Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Update

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
It was a huge weekend of stakes racing with the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland plus the Santa Anita Derby. With a huge 72-1 longshot in BOURBONIC winning the Wood and ESSENTIAL QUALITY pulling out a thrilling Blue Grass finish, our Kentucky Derby leaderboard has once again been shaken and stirred with familiar faces and new foes.

ESSENTIAL QUALITY barely pulled out the win over HIGHLY MOTIVATED at Keeneland. The race has some people doubting him, but it shot him back up to the top with a new total of 140 points. HIGHLY MOTIVATED also received 50 points and now sits in the 14th spot. 

ROCK YOUR WORLD won the Santa Anita Derby and earned a fresh new 100 points adding him to the mix. The colt is trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC and Talla Racing LLC. 

Trainer Todd Pletcher also had a big weekend adding several new horses to the running and now has four horses on the leaderboard - more than any other trainer. The most talked about was BOURBONIC, who took the Wood Memorial in a huge come from behind win at 72-1 odds. He also had the second place finisher with DYNAMIC ONE, who has now added himself to the leaderboard with 50 points. CROWDED TRADE picked up a few more points as well to maintain a spot on the leaderboard for trainer Chad Brown. 


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