the Arkansas Derby. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner had a few hiccups in his training this winter at Palm Meadows near Miami and was relocated to the Winding Oaks Training Facility in Ocala, Fla. to continue his preparations for the Arkansas Derby.
The son of Pioneerof the Nile is scheduled to face 11 rivals including Malagacy, the undefeated son of Shackleford who was a two-length winner of the March 18 Rebel (GII) to lock up 50 points and a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
Untrapped, the third-place finisher in the Rebel, will pick up the riding services of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith for the Arkansas Derby in his attempt for a chance to run for the roses.
Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money, who would need to be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby for $200,000, and Rebel runner-up Sonneteer can lock down Derby spots with a Top 3 finish.
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Petrov, Looking At Lee, Rowdy the Warrior and Silver Dust need to finish in the Top 2 for a Derby run. Rockin Rudy, Grandpa’s Dream and One Dreamy Dude need to win because a runner-up effort might put them on the “bubble” with 40 points as non-restricted stakes earnings serve as tie-breakers.
The Arkansas Derby will go as Race 11 at Oaklawn Park with a post time of 6:18 p.m. (all times EDT).
The $200,000 Lexington (GIII) also will be run Saturday but with the Top 4 finishers earning 10-4-2-1 points, respectively, the 1 1/16-mile race isn’t expected to impact the Kentucky Derby 2017 field. The Lexington goes as Race 9 at Keeneland at 5:34 p.m.
California shipper West Coast is Lexington’s 3-1 morning line favorite in the field of 10. The 3-year-old colt by Flatter broke his maiden March 12 at Santa Anita and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will add blinkers for the first time.
West Coast’s main opponents include Tampa Bay Derby (GII) fourth-place finisher No Dozing; front-running maiden victor Time to Travel; and Spiral (GIII) third-place finisher Convict Pike.
The Road to the Kentucky Oaks concludes Friday with the Fantasy (GIII) at Oaklawn Park. The Fantasy is Race 8 at 5:42 p.m. The top-four finishers will receive 100-40-20-10 points, respectively.
1. Louisiana Derby winner Girvin is scheduled to breeze after the renovation break Saturday morning at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center. Girvin is based in trainer Joe Sharp’s Barn A.
2.  McCraken shipped to Ian Wilkes’ Barn 26 at Churchill Downs on Monday following his third-place finish in the Blue Grass. The colt returned to the track for regular training at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
3.  Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Monday that Southwest (GII) winner One Liner has been removed from Kentucky Derby consideration.
4.  Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. confirmed Monday that he will ride McCraken in the Kentucky Derby.
5.  Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has picked up the Kentucky Derby mount on Girvin after regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. opted to ride McCraken.
6.  Blue Grass fourth-place finisher J Boys Echo returned to trainer Dale Romans’ Barn 4 at Churchill Downs following Saturday’s race at Keeneland. The Gotham (GII) winner could breeze as early as Monday morning at Churchill Downs but his training plans are in flux.
7.  Florida Derby winner Always Dreaming returned to the work tab Friday morning at Palm Beach Downs. The 3-year-old colt breezed a half-mile in :49.80.
8.  Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen breezed Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Hence and Louisiana Derby third-place finisher Local Hero on Monday at Churchill Downs. Hence, No. 13 on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 50 points, breezed a half-mile in :47.80, while Local Hero, No. 23 with 30 points, breezed a half-mile in :51.80, according to the Churchill Downs official clockers.
9.  Some of trainer Todd Pletcher’s early Derby contingent is scheduled to arrive Sunday and Monday at Churchill Downs. Blue Grass fifth-place finisher Tapwrit is scheduled to van from Keeneland on Sunday while Florida Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming, Louisiana Derby runner-up Patch, and Arkansas Derby entrant Malagacy could arrive on Monday. Pletcher will be stabled in Barn 40.

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.