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2017 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 3/25/2017

The Kentucky Derby is on May 6, and the contenders are 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, 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 March 25. 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.

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American Anthem
Bonus Points
Classic Empire
Cloud Computing
Dangerfield
El Areeb
Girvin
Gormley
Guest Suite
Gunnevera
Hot Sean
Iliad
Irap
Irish War Cry
J Boys Echo
Lookin at Lee
Malagacy
McCracken
Mo Town
No Dozing
One Liner
Practical Joke
Royal Mo
Tapwrit
Uncontested
Untrapped
Wild Shot
Other

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Thunder Snow ... 100 ... $1,621,063
  2. Gunnevera ... 64 ... $1,042,800
  3. Tapwrit ... 54 ... $295,570
  4. J Boys Echo ... 53 ... $255,000
  5. Malagacy ... 50 ... $540,000
    Fast and Accurate ... 50 ... $320,712 (not nominated)
  6. Girvin ... 50 ... $249,800
  7. Epicharis ... 40 ... $320,712 (also #1 in the Japan Road to the Derby)
  8. Practical Joke ... 34 ... $766,000
  9. Untrapped ... 34 ... $210,000
  10. Classic Empire ... 32 ... $1,493,820
  11. El Areeb ... 30 ... $330,000
  12. Gormley ... 25 ... $284,000
  13. State of Honor ... 22 ... $119,564
  14. McCraken ... 20 ... $285,048
  15. Master Plan ... 20 ... $214,700
  16. Iliad ... 20 ... $200,000
  17. Sonneteer ... 20 ... $186,000
  18. Blueridge Traveler ... 20 ... $95,000
  19. Cloud Computing ... 20 ... $60,000
  20. One spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate is for the top horse in the Japan Road to the Derby (below), should one enter.
  21. Wild Shot ... 17 ... $132,200
  22. Guest Suite ... 15 ... $144,040
  23. Petrov ... 13 ...$195,000
  24. Lookin at Lee ... 12 ... $328,600
  25. Term of Art ... 11 ...$119,000
  26. Uncontested ... 11 ...$103,729
  27. Lancaster Bomber ... 10 ... $417,430
  28. One Liner ... 10 ... $300,000
  29. Irish War Cry ... 10 ...$272,660
  30. Mo Town ... 10 ... $188,000
  31. Three Rules ... 10 ... $142,240
  32. No Dozing ... 10 ... $106,500
  33. Royal Mo ... 10 ... $93,000
  34. Convict Pike ... 10 ...$47,500
  35. Local Hero ... 10 ...$40,000
  36. Irap ... 8 ... $90,000
  37. True Timber ... 6 ... $65,000
  38. Talk Logistics ... 6 ...$60,100
    Kitten's Cat ... 5 ... $52,500 (not nominated)
  39. Bonus Points ... 5 ... $52,500
  40. Action Everyday ... 5 ... $15,000
  41. Hot Sean ... 4 ... $180,000
  42. Dangerfield ... 4 ... $171,500
  43. American Anthem ... 4 ... $23,000
  44. Warrior's Club ... 3 ... $27,528
  45. Rowdy the Warrior ... 2 ... $34,429
  46. Takaful ... 2 ... $31,500
  47. Win With Pride ... 2 ... $22,500
  48. Sheer Flattery ... 2 ...$18,225
  49. Midnight Pleasure ... 1 ... $54,000
  50. Silver Dust ... 1 ... $52,000
  51. Ann Arbor Eddie ... 1 ...$32,000
  52. Bobby Abu Dhabi ... 1 ... $18,000
  53. Arklow ... 1 ... $8,000

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Epicharis (JPN) .. 50 .. $451,195
  2. Mont Saint Legame (JPN) ... 40 ... $90,154
  3. Adirato (JPN) .. 20 .. $155,278
  4. Caucus (JPN) ... 16 ... $35,850
  5. Foggy Night (JPN) ... 5 ... $23,922

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Farrell ... 70 ... $333,407
  2. Unique Bella ... 70 ... $300,000
  3. Miss Sky Warrior ... 60 ... $412,840
  4. It Tiz Well ... 54 ... $160,000
    Yorkiepoo Princess ... 50 ...$210,286 (not nominated)
    Nomorerichblondes ... 50 ... $200,000 (not nominated)
    Purely a Dream ... 50 ... $57,600 (not nominated)
  5. Abel Tasman ... 30 ... $200,000
  6. Daddys Lil Darling ... 20 ... $339,240
  7. Benner Island ... 20 ... $55,823
    Midnight Chica ... 20 ... $50,000 (not nominated)
  8. Jordan's Henny ... 20 ... $42,160
    Majestic Quality ... 20 ... $40,000 (not nominated)
    Full House ... 20 ... $30,000 (not nominated)
    Awesome Boss ... 20 ... $18,600 (not nominated)
  9. Valadorna ... 18 ... $360,000
  10. Shane’s Girlfriend ... 12 ... $268,000
  11. Chanel’s Legacy ... 11 ... $206,667
  12. Summer Luck ... 11 ... $37,700
  13. Dancing Rags ... 10 ... $260,000
  14. Noted and Quoted ... 10 ... $218,000
  15. Tequilita ... 10 ... $179,040
  16. Lockdown ... 10 ...$60,000
    Tiz Rae Anna ... 10 ... $45,000 (not nominated)
    Complementi ... 10 ... $37,500 (not nominated)
  17. Elate ... 10 ... $30,000
  18. Spooky Woods ... 10 ... $25,000
  19. Darkwingsoverdubai ... 10 ... $9,300
  20. Wicked Lick ... 9 ... $38,428
    No Sweat ... 7 ... $17,500 (not nominated)
  21. Mopotism ... 6 ... $76,000
  22. Ever So Clever ... 6 ... $72,750
  23. Tapa Tapa Tapa ... 5 ... $42,321
  24. Modacious ... 5 ... $9,100
  25. Mistressofthenight ... 5 ... $6,345
    Gilded Lily ... 5 ... $4,650 (not nominated)
  26. Pretty City Dancer ... 4 ... $239,300
    Cajun Delta Dawn ... 4 ... $117,105 (not nominated)
  27. My Sweet Stella ... 4 ... $27,667
  28. Gris Gris ... 3 ... $37,300
    Fun ... 2 ... $89,500 (not nominated)
    Flatter Up ... 2 ... $69,800 (not nominated)
  29. Zapperkat ... 2 ... $36,000
  30. Torrent ... 2 ... $32,500
    Brahms Cat ... 2 ... $26,475 (not nominated)
    Miss Southern Miss ... 1 ... $143,000 (not nominated)
  31. Dream Dancing ... 1 ... $84,360
  32. Lovely Bernadette ... 1 ... $62,517
  33. Tapped ... 1 ... $33,000
  34. Princess Karen ... 1 ... $12,000
    Summertime Sky ... 1 ... $6,000 (not nominated)
    Frank's Folly ... 1 ... $5,000 (not nominated)

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