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2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 5/01/2022

The Kentucky Derby is on May 7, 2022, 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 37 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 6, 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 May 1, 2022. 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. Horses trained by Bob Baffert are not allowed to earn points as he has been banned from the Derby in 2022, however several horses were transferred to other trainers and began scoring points when racing under the new trainer's name, and can run in the Derby if they draw in with sufficient points.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2022 Kentucky Derby?

Barber Road
Charge It
Classic Causeway
Crown Pride
Cyberknife
Epicenter
Ethereal Road
Happy Jack
Messier
Mo Donegal
Pioneer of Medina
Rattle N Roll
Rich Strike
Simplification
Smile Happy
Summer Is Tomorrow
Taiba
Tawny Port
Tiz the Bomb
White Abarrio
Zandon
Zozos

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Epicenter ... 164 ... $940,000
  2. Zandon ... 114 ... $663,500
  3. White Abarrio ... 112 ... $769,650
  4. Mo Donegal ... 112 ... $561,500
  5. Tiz the Bomb ... 110 ... $1,012,610
  6. Cyberknife ... 100 ... $752,000
  7. Crown Pride ... 100 ... $671,544
  8. Taiba ... 100 ... $450,000
  9. Simplification ... 74 ... $482,150
  10. Smile Happy ... 70 ... $499,410
  11. Classic Causeway ... 66 ... $456,100
  12. Tawny Port ... 60 ... $351,000
  13. Barber Road ... 58 ... $589,700
  14. Un Ojo ... 54 ... $655,000
  15. Messier ... 40 ... $390,000
  16. Zozos ... 40 ... $200,000 (career $291,200)
  17. Summer is Tomorrow ... 40 ... $200,000 (career $267,606) (late nomination)
  18. Charge It ... 40 ... $188,000
  19. Happy Jack ... 30 ... $142,000
  20. Pioneer of Medina ... 25 ... $116,000
  21. Ethereal Road ... 22 ... $231,000
  22. Rich Strike ... 21 ... $74,500
  23. Rattle N Roll ... 20 ... $344,000
  24. Bye Bye Bobby ... 20 ... $176,700 (late nomination)

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Dark Moon Rising (IRE) ... 30 ... $0
  2. Blue Train (IRE) ... 23 ... $0
  3. Luxembourg (IRE) ... 20 ... $233,254
  4. Juncture (GB) ... 20 ... $40,511
  5. Blue Trail ... 20 ... $0
  6. Angel Bleu (FR) ... 10 ... $560,918
  7. Royal Patronage (FR) ... 10 ... $155,467
  8. Find (GB) ... 10 ... $0
  9. Morning Soldier (IRE) ... 8 ...$9,438
  10. Harrow (IRE) ... 8 ... $9,792
  11. Noble Truth (FR) ... 4 ... $148,484
  12. Coroebus (IRE) ... 4 ... $75,735
  13. Sissoko (IRE) ... 4 ... $61,621
  14. Manu Et Corde (IRE) ... 4 ... $29,903
  15. Sister Bridget (IRE) ... 4 ... $4,470
  16. Find (GB) ... 4 ... $0
  17. Bayside Boy (IRE) ... 2 ... $220,755
  18. Ancient Rome ... 2 ... $166,830
  19. Unconquerable (IRE) ... 2 ... $45,914
  20. Tuwaiq (IRE) ... 2 ... $20,665
  21. In Ecstacy (IRE) ... 2 ... $1,987
  22. Havana Goldrush (GB) ... 2 ... $0
  23. Accakaba (IRE) ... 1 ... $148,501
  24. Masekela (IRE) ... 1 ... $71,588
  25. Hannibal Barca (IRE) ... 1 ... $15,385
  26. Swan Bay (IRE) ... 1 ... $4,688

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Delicada (JPN) ... 40 ... $272,237
  2. Combustion (JPN) ... 38 ... $554,666
  3. Dry Stout (JPN) ... 20 ... $524,096
  4. Notturno (JPN) ... 16 ... $178,914
  5. Geraldo Barows (JPN) ... 14 ... $191,039
  6. Consigliere (JPN) ... 10 ... $207,738
  7. Peisha Es ... 8 ... $98,291
  8. Sea Vixen ... 6 ... $150,509
  9. Praelude (JPN) ... 4 ... $174,915
  10. Odilon (JPN) ... 4 ... $170,116
  11. Cafť Karma (JPN) ... 4 ... $150,470
  12. El Paso (JPN) ... 3 ... $102,450
  13. Sekifu (JPN) ... 2 ... $445,881
  14. World Connector ... 1 ... $86,152

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Kathleen O. ... 150 ... $335,730
  2. Echo Zulu ... 130 ... $1,665,000
  3. Nest ... 120 ... $573,550
  4. Yuugiri ... 114 ... $508,050
  5. Desert Dawn ... 108 ... $328,000
  6. Nostalgic ... 101 ... $590,500
  7. Venti Valentine ... 94 ... $100,000
  8. Secret Oath ... 80 ... $436,707
  9. Goddess of Fire ... 62 ... $254,375
  10. Turnerloose ... 60 ... $516,700
  11. Hidden Connection ... 57 ... $369,525
  12. Cocktail Moments ... 52 ... $144,700
  13. Candy Raid ... 51 ... $154,320
  14. Shahama ... 50 ... $180,000
    Adare Manor ... 40 ... $200,000 (late nominated)
  15. Ain't Easy ... 40 ... $180,000
  16. Beguine ... 40 ... $120,000 (late nominated)
  17. Awake At Midnyte ... 24 ... $118,875
  18. Interstatedaydream ... 20 ... $88,125

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