Spiral Stakes probably didn’t prove anything

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Kentucky Derby trail

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

You must take a close look at We Miss Artie after his win in the Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Although I think he is a pure synthetic and turf horse, it seems that colts that run well on the Polytrack at Turfway and Keeneland seem to do well on the dirt at Churchill Downs.

I don’t like the horse at all as a pure dirt horse, but you must be forewarned about how you use him in betting on Derby day.

The son of Artie Schiller has 60 points for the Kentucky Derby and is guaranteed a spot in the starting gate. He also could run in the American Turf at Churchill on Derby day or he could head north and run in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine in Canada. It just depends on which one he has the better chances of winning. Of course, “Derby Fever” by his owners could make all that mute. He is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Enough said.

Although there are 55 horses on the points list according to Churchill Downs (3-23-14), I’m only going to list the top 30. The earnings are listed in case a tiebreakers is needed;

We Miss Artie 60 – $544,000
Samraat 60 – $450,000
Hoppertunity 55 – $376,000
Intense Holiday 53 – $327,500
Wildcat Red 50 – $410,000
Ring Weekend 50 – $210,000
California Chrome 50 – $182,250
Tapiture 42 – $420,738
Midnight Hawk 32 – $144,000
Albano 24 – $150,000
Uncle Sigh 24 – $150,000
Vinceremos 20 – $190,000
Vicar’s in Trouble 20 – $160,000
General a Rod 20 – $140,000
Ride On Curlin 15 – $154,387
Havana 14 – $660,000
Cairo Prince 14 – $470,000
Honor Code 14 – $340,000
Kristo 14 – $56,000
Coastline 13 – $129,679
Tamarando 12 – $495,000
Strong Mandate 11 – $472,500
Rise Up 10 – $786,633
Candy Boy 10 – $260,000
In Trouble 10 – $170,000
Noble Moon 10 – $145,000
Ami’s Holiday 10 – $136,145
Cleburne 10 – $102,044
Tanzanite Cat 10 – $99,000
Surfing U S A 10 – $35,000

Kentucky Derby Championship Series:

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st  2nd  3rd  4th 
March 23 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles 50 20 10 5

March 29 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
March 29 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
March 29 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles (S) 100 40 20 10
April 5 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
April 5 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
April 12 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
April 12 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles (S) 100 40 20 10
April 19 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles (S) 10 4 2 1

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