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2024 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 2/23/2024

The Kentucky Derby is on May 4, 2024, and the contenders earn points in selected prep races across the country. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants (with a maximum for 4 also-eligibles), 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 3, 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 February 23, 2024. 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 2024, however horses can be transferred to other trainers by the January 31 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. However unlike the last 2 years, none of Baffert's horses were transferred out by their owners.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the Kentucky Derby?

Agate Road
Catching Freedom
Domestic Product
Dornoch
El Grande O
Fierceness
Hades
Honor Marie
Just Steel
Liberal Arts
Locked
Mystik Dan
Nash
No More Time
Otto the Conqueror
Sierra Leone
Stronghold
Timberlake
Track Phantom
Uncle Heavy
West Saratoga
Other

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Sierra Leone ... 55 ... $290,000
  2. Track Phantom ... 55 ... $260,000
  3. Fierceness ... 36 ... $1,069,500
  4. Stronghold ... 25 ... $292,800
  5. Catching Freedom ... 25 ... $202,000
  6. Mystik Dan ... 21 ... $418,800
  7. Hades ... 20 ... $161,900
  8. Uncle Heavy ... 20 ... $137,500
  9. No More Time ... 20 ... $124,380
  10. Locked ... 19 ... $538,050
  11. Liberal Arts ... 19 ... $220,325
  12. West Saratoga ... 17 ... $217,640
  13. Timberlake ... 16 ... $435,000
  14. Just Steel ... 15 ... $334,545
  15. Honor Marie ... 15 ... $248,455
  16. El Grande O ... 15 ... $115,000
  17. Nash ... 13 ... $50,000
  18. Agate Road ... 10 ... $204,750
  19. Otto the Conqueror ... 10 ... $200,000
  20. Dornoch ... 10 ... $177,500
  21. Alotaluck ... 10 ... $105,360
  22. Domestic Product ... 10 ... $50,500
  23. Resilience ... 10 ... $16,000
  24. Informed Patriot ... 8 ... $58,640
  25. Moonlight ... 7 ... $59,000
  26. Lucky Jeremy ... 6 ... $98,800
  27. Lightline ... 6 ... $30,000
  28. Scatify ... 6 ... $24,000
  29. Lat Long ... 6 ... $20,000
  30. The Wine Steward ... 5 ... $219,010
  31. Real Men Violin ... 5 ... $82,050
  32. Dancing Groom ... 5 ... $71,102
  33. Awesome Road ... 5 ... $60,008
  34. Khanate ... 5 ... $28,000
  35. Snead ... 5 ... $290,000
  36. Inveigled ... 4 ... $39,750
  37. Gettysburg Address ... 4 ... $26,200
  38. Deposition ... 4 ... $21,000
  39. Curlin's Kaos ... 4 ... $19,400
  40. Mc Vay ... 4 ... $12,000
  41. Elysian Meadows ... 4 ... $10,000
  42. Ethan Energy ... 4 ... $8,000
  43. Be You ... 3 ... $54,000
  44. Stretch Ride ... 3 ... $39,025
  45. Northern Flame ... 3 ... $34,875
  46. Fulmineo ... 2 ... $46,000
  47. Seize the Grey ... 2 ... $32,663
  48. Common Defense ... 2 ... $27,200
  49. Regalo ... 2 ... $9,000
  50. Moonlit Sonata ... 2 ... $8,000
  51. Footprint ... 2 ... $4,000 (career $74,921)
  52. Tizzy Indy ... 2 ... $4,000 ($53,750)
  53. Air Cav ... 1 ... $32,000
  54. Edified ... 1 ... $16,797

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Navy Seal (IRE) ... 2 ... $5,111

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Ramjet (JPN) ... 20 ... $273,343
  2. Forever Young (JPN) ... 20 ... $569,151
  3. Aigle Noir (JPN) ... 10 ... $422,168
  4. Amante Bianco (JPN) ... 10 ... $224,966
  5. Habire (JPN) ... 9 ... $91,421
  6. George Tesoro (JPN) ... 5 ... $97,429
  7. Satono Phoenix (JPN) ... 2 ... $218,951

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Tarifa ... 50 ... $180,000
    Manama Gold ... 50 ... $90,000
  2. Just F Y I ... 40 ... $1,260,000
  3. Intricate ... 35 ... $300,455
  4. Gin Gin ... 26 ... $106,708
  5. West Omaha ... 25 ... $110,000
  6. Perfect Shot ... 25 ... $60,000
  7. V V's Dream ... 23 ... $370,105
  8. Band of Gold ... 21 ... $137,000
  9. Power Squeeze ... 20 ... $152,070
  10. Recharge ... 20 ... $148,500
  11. Kopion ... 20 ... $80,000
  12. Alpine Princess ... 20 ... $79,500
  13. Candied ... 19 ... $538,050
  14. Life Talk ... 19 ... $285,500
  15. Jody's Pride ... 15 ... $422,500
  16. Shimmering Allure ... 13 ... $173,375
  17. Scalable ... 12 ... $100,000
  18. Candy Aisle ... 10 ... $198,500
  19. West Sunset ... 10 ... $123,000
  20. Denim and Pearls ... 10 ... $83,000
  21. Fiona's Magic ... 10 ... $30,750
  22. Princess Mayfair ... 10 ... $20,000 (career $78,500)
  23. Whocouldaskformo ... 10 ... $20,000 (career $49,400)
  24. Sistina Chapel ... 9 ... $25,000
  25. Neom Beach ... 6 ... $41,500
  26. Simply Enchanting ... 6 ... $24,750
  27. She's a Tempest ... 6 ... $12,000
  28. America's Vow ... 6 ... $10,000
  29. Thorpedo Anna ... 5 ... $78,050
  30. Tapit Jenallie ... 4 ... $81,100
  31. Alys Beach ... 3 ... $75,750
  32. Emery ... 2 ... $24,000

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