Forte leads easily to the Kentucky Derby – Orange County Register


(until Thursday)


Juan Hernandez / 8

Frankie Dettori / 4

Flavien Prat / 4

Umberto Rispoli / 3

Ramon Vazquez / 3


Bob Baffert / 6

Philip D’Amato / 4

Markus Glatt / 4

Doug O’Neill / 4

Two draws / 3



• $200,000 Cal Cup Derby, 3 year olds bred or sired in California, 1 1/16 miles

• $200,000 Cal Cup Oaks, 3-year-old mares bred or sired in CA, 1 mile (turf)

• $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, 4 years and older, bred or sired in California, 1 1/8 miles (turf)

• $150,000 Cal Cup Sprint, 4 years and older, bred or sired in CA, 6 stadia

• $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint, Mares and Mares, 4 years and older, bred or sired in California, 6 1/2 Stadiums, Downhill Turf Course.


• $200,000 Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs

• $100,000 Grade III Stakes, 3 year old, 1 mile


• Fans can vote for FanDuel Racing NTRA Moment of the Year on Twitter and On Twitter, use the official hashtag for the top moment. The 11 selections include Horse of the Year leader Flightline’s 19¼-length victory at the Pacific Classic in Del Mar; Secret Oath’s win at Kentucky Oaks; Rich Strike’s shocking 80-1 win in the Kentucky Derby; Nest’s Alabama Stakes win; Epicenter’s strong win in the Travers Stakes; and Cody’s Wish’s victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Voting ends on January 17 at 8:59 p.m. The winning moment will be announced during the Eclipse awards ceremony on January 26th.

• Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Forte is a clear leader in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt has 40 Derby qualifying points, beating Curly Jack’s 17. Blazing Sevens is third at 16, followed by Jace’s Road (13), Instant Coffee (12), Victory Formation (10), Dubyuhnell (10), Practical Move (10), Hayes Strike (7), and Red Route One (5). Bob Baffert 3-year-olds are not allowed to earn Derby qualifying points. Qualifying points will be up for grabs in Saturday’s Jerome Stakes in Aqueduct and Sunday’s Sham Stakes in Santa Anita. Forte leads easily to the Kentucky Derby – Orange County Register

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