06/14/2012 5:12PM

Kentucky Derby points system: Ranking the 2012 Derby field


Churchill Downs on Thursday announced a new points system to determine eligibility for the Kentucky Derby starting in 2013, replacing the system of graded stakes earnings that had been in place since 1986. If the new system, awarding points for the top four finishes in certain prep races, had been in place this year, what would the 2012 Kentucky Derby field have looked like?

2012 Kentucky Derby field ranked by new points system

Horse Graded earnings Points
Bodemeister $660,000 120
Dullahan 855,000 111
Gemologist 703,855 110
I'll Have Another 601,000 110
Hansen 1,550,000 104
Creative Cause 836,000 102
Take Charge Indy 698,400 101
Daddy Long Legs 1,294,030 100
Union Rags 1,170,000 74
Prospective 367,327 64
El Padrino 250,000 62
Alpha 380,000 54
Optimizer 184,708 52
Daddy Nose Best 545,558 50
Went the Day Well 282,000 50
Sabercat 701,429 30
Rousing Sermon 270,000 24
My Adonis (AE) 140,000 22
Liaison 393,000 15
Done Talking 311,000 1
Trinniberg 324,500 0

• Trinniberg, who pressed the pace behind Bodemeister in the early stages of the Kentucky Derby, would have earned 0 points since his graded earnings came from sprint races.

• Illinois Derby winner Done Talking would have earned only 1 point as the fourth-place finisher in the Remsen. The Illinois Derby at Hawthorne was not included in the points series.

• In addition to those horses, Delta Jackpot winner Sabercat, Rousing Sermon, My Adonis, and Liaison would have likely found themselves on the bubble or excluded from the field. Churchill Downs officials said they expect a score of about 40 points to qualify a horse for the Kentucky Derby.

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