How the Derby leaderboard would look with Baffert horses

If Bob Baffert’s horses were eligible to earn points in Kentucky Derby qualifiers, he would have two colts in the top 10 on the leaderboard.

One of those, Corniche, would be No. 6, with 30 points. But he has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and has no published works. Newgrange, however, would be at No. 8, with 20 points after wins in the Sham (G3) and Southwest (G3).

The cut-off line to make the starting gate on the first Saturday in May has never been above 40, so Newgrange likely could have made the cut with a runner-up effort in a 50-point race or a third-place finish in a 100-point race.

Baffert is banned from Churchill Downs Inc. tracks for two years, and his horses are inligible to earn Kentucky Derby points. The Hall of Fame trainer also was suspended for 90 days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, a penalty that is subject to a court review next week.

Both suspensions stemmed from Medina Spirit’s failed drug test after the Kentucky Derby, and Baffert has been trying to have both suspensions overturned.

Meanwhile, any points his entries would have earned in Derby preps are vacated, meaning nobody else picks them up.

The table below shows what the leaderboard looks like with and without Baffert-trained horses, who are shown in boldface.

With Baffert Without Baffert Horse Points earnings*
1 1 Epicenter 64 $340,000
2 2 Un Ojo 54 $655,000
3 3 Simplification 54 $378,150
4 4 Morello 50 $220,000
4 4 Forbidden Kingdom 50 $220,000
6 x Corniche 30 $1,220,000
7 6 Smile Happy 30 $314,410
8 x Newgrange 20 $513,334
9 7 Ethereal Road 20 $200,000
10 8 In Due Time 20 $76,800
11 9 Dean’s List 20 $60,000
12 10 Barber Road 18 $339,700
13 11 Classic Causeway 16 $246,100
14 12 Pappacap 14 $562,000
15th x Messier 14 $203,730
16 13 Zandon 14 $90,000
17 14 White Abarrio 12 $186,850
18 15th Mo Donegal 12 $161,500
19 x Blackadder 10 $60,000
20 16 Tiz the Bomb 10 $661,210
21 17 Rattle N Roll 10 $300,000
21 18 Make It Big 10 $240,000
23 19 Slow Down Andy 10 $184,000
24 20 Major General 10 $177,525
25 21 Dash Attack 10 $175,834
26 22 Early Voting 10 $137,500
27 23 Call Me Midnight 10 $123,500
28 24 Courvoisier 10 $83,750
29 25 Happy Jack 10 $52,000
30 26 Golden Code 10 $36,000
31 27 Kavod 7 $248,500
32 28 Commandperformance 6 $200,000
33 29 Mackinnon 5 $296,000
34 x Rockefeller 5 $122,300
35 30 Life is Great 5 $48,000
36 31 Emmanuel 5 $19,200
37 32 Pioneer of Medina 5 $16,000
38 33 Giant Game 4 $182,500
39 34 Cabo Spirit 4 $112,000
40 35 Stolen Base 4 $95,700
41 36 Tough to Tame 4 $57,750
42 37 Shipsational 4 $40,000
43 38 Smarten Up 4 $31,250
44 39 Ben Diesel 3 $97,983
45 40 Cooke Creek 2 $79,250
46 x Barossa* 2 $56,000
47 41 Red Knobs 2 $53,075
48 42 Midnight Chrome 2 $32,500
49 43 Gilded Age 2 $30,000
50 44 Ignitis 2 $29,643
51 x Wharton 2 $24,000
52 45 Volcanic 2 $21,500
53 46 My Prankster 1 $121,380
54 47 American Sanctuary 1 $104,600
55 48 Strike Hard 1 $42,250
56 49 Rich Strike 1 $17,750
57 50 Grantham 1 $15,000
58 51 Bourbon Heist 1 $14,438
59 52 Trafalgar 1 $12,000
60 53 Sir London 1 $12,000
62 54 Galt 1 $12,000
62 55 Unbridled Bomber 1 $10,250
63 56 Il Bellator 1 $6,000
*Now trained by Rodolphe Brisette *Non-restricted stakes

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