By Jarrod Horak
The Withers, Robert Lewis, Southwest, and Holy Bull were the latest road to Kentucky Derby 2024 points races. In this article, I will look back at those events and update my “Exceptional 11” Kentucky Derby contenders. The next points race is the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Kentucky Derby 2024 Points Race Recaps
Withers – Feb. 3 (Aqueduct)
Fractions: 24.14, 49.49, 1:14.44, 1:40.17, 1:53.79
Top 5 Finishers: Uncle Heavy, El Grande O, Lightline, Deposition, Khanate
The track was muddy and El Grande O had the slight early advantage, and was quickly joined by Seminole Chief and Khanate. Uncle Heavy was stalking wide and betting favorite Lightline was in the hunt in midpack. El Grande O put the other two speed horses away and was clear by 3 lengths in the stretch, and he looked home free. Uncle Heavy took up the chase and kept on grinding away, and he got up in the final jump to score by a nose. New York-bred El Grande O was a fine 2nd for Linda Rice, and Lightline moved up wide around the far turn and plugged away in the lane for the show. He has stamina but lacks quickness. 71-1 bomber Deposition missed the show by a half-length, and outside pace player Khanate weakened to 5th. The winner is a PA-bred son of Social Inclusion, and Mychel Sanchez rode the winner for Robert Reid. The was not the fastest Derby prep.