Kentucky Derby: Getting to the point

Updated: April 16, 2013, 4:33 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

The point system that now determines admission to the Kentucky Derby's field of 20, while not immune to criticism, appears to have served its purpose. True, there is a modicum of sex discrimination in the requirement that points are earned only in unrestricted races, but the argument can be made that the connections of a filly under consideration for the Derby might test her against males before arrival at Churchill Downs. Otherwise, the system has resulted in preliminary races becoming more than ...

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