Road to the Kentucky Derby Top 20

  1. Game Winner – 30 points
    (Candy Ride—Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy)
    Owned by: Gary and Mary West
    Trained by: Bob Baffert
    Ridden by: Joel Rosario
    Bred by: Summer Wind Equine (KY)
    $110,000 Keeneland September yearling
    Career: 4-4-0-0, $1,496,000
    2018 Eclipse Award winner, 2-year-old colt
    – won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI), American Pharoah Stakes (GI), Del Mar Futurity (GI)
    – set to make season debut in 3/9 San Felipe at SA
    – worked 4f in :48.60 at SA on 1/20
  1. Knicks Go – 18 points
    (Paynter—Kosmo’s Buddy, by Outflanker)
    Owned by: KRA Stud Farm
    Trained by: Ben Colebrook
    Ridden by: Albin Jimenez
    Bred by: Angie Moore (MD)
    $87,000 Keeneland September yearling
    $40,000 Keeneland November weanling
    Career: 6-2-1-1, $672,515
    Won Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI), 2nd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI)
    – returned off Breeders’ Cup performance to finish 11th as the l favorite in the Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at CD.
    – will make 3yo debut in the 2/9 Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) at his Tam
    – worked 5f in :58.40 at Tam on 1/26
  1. Signalman – 18 points
    (General Quarters—Trip South, by Trippi)
    Owned by: Tommie Lewis, David Bernsen & Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek)
    Trained by: Kenny McPeek
    Ridden by: Brian Hernandez Jr.
    Bred by: Monticule (KY)
    $32,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling
    Career: 5-2-2-1, $448,990
    – won Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at CD, 2nd Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Kee, 3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at CD
    – pointing toward March 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes (GI) at GP on 3/9 for 2019 debut
    – worked 3f in :39.40 at Pay on 1/26
  1. Long Range Toddy – 14 points
    (Take Charge Indy—Pleasant Song, by Unbridled’s Song)
    Owned by: Willis Horton Racing LLC
    Trained by: Steve Asmussen
    Ridden by: Richard E. Eramia
    Bred by: Willis Horton Racing LLC (KY)
    Career: 5-3-1-0, $351,125
    – won Clever Trevor Stakes at RP, Won Remington Springboard Mile at RP, 2nd Smarty Jones Stakes at OP on 1/25
    – likely to return in the Southwest (GIII) at OP on 2/18
  1. Gunmetal Gray – 14 points
    (Exchange Rate—Classofsixtythree, by Include)
    Owned by: West Point Thoroughbreds, Hollendorfer and Pearl Racing LLC
    Trained by: Jerry Hollendorfer
    Ridden by: Mike Smith
    Bred by: Lee Pokoik (KY)
    $225,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-year-old
    $85,000 Keeneland September yearling
    Career: 5-2-1-0, $217,200
    – won Sham Stakes (GIII) at SA, 2nd Americah Pharoah Stakes (GI) at SA
    – set to start next in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at SA on 2/2
    – worked 6f in 1:15.20 at SA on 1/27
  1. Mind Control – 10 points
    (Stay Thirsty—Feel That Fire, by Lightnin N Thunder)
    Owned by: Red Oak Stables (Brunetti) and Madakat Stables LLC
    Trained by: Greg Sacco
    Ridden by: John Velazquez
    Bred by: Red Oak Stable (KY)
    Career: 5-3-1-0, $323,400
    – won Hopeful Stakes (GI) at Sar, won Jerome Stakes at Aqu
    – worked 4f in :49.23 at BEL on 1/23
    – probable for the Withers Stakes (GIII) at Aqu on 2/2
  1. Complexity – 10 points
    (Maclean’s Music—Goldfield, by Yes It’s True)
    Owned by: Klaravich Stables Inc.
    Trained by: Chad Brown
    Ridden by: Jose Ortiz
    Bred by: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY)
    $375,000 Keeneland September yearling
    Career: 3-2-0-0, $321,750
    – won Champagne Stakes (GI) at Bel
    – has not raced or worked since finishing 10th in the 11/3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI)
  1. Improbable – 10 points
    (City Zip—Rare Event, by A.P. Indy)
    Owned by: WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club Ltd. and Starlight Racing
    Trained by: Bob Baffert
    Ridden by: Drayden VanDyke
    Bred by: St. George Farm & G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY)
    $200,000 Keeneland September yearling
    $110,000 Keeneland November weanling
    Career: 3-3-0-0, $269,520
    – won Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (GI), won Street Sense Stakes at CD
    – will likely race next wherever stablemate Game Winner doesn’t
    – worked 5f in 1:02 (breezing) at SA on 1/26
  1. War of Will – 10 points
    (War Front—Visions of Clarity, by Sadler’s Wells)
    Owned by: Gary Barber
    Trained by: Mark Casse
    Ridden by: Tyler Gaffalione
    Bred by: Flaxman Holdings Ltd. (KY)
    $298,550 Arqana May 2-year-old
    Career: 6-2-1-1, $251,569
    – won LeComte Stakes at FG, 2nd in Summer Stakes (GIII) at WO
    – likely to start next in the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at FG on 2/16
  1. Maximus Mischief – 10 points
    (Into Mischief—Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer)
    Owned by: Cash Is King LLC and LC Racing
    Trained by: Robert Reid Jr.
    Ridden by: Frankie Pennington
    Bred by: Martha Jane Mulholland (KY)
    $340,000 Fasig-Tipton April Midlantic 2-year-old
    $165,000 Keeneland November weanling
    Career: 3-3-0-0, $192,100
    – won Remsen Stakes (GII) at Aqu
    – worked 5f in :58.02 at GP on 1/19
    – races next in the Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at GP on 2/2
  1. Gray Attempt – 10 points
    (Graydar—Attempt to Name, by Consolidator)
    Owned by: Dwight Puett
    Trained by: William H. “Jinx” Fires
    Ridden by: Shaun Bridgmohan
    Bred by: Wynnstay LLC, Donna Moore & Jim Richardson (KY)
    $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Select yearling
    Career: 4-3-0-0, $194,700
    – won Smarty Jones Stakes at OP, won Sugar Bowl Stakes at FG
    – likely to return in the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at OP on 2/18
  1. Mucho Gusto – 4 points
    (Mucho Macho Man—Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant’s Causeway)
    Owned by: Michael Lund Petersen
    Trained by: Bob Baffert
    Ridden by: Joe Talamo
    Bred by: Teneri Farm & Bernarndo Alvarez Calderon
    $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Select yearling
    Career: 4-3-0-0, $194,700
    $625,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old
    $95,000 Keeneland September yearling
    $14,000 Keeneland January yearling
    – won Bob Hope Stakes (GIII) at Dmr, 2nd Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (GI)
    – worked 6f in 1:12.60 at SA on 1/27
    – probable for the Robert B. Lewis (GIII) at SA on 2/2
  1. Our Braintrust – 4 points
    (Freud—Caller Trust, by Trust N Luck)
    Owned by: Cathal A. Lynch and Stanton J. Smith Jr.
    Trained by: Cathal A. Lynch
    Ridden by: Jorge Vargas Jr.
    Bred by: Barak Farm (MD)
    $25,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling
    Career: 4-2-2-0, $166,640
    – won Tremont Stakes at Bel, 2nd Maryland Juvenile Futurity at Lrl, 2nd Jerome Stakes at Aqu
    – worked 4f in :48.80 at CTC on 1/26
    – could turn up in Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at GP on 2/2 or Withers at Aqu on 2/2
  1. Code of Honor – 4 points
    (Noble Mission—Reunited, by Dixie Union)
    Owned by: W. S. Farish
    Trained by: Claude W “Shug” McGaughey
    Ridden by: John Velazquez
    Bred by: W. S. Farish (KY)
    Career: 3-1-1-0, $151,700
    – 2nd in Champagne Stakes (GI) at Bel
    – worked 4f in :49.20 at Pay on 1/22
    – possible for the Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at GP on 2/2
  1. Network Effect – 4 points
    (Mark Valeski—Sandy Key Gal, by Put It Back)
    Owned by: Klaravich Stables Inc.
    Trained by: Chad Brown
    Ridden by: Javier Castellano
    Bred by: Louis Jolin (FL)
    $95,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales April 2-year-old
    Career: 3-1-2-0, $136,750
    – 2nd Nashua Stakes (GIII) at Aqu, 2nd Remsen Stakes (GII) at Aqu
    – worked 5f in 1:01.95 at Pay on 1/13
  1. Bankit – 4 points
    (Central Banker—Sister In Arms, by Colonel John)
    Owned by: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC
    Trained by: Steve Asmussen
    Ridden by: Ricardo Santana Jr.
    Bred by: Hidden Brook Racing LLC & Blue Devil Racing (NY)
    $260,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-year-old
    $95,000 Fasig-Tipton August Preferred NYB yearling
    Career: 7-2-3-0, $330,625
    – won Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Bel, 2nd Funny Cide Stakes at Sar, 2nd Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at RP
    – possible for Southwest Stakes (GIII) at OP on 2/18
  1. Tight Ten – 4 points
    (Tapit—Devils Humor, by Distorted Humor)
    Owned by: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
    Trained by: Steve Asmussen
    Ridden by: Ricardo Santana Jr.
    Bred by: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY)
    Career: 5-1-2-0, $98,500
    – 2nd Saratoga Special (GII) at Sar, 2nd Iroquois Stakes (GIII) at CD
    – hasn’t worked since a 10th-place finish in the LeComte Stakes at FG on 1/19
  1. Sueno – 4 points
    (Atreides—Class Above, by Quiet American)
    Owned by: Silverton Hill LLC
    Trained by: Keith Desormeaux
    Ridden by: Kent Desormeaux
    Bred by: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc. (KY)
    $61,000 Keeneland September yearling
    $1,500 Keeneland November weanling
    Career: 4-2-1-1, $90,440
    – won Gold Rush Stakes, 2nd Sham Stakes (GIII) at SA
    – worked 5f in :59.60 at SA on 1/26
    – probable for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII) at SA on 2/2
  1. Hog Creek Hustle
    (Overanalyze—Candy Fortune, by Candy Ride)
    Owned by: Something Special Racing LLC
    Trained by: Vickie Foley
    Ridden by: Florent Geroux
    Bred by: Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm LLC (KY)
    $150,000 Keeneland September yearling
    Career: 5-2-1-1, $121,300
    – 2nd LeComte Stakes (GIII) at FG, 3rd Sugar Bowl Stakes at FG
    – possible for Risen Star Stakes (GII) at FG on 2/16
  1. Plus Que Parfait
    (Point of Entry—Belvedera, by Awesome Again)
    Owned by: Imperial Racing LLC
    Trained by: Brendan Walsh
    Ridden by: Julien Leparoux
    Bred by: Calloway Racing LLC (KY)
    $135,000 Keeneland September yearling
    Career: 5-1-1-2, $90,400
    – 2nd Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at Kee
    – possible for Risen Star Stakes (GII) at FG on 2/16
Margaret Ransom
California native and lifelong horsewoman Margaret Ransom is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. She got her start in racing working in the publicity departments at Calder Race Course and Hialeah Park, as well as in the racing office at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. She then spent six years in Lexington, KY, at BRISnet.com where she helped create and develop the company’s popular newsletters, Handicapper’s Edge and Bloodstock Journal.

After returning to California, she served six years as the Southern California news correspondent for BloodHorse, assisted in the publicity department at Santa Anita Park and and was a contributor to many other racing publications, including HorsePlayer Magazine and Trainer Magazine. She then spent seven years at HRTV and HRTV.com in various roles as researcher, programming assistant, producer and social media and marketing manager. She has also walked hots and groomed runners, worked the elite sales in Kentucky for top-class consignors and volunteers for several race horse retirement organizations, including CARMA.

Margaret’s very first Breeders’ Cup was at Hollywood Park in 1984 and she has attended more than half of the Breeders’ Cups since. She counts Holy Bull as her favorite horse of all time. She lives in Pasadena with her longtime beau, Tony, three Australian Shepherds and one Golden Retriever.