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2024 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 4/23/2024

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 April 14, 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?

Dornoch
Sierra Leone
Mystik Dan
Catching Freedom
Catalytic
Just Steel
Honor Marie
Just a Touch
Encino
T O Password
Forever Young
Track Phantom
West Saratoga
Endlessly
Domestic Product
Grand Mo the First
Fierceness
Stronghold
Resilience
Society Man
Epic Ride (AE)
Mugatu (AE)

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. Sierra Leone ... 155 ... $871,250
  2. Fierceness ... 136 ... $1,646,100
  3. Catching Freedom ... 125 ... $802,000
  4. Stronghold ... 125 ... $742,800
  5. Resilience ... 110 ... $416,000
  6. Forever Young ... 100 ... $1,769,919
  7. Endlessly ... 100 ... $658,000
  8. Dornoch ... 75 ... $472,375
  9. Just a Touch ... 75 ... $247,500
  10. Track Phantom ... 70 ... $300,000
  11. West Saratoga ... 67 ... $363,640
  12. Just Steel ... 65 ... $628,295
  13. Honor Marie ... 65 ... $448,455
  14. Domestic Product ... 60 ... $260,500
  15. Catalytic ... 50 ... $186,000
  16. Society Man ... 50 ... $141,875
  17. Mystik Dan ... 46 ... $550,050
  18. Encino ... 40 ... $323,136
  19. Grand Mo the First ... 40 ... $164,250
  20. T O Password ... ** ... $120,474 (Japan invitee)
  21. Epic Ride ... 35 ... $198,315
  22. Hades ... 30 ... $189,800
  23. Uncle Heavy ... 30 ... $167,500
  24. Seize the Grey ... 27 ... $100,663
  25. Le Dom Bro ... 25 ... $106,000 (late Triple Crown nominee)
  26. Tuscan Gold ... 25 ... $100,000
  27. Protective ... 25 ... $75,000
  28. Mugatu ... 14 ... $80,570 (late Triple Crown nominee)

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Bracken's Laugh (IRE) ... 30 ... $7,577
  2. Bergamasco (IRE) ... 23 ... $0 (career $46,637)
  3. Orne (IRE) ... 15 ... $141,212
  4. Capulet (IRE) ... 12 ... $46,909
  5. Cuban Tiger (GB) ... 10 ... $0 (career $23,320)
  6. Navy Seal (IRE) ... 8 ... $12,688

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. T O Password (JPN) ... 40 ... $163,339 (accepted invitation)

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Tarifa ... 150 ... $420,000
  2. Where's My Ring ... 125 ... $162,000
  3. Power Squeeze ... 120 ... $300,870
  4. Leslie's Rose ... 115 ... $377,850
  5. Thorpedo Anna ... 105 ... $471,800
  6. Just F Y I ... 90 ... $1,375,500
  7. Gin Gin ... 66 ... $154,708
  8. Fiona's Magic ... 60 ... $163,510
  9. Tapit Jenallie ... 54 ... $216,725
  10. Everland ... 54 ... $185,000
  11. Lemon Muffin ... 50 ... $210,000
  12. Into Champagne ... 50 ... $124,360
  13. Ways and Means ... 50 ... $108,000
  14. Our Pretty Woman ... 50 ... $80,000
  15. Candied ... 34 ... $566,925
  16. Recharge ... 30 ... $174,750
  17. Whocouldaskformo ... 30 ... $37,940
  18. Life Talk ... 29 ... $295,500
  19. Perfect Shot ... 25 ... $60,000
  20. Impel ... 25 ... $57,750
  21. Carmelina ... 25 ... $11,500
  22. Scalable ... 22 ... $107,200
  23. Band of Gold ... 21 ... $149,400
  24. She's a Tempest ... 21 ... $24,000
  25. Maxisuperfly ... 20 ... $90,680
  26. Accommodate Eva ... 17 ... $39,000 (late Oaks nominee)
  27. All Things Go ... 15 ... $39,375
    Ifuaintfursturlast ... 10 ... $6,500

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