The Derby Decimal Classifications: March 23, 2020

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March 24th, 2020

A by-the-numbers review of the latest news and developments on the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

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The margin of victory, in lengths, recorded by Wells Bayou in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The son of Lookin At Lucky led from start to finish and completed the testing 1 3/16-mile distance in 1:56.47, just 0.27 seconds off the track record.


The number of Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races that have been canceled or postponed because of the spread of COVID-19. The Sunland Derby (G3), UAE Derby (G2), Wood Memorial (G2), Blue Grass (G2), and Lexington (G3) are all off the agenda for the time being, though some could be run at a later date and additional prep races could soon be added to the schedule.


The position on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard occupied by Ny Traffic, who gained 40 points for his game, runner-up effort in the Louisiana Derby. With a total of 50 points, he’s well-positioned to secure a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate.


The number of Road to the Kentucky Derby qualification points earned by Modernist for his third-place finish in the Louisiana Derby. When added to the 50 points he secured when he won the second division of the Risen Star (G2), Modernist has accumulated 70, which places him second on the leaderboard.


The number of days the Arkansas Derby (G1) has been postponed. Following the announcement that the Kentucky Derby will be delayed until Sept. 5, Oaklawn Park’s signature race was moved from April 11 to May 2 to help fill the gap in the qualifying schedule.


The number of Road to the Kentucky Derby qualification points accumulated by Major Fed, who rallied to finish fourth in the Louisiana Derby. The son of Ghostzapper sits 12th on the leaderboard.


The number of years since the Kentucky Derby was last postponed from the first Saturday in May. In 1945 racing was suspended during the final months of World War II, and the Derby was delayed until June 9.


The total number of Road to the Kentucky Derby qualification points accumulated by Wells Bayou, who picked up 100 points in the Louisiana Derby. He now sits comfortably atop the qualification leaderboard.


The number of days until the Kentucky Derby. The clock has been reset. See you on the first Saturday in September.