Horse racing notes: Forte easily leads Road to the Kentucky Derby


(Through Thursday)


Juan Hernandez / 8

Frankie Dettori / 4

Flavien Prat / 4

Umberto Rispoli / 3

Ramon Vazquez / 3


Bob Baffert / 6

Philip D’Amato / 4

Mark Glatt / 4

Doug O’Neill / 4

Two tied / 3



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

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

• $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, 4-year-olds and up bred or sired in CA, 1 1/8 miles (turf)

• $150,000 Cal Cup Sprint, 4-year-olds and up bred or sired in CA, 6 furlongs

• $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up bred or sired in CA, 6 1/2 furlongs, downhill turf course.


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

• $100,000 Grade III Sham Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile


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

• Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Forte sits comfortably ahead in the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt has 40 Derby qualifying points, outdistancing Curly Jack’s 17. Blazing Sevens is third with 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 at Aqueduct and Sunday’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.

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• Baffert, no stranger to the Kentucky Derby, entered four horses in Sunday’s $100,000 Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, which serves as the Southland’s first Derby prep race. Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-3-2-1 basis will be awarded to the top five finishers in the six-horse field. Baffert’s entrants include the promising National Treasure, who will be making his third try around two turns following a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland on Nov. 4. John Velazquez has the mount. Baffert’s three other starters are Reincarnate, Newgate and Speed Boat Beach.

— Art Wilson

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