Kentucky derby Race Update: The Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday was one of the races providing three-year-olds with qualification points that they would need to make it into the field of the Kentucky Derby race update set for September 5. Because there were only four starters at Los Alamitos, though, each horse got points, using the scale of 20-8-4-2, running from first through fourth place. This is a fairly low points scale, due to the small number of horses, and so each of these horses made some progress toward qualification, but they all have work to do. Let’s take a look at how the Los Alamitos Derby impacted the Kentucky Derby update points leaderboard.

Kentucky Derby Race Update: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

Current Leaderboard

Position               Horse                                                                                    Points

1                              Tiz the Law                                                                         272

2                              Honor A.P.                                                                          120

3                              Authentic                                                                            100

4                              King Guillermo                                                                  90

5                              Ete Indien                                                                           74

6                              Modernist                                                                           70

7                              Ny Traffic                                                                             70

8                              Dr Post                                                                                 60

9                              Basin                                                                                     50

10                           Mischievious Alex                                                            50

11                           Shivaree                                                                              40

12                           Max Player                                                                          40

13                           Storm the Court                                                                36

14                           Enforceable                                                                        33

15                           Thousand Words                                                              33

16                           Sole Volante                                                                      30

17                           Major Fed                                                                           30

18                           Finnick the Fierce                                                             25

19                           Pneumatic                                                                          25

20                           Anneau d’Or                                                                      22

21                           Uncle Chuck                                                                       20

22                           Candy Tycoon                                                                    20

23                           Farmington Road                                                              15

24                           Attachment Rate                                                              15

25                           Eight Rings                                                                          10

26                           Winning Impression                                                        10

27                           Three Technique                                                              9

28                           South Bend                                                                         8

29                           Green Light Go                                                                  4

30                           Cosmo                                                                                  4

31                           Rowdy Yates                                                                      2

32                           Lebda                                                                                    2

33                           Great Power                                                                      2

34                           Express Train                                                                      1

The Horses

Uncle Chuck helped himself out with the win, but just picking up 20 points puts him on the bubble, so he will need to take part in other points races. He could become one of the latest Kentucky Derby bloomers ever, as he did not race until June 12, 2020, but he won his debut at Santa Anita. He then made it two for two at the Los Alamitos Derby. Trained by Bob Baffert, this horse needs more points behind him

Thousand Words won the Robert B. Lewis and looked like a lock for Churchill Downs. He won his first three career starts, but then he finished fourth at San Felipe (Grade II) and slid down to 11th place at the Oaklawn Stakes. Yet another horse in Bob Baffert’s stable, he would have had a lot more certainty for qualification with a win. He has moved up to #15 as a result of finishing as the runner-up, but he needs to keep moving.

Great Power came in fourth and is now officially on the leaderboard. However, this was just his third career race, and it took a lot of string-pulling to get him into this race. He now faces an uphill challenge before he can think about Churchill Downs.

Cosmo came in third at Los Alamitos, remaining winless in four career starts but now having qualification points. He has not been nominated for the Triple Crown, though, and given his current point total, jumping into the top 20 would be one of the longest of shots.

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