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.
Battalion Runner ... 40 ... $140,000
Cloud Computing ... 40 ... $115,000 One spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate is for the top horse in the Japan Road to the Derby (below), but none plan to enter.
Kentucky Derby Notes for 4/27 - Lots of horses galloped, but the only timed work was Oaks contender Miss Sky Warrior who went 4 furlongs in 49.20. Quite a few contenders are scheduled to work tomorrow including Always Dreaming. Check out comments and photos for the Derby and Oaks horses plus probable starters, arrival times, barn lists, and possible entries for the undercard stakes. Previous: 4/15, 4/16, 4/17 & 18, 4/21, 4/22, 4/23, 4/24, 4/25, 4/26
Kentucky Derby Winners and Auction Prices - Bigger may seem better, but in the case of Kentucky Derby horses who sold at auction, less is more. Here is a look at how (badly) high priced auction purchases have done in the Kentucky Derby
One-Eyed Horses in the Kentucky Derby - So far there have been three one-eyed horses to run in the Kentucky Derby, with Patch this year looking to make it four. Here is a look at Cassaleria, Pollard's Vision, and Storm in May and how they did in the Kentucky Derby.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2017 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks. Revamped for 2017 with updated info.
Kentucky Derby Traditions - Find out all about the big Derby Traditions: the rose garland, the trophy, the Twin Spires, mint juleps, singing "My Old Kentucy Home", fancy hats, celebrities and the annual Derby glasses.