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2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 12/09/2017

The Kentucky Derby is on May 5, 2018, and the contenders have just started 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 4, 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 December 9, 2017. Lots of point earning preps are still to go, so it is still wide open. Also included for comparison are their earnings in non-restricted stakes races which also serve as a tie-breaker. There are also a separate Japan Road to the Derby and European Road to the Derby which guarantee a spot to one horse from Japan and one horse from Europe, if they opt to come for the Kentucky Derby. Results and schedule for the Road to the Derby races.

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Who will win the 2018 Kentucky Derby?

Avery Island
Bolt d’Oro
Bravazo
Catholic Boy
Copper Bullet
Enticed
Firenze Fire
Free Drop Billy
Givemeaminit
Good Magic
Hollywood Star
Lone Sailor
McKinzie
Montauk
Promises Fulfilled
Solomini
Take the One O One
The Tabulator
Tiz Mischief
Vouch
Other

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Good Magic ... 24 ... $1,200,000
  2. Bolt d’Oro ... 14 ... $540,000
  3. Solomini ... 14 ... $436,000
  4. Enticed ... 12 ... $164,080
  5. Firenze Fire ... 10 ... $427,500
  6. Free Drop Billy ... 10 ... $400,000
  7. Catholic Boy ... 10 ... $290,000
  8. The Tabulator ... 10 ... $186,750
  9. McKinzie ... 10 ...$180,000
  10. Avery Island ... 4 ... $170,000
  11. Bravazo ... 4 ... $109,913
  12. Hollywood Star ... 4 ... $88,500
  13. Instilled Regard ... 4 ... $60,000
  14. Tiz Mischief ... 4 ... $36,800
  15. Givemeaminit ... 2 ... $152,000
  16. Lone Sailor ... 2 ... $71,347
  17. Take the One O One ... 2 ... $36,345
  18. Vouch ... 2 ... $25,000
  19. Promises Fulfilled ... 2 ... $18,400
  20. Kowboy Karma ... 1 ... $70,000
  21. Lionite ... 1 ... $25,000
  22. For Him ... 1 ... $24,000
  23. Ayacara (GB) ... 1 ... $18,000
  24. Alkhaatam ... 1 ... $12,500
  25. High North ... 1 ... $9,200
  26. Ebben ... 1 ... $8,671

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Saxon Warrior ... 20 ... $245,017
  2. Roaring Lion ... 14 ... $136,807
  3. f-Happily ... 10 ... $543,648
  4. Olmedo ... 4 ... $113,505
  5. Nelson ... 4 ... $99,826
  6. Delano Roosevelt ... 4 ... $38,074
  7. Masar ... 2 ... $101,264
  8. The Pentagon ... 2 ... $71,981
  9. Mildenberger ... 2 ... $64,634
  10. Warm The Voice ... 2 ... $12,904
  11. Verbal Dexterity ... 1 ... $280,269
  12. Kew Gardens ... 1 ... $28,605
  13. Woodmax ... 1 ... $23,610
  14. Petrus ... 1 ... $7,182

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Ruggero ... 10 ... $114,835
  2. Mic Ben Hur ... 4 ... $36,360
  3. Meiner Yukitsubaki ... 2 ... $36,070
  4. Bronze Kay ... 1 ... $13,44

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Caledonia Road ... 24 ... $1,180,000
  2. Alluring Star ... 12 ... $400,000
  3. Separationofpowers ... 12 ... $375,000
  4. Moonshine Memories ... 10 ... $380,000
  5. Wonder Gadot ... 10 ... $270,002
  6. Heavenly Love ... 10 ... $240,000 (career $348,000)
  7. Dream Tree ... 10 ... $240,000 (career $270,000)
  8. Patrona Margarita ... 10 ... $116,300
  9. Road to Victory ... 10 ... $115,320
  10. Blonde Bomber ... 4 ... $224,640
  11. Piedi Bianchi ... 4 ... $192,000
  12. Princess Warrior ... 4 ... $100,000
  13. Kelly’s Humor ... 4 ... $94,910
  14. Monomoy Girl ... 4 ... $86,150
  15. Yesterday's News ... 4 ... $60,345
  16. Mauer Power ... 4 ... $50,000
  17. Maya Malibu ... 2 ... $110,000
  18. Sunny Skies ... 2 ... $83,644
  19. Dancing ... 2 ... $40,000
  20. Cash Out ... 2 ... $33,600
  21. Layla Noor ... 2 ... $32,500
  22. Daisy ... 1 ... $102,500
  23. Dancing Belle ... 1 ... $76,000
  24. Sassy Sienna ... 1 ... $30,000
  25. Purrfect Miss ... 1 ... $20,000
  26. Exuberance ... 1 ... $18,000
  27. Dessert Honeys ... 1 ... $9,300 (Career: $167,470)
  28. Primo Extremo ... 1 ... $39,600)

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