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2017 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 4/29/2017

The Kentucky Derby is on May 6, and the contenders are finished earning points in the prep races across the country. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, there has to be a method for determining which of the many horses who want to enter can get in the race. In the past, graded stakes earnings were used to determine who will get in the field when entries are taken, but many people disliked this system since one good race as a 2-year-old could get a sub-par horse in over a more talented late bloomer. Since 2013, a new points system called the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" where a specific series of 36 prep races each worth a specific amount of points has decided which horses get in the Derby. A similar system is also in place for the Kentucky Oaks run on May 5, but fillies who want in the Derby will have to compete in with the colts for Derby points. While those Derby points earned by fillies will also count toward the Oaks, Oaks points will not count towards the Derby.

Below is a list of horses in order of points earned for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as of April 24. All the point earning preps are over so this is the final list, but expect a few to drop off due to illness or injury and there are a couple of horses not nominated to the Triple Crown who could still supplement. Also included for comparison are their earnings in non-restricted stakes races which also serve as a tie-breaker. There is also a separate Japan Road to the Derby (now complete) which guarantees a spot to one horse from Japan, if they opt to come for the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2017 Kentucky Derby?

Always Dreaming
Battle of Midway
Classic Empire
Fast and Accurate
Girvin
Gormley
Gunnevera
Hence
Irap
Irish War Cry
J Boys Echo
Lookin at Lee
McCraken
Patch
Practical Joke
Sonneteer
State of Honor
Tapwrit
Thunder Snow
Untrapped
Royal Mo
Master Plan

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Girvin ... 150 ... $849,800
  2. Classic Empire ... 132 ... $2,093,820
  3. Gormley ... 125 ... $884,000
  4. Irap ... 113 ... $760,000
  5. Irish War Cry ... 110 ...$676,660
  6. Thunder Snow ... 100 ... $1,621,063
  7. Always Dreaming ... 100 ... $589,000
  8. Gunnevera ... 84 ... $1,137,800
  9. Practical Joke ... 74 ... $966,000
  10. J Boys Echo ... 63 ... $305,000
  11. State of Honor ... 62 ... $310,364
    Conquest Mo Money ... 60 ... $496,000 (not nominated)
  12. Tapwrit ... 54 ... $325,570
    Malagacy ... 50 ... $570,000
  13. Hence ... 50 ... $481,129
  14. Fast and Accurate ... 50 ... $320,712 (plan to pay the $200,000 supplement)
  15. McCraken ... 40 ... $385,048
  16. Battle of Midway ... 40 ... $224,700
  17. Patch ... 40 ...$200,000
    Battalion Runner ... 40 ... $140,000
    Cloud Computing ... 40 ... $115,000
  18. Untrapped ... 34 ... $210,000
  19. Lookin at Lee ... 32 ... $428,600
  20. Sonneteer ... 30 ... $236,000
  21. Royal Mo ... 30 ... $213,000
  22. Local Hero ... 30 ...$140,000
    Iliad ... 20 ... $220,000
  23. Master Plan ... 20 ... $214,700
    Blueridge Traveler ... 20 ... $95,000
  24. Petrov ... 13 ...$195,000
    Lancaster Bomber ... 10 ...$417,430

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Epicharis (JPN) .. 50 .. $451,195 (not going)
  2. Mont Saint Legame (JPN) ... 40 ... $90,154 (not going)
  3. Adirato (JPN) .. 20 .. $155,278 (not going)
  4. Caucus (JPN) ... 16 ... $35,850 (did not qualify, not in top 3)
  5. Foggy Night (JPN) ... 5 ... $23,922 (did not qualify, not in top 3)

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Farrell ... 170 ... $573,407
  2. Miss Sky Warrior ... 160 ... $592,840
  3. Ever So Clever ... 106 ... $312,750
  4. Sailor's Valentine ... 100 ... $307,014
  5. Paradise Woods ... 100 ... $240,000
  6. Salty ... 100 ... $150,350 (late nominated)
  7. Abel Tasman ... 70 ... $280,000
  8. Daddys Lil Darling ... 60 ... $439,240
    Chanel’s Legacy ... 51 ... $316,667
  9. Tequilita ... 50 ... $227,540
    Yorkiepoo Princess ... 50 ...$211,786 (late nominated)
  10. Lockdown ... 50 ...$120,000
  11. Wicked Lick ... 49 ... $188,428
  12. Vexatious ... 40 ... $80,000
  13. Jordan's Henny ... 40 ... $66,410
    Someday Soon ... 20 ... $52,667
  14. Mopotism ... 16 ... $145,000
    Shane’s Girlfriend ... 12 ... $268,000
  15. Torrent ... 12 ... $52,500
  16. Summer Luck ... 11 ... $37,700

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