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2023 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 4/27/2023

The Kentucky Derby is on May 6, 2023, 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 April 27, 2023. 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 2023, however horses can be transferred to other trainers by the February 28 deadline and begin scoring points when racing under the new trainer's name, and can run in the Derby if they draw in with sufficient points.

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Who will win the 2023 Kentucky Derby?

Angel Of Empire
Confidence Game
Disarm
Derma Sotogake
Forte
Hit Show
Jace's Road
Kingsbarns
Mage
Mandarin Hero
Raise Cain
Reincarnate
Rocket Can
Skinner
Sun Thunder
Tapit Trice
Two Phils
Verifying
King Russell

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Forte ... 190 ... $2,359,730
  2. Practical Move ... 160 ... $822,000
  3. Angel of Empire ... 154 ... $1,026,375
  4. Tapit Trice ... 150 ... $783,500
  5. Two Phil's ... 123 ... $643,850
  6. Lord Miles ... 105 ... $427,100
  7. Derma Sotogake ... 100 ... $1,112,319
  8. Kingsbarns ... 100 ... $600,000
  9. Raise Cain ... 64 ... $232,500
  10. Rocket Can ... 60 ... $284,025
  11. Hit Show ... 60 ... $277,500
  12. Confidence Game ... 57 ... $610,480
  13. Verifying ... 54 ... $369,750
  14. Sun Thunder ... 54 ... $135,250
  15. Mage ... 50 ... $205,200
  16. Disarm ... 46 ... $237,500
  17. Reincarnate ... 45 ... $263,500
  18. Jace's Road ... 45 ... $200,350
  19. Skinner ... 45 ... $174,500
  20. Continuar ... **JAPAN INVITE** ... $289,954
  21. Cyclone Mischief ... 45 ... $137,525
  22. Major Dude ... 40 ... $401,595
  23. Mandarin Hero ... 40 ... $339,041
  24. King Russell ... 40 ... $227,500

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Brave Emperor (IRE) ... 32 ... $29,379 **Declined Invite**
  2. Bold Act (IRE) ... 30 ... $0
  3. Cairo (IRE) ... 20 ... $62,984
  4. Killybegs Warrior (IRE) ... 13 ... $1,791
    Ironic Moment (IRE) ... 6 ... $31,154
  5. Stormy Entry ... 6 ... $4,239
  6. Greenland (IRE) ... 2 ... $9,011

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Derma Sotogake (JPN) ... 120 ... $1,163,361 **Drew in via main RTKD**
  2. Perriere (JPN) ... 56 ... $383,704 **Declined Invite**
  3. Continuar (JPN) ... 40 ... $338,095 **Accepted Invite**

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Wet Paint ... 170 ... $652,600
  2. Affirmative Lady ... 110 ... $212,350
  3. Defining Purpose ... 107 ... $488,593
  4. Pretty Mischievous ... 103 ... $359,350
  5. Southlawn ... 100 ... $242,464
  6. Promiseher America ... 100 ... $137,500
  7. And Tell Me Nolies ... 70 ... $420,000
  8. Botanical ... 70 ... $268,560
  9. Dorth Vader ... 70 ... $214,205
  10. Gambling Girl ... 61 ... $133,200
  11. The Alys Look ... 54 ... $151,000
  12. Flying Connection ... 50 ... $275,900
  13. Mimi Kakushi ... 50 ... $180,186
  14. Wonder Wheel ... 48 ... $1,508,765
  15. Taxed ... 48 ... $159,238
  16. Julia Shining ... 16 ... $206,000
  17. Hoosier Philly ... 45 ... $409,610
  18. Punchbowl ... 40 ... $177,000
    Sacred Wish ... 40 ... $48,500
    Ami Please ... 20 ... $80,000

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