Instant Coffee Jumps to 2nd in Road to Kentucky Derby 2023 Standings: Instant Coffee jumped to second place in the Road to Kentucky Derby 2023 standings after winning the Grade 3 Lecomte on Saturday at the FairGrounds. The 1 1/16-mile race offered 20 points for the winner and the victory pushed the three-year-old colt out of Bolt d’Oro and Follow No One to the second spot with 32 points. Forte continues to lead the standings after 14 preparatory races with 40 points, according to the website that offers good Kentucky Derby betting odds.
Curly Jack is in third with 17 points while Blazing Sevens and Jace’s Road occupy fourth and fifth places with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Victory Formation, Dubyhnell, Practical Move and Lugan Knight are in joint sixth with 10 points each while Lecomte second placer Two Phil’s barged into the Top 10 with eight points along with Arctic Arrogance and Denington, who placed fourth in Lecomte. Confidence Game earned six points in the race to move to 14th at seven points while Bromely picked up two points from his fifth-place finish to stand in 33rd place. The next Derby points prep is the Southwest (Grade 3) at Oaklawn on Saturday. It will be followed by three more Derby preps in the Withers (Grade 3) at Aqueduct, the Holy Bull (Grade 3) at Gulfstream and the Robert B. Lewis (Grade 3) at Santa Anita. All offer 20-8-6-4-2 points to the top five finishers.
Instant Coffee Jumps to 2nd in Road to Kentucky Derby 2023 Standings
The Road to the Kentucky Derby 2023 is a series of events in which horses are required to compete to qualify for the 2023 Kentucky Derby, which is slated to be held on May 6. The Top 20 horses and up to four “also eligibles” will qualify in points races in North America, Asia (Japan and United Arab Emirates) and Europe (England, Ireland and France). Last year’s edition saw 30-1 longshot Rich Strike stunned horseracing oddsmakers by winning the Derby. He edged past top favorite Epicenter and Zandon en route to a win. Rich Strike was clocked two minutes and 02.61 seconds in a 1 1/4 mile race. He was the second-biggest longshot to win the Derby after Donerail (91-1) in 1913.
The Kentucky Derby is the start of the Triple Crown season in the United States. Only 13 horses that won the Kentucky Derby that went straight from winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes races. They were Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018).