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2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 8/24/2020

The Kentucky Derby is on September 5, 2020 (rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic), and the contenders earn points in selected 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 35 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 September 4, but fillies who want in the Derby will have to compete in with the colts for Derby points. While 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 August 24, 2020. 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.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

Finnick the Fierce
Max Player
Enforceable
Storm the Court
Major Fed
King Guillermo
Money Moves
South Bend
Mr. Big News
Thousand Words
Necker Island
Sole Volante
Attachment Rate
Winning Impression
NY Traffic
Honor A.P.
Tiz the Law
Authentic

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Tiz the Law ... 372 ... $1,972,400
  2. Authentic ... 200 ... $980,000
  3. Art Collector ... 150 ... $476,461
  4. Honor A. P. ... 140 ... $340,000
  5. NY Traffic ... 110 ... $472,820
  6. King Guillermo ... 90 ... $317,050
  7. Thousand Words ... 83 ... $297,000
  8. Dr Post ... 80 ... $331,035
  9. Max Player ... 60 ... $337,500
  10. Caracaro ... 60 ... $205,000
  11. Enforceable ... 43 ... $314,550
  12. Rushie ... 40 ... $108,000
  13. Major Fed ... 38 ... $179,100
  14. Storm the Court ... 36 ... $1,273,851
  15. Attachment Rate ... 35 ... $93,675
  16. Sole Volante ... 30 ... $243,510
  17. Finnick the Fierce ... 25 ... $121,700
  18. Winning Impression ... 20 ... $53,000
  19. Necker Island ... 14 ... $74,808
  20. Shirl's Speight ... 0 ... $55,896
  21. Money Moves ... 0 ... $0

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Nobel Prize (IRE) ... 30 ... $37,226
  2. Indicative Vote (IRE) ... 12 ... $11,289
  3. Choice of Mine (AUS) ... 11 ... $19,067
  4. Royal Dornoch (IRE) ... 10 ... $115,813
  5. Dalvey (GB) ... 6 ... $8,457
  6. Shekhem (IRE) ... 4 ... $22,865
  7. New World Tapestry ... 4 ... $0

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Dieu du Vin (JPN) ... 40 ... $463,251
  2. Vacation (JPN) ... 20 ... $509,167
  3. Daimei Corrida (JPN) ... 18 ... $461,256
  4. Tagano Beauty (JPN) ... 12 ... $372,590
  5. Yaugau (JPN) ... 6 ... $182,781
  6. American Face ... 4 ... $99,147
  7. Longonot (JPN) ... 3 ... $158,203

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Swiss Skydiver ... 450 ... $901,820
  2. Speech ... 160 ... $300,000
  3. Bonny South ... 150 ... $360,000
  4. Shedaresthedevil ... 90 ... $382,000
  5. Venetian Harbor ... 90 ... $340,000
  6. Tonalist's Shape ... 70 ... $325,715
  7. Project Whiskey ... 70 ... $238,800
  8. Donna Veloce ... 62 ... $460,000
  9. Gamine ... 50 ... $165,200
  10. Hopeful Growth ... 50 ... $135,000
  11. Tempers Rising ... 47 ... $107,000
  12. Dream Marie ... 35 ... $101,800
  13. Golden Principal ... 2 ... $24,000

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