Road to the Kentucky Derby – Feb. 22 Update

Road to the Kentucky Derby

With the Kentucky Derby only a few months away we thought it would be a good time to focus on how the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ qualifying system and points leaderboard looks each week. For the fifth straight year, a tiered points system will determine who will run in the Kentucky Derby.

Road to the Kentucky Derby

Most Kentucky Derby prep races award points to the first four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis. However, some of the more prestigious races, such as the Santa Anita Derby, are on a 100-40-20-10 points system. Below is every qualifying prep race:

Race Track Date Points
Iroquois Churchill Downs 17-Sep-16 10-4-2-1
FrontRunner Santa Anita Park 01-Oct-16 10-4-2-1
Champagne Belmont Park 08-Oct-16 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 08-Oct-16 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park 05-Nov-16 20-8-4-2
Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs 19-Nov-16 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct 26-Nov-16 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 26-Nov-16 10-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho* Tokyo Racecourse 26-Nov-16 40-16-8-4
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course 10-Dec-16 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct 02-Jan-17 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park 07-Jan-17 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 16-Jan-17 10-4-2-1
Lecomte Fair Grounds 21-Jan-17 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct 04-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 04-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park 04-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 11-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields 18-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
Hyacinth* Tokyo Racecourse 19-Feb-17 50-20-10-5
Southwest Oaklawn Park 20-Feb-17 10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds 25-Feb-17 50-20-10-5
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 04-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct 04-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 11-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Park 11-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park 18-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 25-Mar-17 100-40-20-10
Spiral Turfway Park 25-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park 26-Mar-17 50-20-10-5
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 01-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 01-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct 08-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland 08-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park 08-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 15-Apr-17 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland 15-Apr-17 10-4-2-1

*Denotes Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby races

Here is a look at the current leaderboard:

Rank Horse Points
1 Classic Empire 32
2 El Areeb 20
3 McCraken 20
4 Gormley 20
5 Gunnevera 14
6 Practical Joke 14
7 Lookin at Lee 12
8 Uncontested 11
9 One Liner 10
10 Irish War Cry 10
11 Mastery 10
12 Mo Town 10
13 Guest Suite 10
14 Royal Mo 10
15 Petrov 8
16 Irap 8
17 Wild Shot 7
18 True Timber 6
19 No Dozing 5
20 Bonus Points 5
21 Klimt 4
22 Hot Sean 4
23 Dangerfield 4
24 Syndergaard 4
25 Tapwrit 4
26 Untrapped 4
27 American Anthem 4
28 J Boys Echo 3
29 Warrior’s Club 3
30 Recruiting Ready 2
31 State of Honor 2
32 Rowdy the Warrior 2
33 Takaful 2
34 Win With Pride 2
35 Takeoff 2
36 Sheer Flattery 2
37 Big Hit 2
38 Term of Art 1
39 Midnight Pleasure 1
40 Talk Logistics 1
41 Big Gray Rocket 1
42 Silver Dust 1
43 Ann Arbor Eddie 1
44 Bobby Abu Dhabi 1
45 Arklow 1

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