Major Derby preps getting the point(s)

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Follow the money was what trainers did when trying to accumulate enough graded earnings to make it into the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. That will not be the case next year.

Those big 2yo races will not supply enough points to make it as the money did in the past. The winner of the BC Juvenile will only get 10 points this year with the second place finisher getting just 4, the show horse 2 and the fourth place finisher 1.

This will not even dent a place in the top 20. Other big 2yo races getting the same points include the Norfolk at Santa Anita, the Champagne at Belmont Park, the Remsen at Aqueduct and the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood.

When moving into the 3yo races, they start what will be called the Championship Series. Early races like the Risen Star at the Fairgrounds, Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, Gotham at Aqueduct, San Felipe at Santa Anita, Tampa Bay Derby, Rebel, Spiral and Sunland Derby will pick up 50 points for the win, 20 for second, 10 for third, 5 for fourth.

The big races will be the ones where the winners will get the huge points – 100 for first, 40 for second, 20 for third, 10 for fourth.

These races will be the Florida Derby, UAE Derby, Louisiana Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Stakes. Winners in that group will have enough points to make the 20-horse field.

As for the filly races, 2yo will get the same points as their male counterparts as will the 3yo big races. All is fair in love and war between the sexes, so you just may see a few more girls trying the boys next year.

My opinion of the formula? Well, I’ll let it play out and see what happens. If they used it this year there would have been just two horses that would not have earned enough points to get in. Trinniberg would have had no points and Done Talking would have just earned 1.

This week in baseball

We continue to plug along in this wacky baseball season with no lead safe when the bullpen gets involved.

The Yanks have been on a major streak winning nine straight games going into Monday’s game with the Braves. The Orioles just seem to be hanging around and won’t go away. Baltimore has won seven of the last 10 and just 1½ games behind the Yanks for the top spot in the AL East.

In the AL Central it looks like the White Sox, Indians and Tigers will be battling it out for a while until the cream comes to the top.

The Rangers at times look like they are coming back to the field in the West, but then go on another streak. Texas has won seven of the last 10 going into Monday’s game at San Diego.

The Angels have regrouped and are also 7-3 in the last 10 prior to Monday’s home game against the Giants. The Rangers are hanging on to a four-game lead over the Halos.

No one wants to win the NL East except for the Nationals who somehow have a four-game lead over the Braves and Mets by having a great road record of 20-13, I doubt very seriously if Washington can keep that road record going.

The preseason favored Phillies with their great pitching staff are languishing in last place nine games out. Philadelphia will make a late run and we’ll be on them when the streak begins.

In the NL Central, the Reds have been on fire winning six straight games and seven of 10 going into Monday’s game in Cleveland. The stubborn Pirates keep hanging around just four games back. Pittsburgh needs to improve on that 15-20 road record to stay close. The Cardinals round out the top three.

The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball and an amazing 24-12 home mark, will be hard to catch in the NL West as the dog days of summer approach.

Simpsons can golf

I don’t watch much golf or those stupid TV shows but I got interested this past Sunday when Wade Simpson won the U.S. Open. Or was it Homer? Bart? Hey, it doesn’t matter. A Simpson got the win so good job. 

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