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Added on: April 19, 2016

The current leader on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 151 points is Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimney Farm’s ‘Gun Runner’. ‘Nyquist’ slipped down into second and currently has 130 points while in third place is ‘Exaggerator’ with 126 points. In fourth place is ‘Outwork’ with 120 points and in fifth place with 114 points is ‘Brody’s Cause’. 3-year-old Gun Runner won the 2016 Risen Star Stakes in a time of 1:43:94 and he also won the Louisiana Derby on March 26.

Speaking about his current form was trainer Steve Asmussen. He said, “I thought he breezed very well this morning and has settled into Churchill very nicely. I thought that he handled the racetrack very well and I’m obviously very excited about our opportunities.” He then went on to say, “He’s a tremendous individual as far as conformation and pedigree-wise and he’s got a great attitude. He’s very energetic as far as training goes; he’s always been very effortless over the racetrack.” We took these comments directly from the official Kentucky Derby website.

We also recently found out that undefeated ‘Songbird’ will miss the Kentucky Oaks after developing a mild fever, despite being the favorite to win this years’ $1 million Grade I race at Churchill Downs. Songbird, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, won the Grade I at Santa Anita Oaks and also this years’ Grade II Las Virgenes and Grade III Santa Ysabel.

“With the fever not resolved, she was started on a course of antibiotics today, and as a result it'll be another 7-10 days before she's able to return to the track. We are sorry to have to miss the Oaks but what's most important is to get Songbird well, and we have 2 great vets along with Jerry and his team taking good care of her,” said Songbird’s owner from Fox Hill Farm, Rick Porter. These comments also came from the same website.

Finally, the Crabbies Grand National which took place at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 9th April was watched by somewhere in the region of 500-600 million people around the world and this years’ race was won by 33/1 (+3300.00) 'Rule The World'. Ridden by David Mullins, the Crabbies Grand National 2016 winner took home a total of £561,300 (approximately US$800,000) in prize money.

The runner up this year was joint-favourite 'The Last Samuri' who was priced at 8/1 (+800.00). The Last Samuri, ridden by David Bass, walked away with £211,100 (approx. US$300,000) and in third place was 'Vics Canvas'. Ridden by Robert Dunne, this 100/1 (+10000.00) outsider ended up with £105,500 (approx. US$150,000) of the purse.