De Kock’s Kentucky Recipe

South Africa's champion on the home run to Churchill Downs

Mubtaahij in action

Mubtaahij in action

Now that the dust has settled on the 2nd-to-last Saturday before the Kentucky Derby field is revealed, there are several horses who have emerged from the pack and figure to be the favourites entering the 1st weekend in May.

American Pharoah, trained by Bob Baffert, was the most recent favorite in Kentucky Derby future wagering. The 2nd future wagering choice, Dortmund, another Baffert horse, ran on Saturday, April 4th and won the Santa Anita Derby — one of the three Kentucky Derby prep races from this past weekend — in impressive fashion.

Mike De Kock

Mike De Kock

Despite those two horses bringing in money, International Star remains atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 171 points, just one more than Dortmund. Behind those two horses are Carpe Diem and Frosted, the two winners of the two other Kentucky Derby prep races — the Wood Memorial and the Blue Grass Stakes.

Rounding out the top five is the mysterious Mubtaahij (not for us in SA! – Ed) a horse that won the 2015 UAE Derby by eight lengths to stamp his ticket to Churchill Downs.

Here is the updated Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings as of April 5th:

 The Kentucky Derby Top 20

Ranking: Horse: Points: Owner: Trainer:
1 International Star 171 Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Mike Maker
2 Dortmund 170 Kaleem Shah, Inc. Bob Baffert
3 Carpe Diem 164 WinStar Farm, LLC & Stonestreet Stables LLC Todd Pletcher
4 Frosted 113 Godolphin Kiaran McLaughlin
5 Mubtaahij 100 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock
6 Materiality 100 Alto Racing, LLC Todd Pletcher
7 El Kabeir 95 Zayat Stables John Terranova II
8 Upstart 76 Ralph M. Evans Rick Violette Jr.
9 American Pharoah 60 Zayat Stables Bob Baffert
10 Itsaknockout 60 Starlight Racing Todd Pletcher
11 Firing Line 58 Arnold Zetcher Simon Callaghan
12 Danzig Moon 45 John C. Oxley Mark Casse
13 War Story 44 Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable, Inc. Tom Amoss
14 Tencendur 41 Philip S. Birsh George Weaver
15 Maftool 40 Godolphin Racing LLC Saeed bin Suroor
16 One Lucky Dane 40 Michael Lund Petersen Bob Baffert
17 Ami’s Flatter 40 Ivan Dalos Josie Carroll
18 Stanford 40 Stonestreet Stables LLC Todd Pletcher
19 Ocho Ocho Ocho 30 DP Racing, LLC Jim Cassidy
20 Bolo 30 Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. & Mack Carla Gaines

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