Road to the Kentucky Derby

Ultimate Racing Guide for North American Kentucky Derby Prep Races

How will you select which horse will win the Kentucky Derby? The information below will help by providing information, analysis and past performances on the path 21,000 Thoroughbreds take towards becoming a select 20 contenders and one winner on the first Saturday in May each year.

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KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON (2018-2019)

IROQUOIS
September 15, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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SHAM
January 5, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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AMERICAN PHAROAH
September 29, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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LECOMTE
January 19, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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CHAMPAGNE
October 6, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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SMARTY JONES
January 25, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' FUTURITY
October 6, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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ROBERT B. LEWIS
February 2, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE
November 2, 2018
Points 20–8–4–2

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WITHERS
February 2, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB
November 24, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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HOLY BULL
February 2, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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REMSEN
December 1, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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SAM F. DAVIS
February 9, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY
December 8, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

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EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
February 16, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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SPRINGBOARD MILE
December 16, 2018
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SOUTHWEST
February 18, 2019
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JEROME
January 1, 2019
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KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (2018-2019)

RISEN STAR
February 16, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

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SUNLAND DERBY
March 24, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
March 2, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

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UAE DERBY
March 30, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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GOTHAM
March 9, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

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FLORIDA DERBY
March 30, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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TAMPA BAY DERBY
March 9, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

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WOOD MEMORIAL
April 6, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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JEFF RUBY STEAKS
March 9, 2019
20-8-4-2

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BLUE GRASS
April 6, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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REBEL (DIVISION 1)
March 16, 2019
Points 37.5-15-7.5-3.5

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SANTA ANITA DERBY
April 6, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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REBEL (DIVISION 2)
March 16, 2019
Points 37.5-15-7.5-3.5

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ARKANSAS DERBY
April 13, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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LOUISIANA DERBY
March 23, 2019
Points 100-40-20-10

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LEXINGTON STAKES
April 13, 2019
Points 20-8-4-2

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KENTUCKY DERBY STATS AND NUMBERS
Road to the Kentucky Derby Top 20 Point Earners
Rank Horse Points Owner(s) Trainer Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1 War of Will 60 Gary Barber Mark Casse $440,840
2 Code of Honor 54 W.S. Fairsh Shug McGaughey $338,070
3 Long Range Toddy
53.5 Willis Horton Racing LLC
Steve Asmussen
$830,000
4 Haikal 50 Shadwell Stables (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum) Kiaran McLaughlin $247,500
5 Tacitus 50 Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Prince Khalid Abdullah) Bill Mott $210,000
6 Game Winner
45 Gary & Mary West
Bob Baffert
$1,610,000
7 Omaha Beach 37.5 Fox Hill Farm (Rick Porter) Richard Mandella$450,000
8 Mind Control
30 Red Oak Stable (Stephen Brunetti) & Madaket Stables LLC (Sol Kumin)
Gregg Sacco
$355,000
9 Improbable
25 WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt), China Horse Club International Ltd. (Ah Khing Teo) & Starlight Racing (Jack Wolf et al)
Bob Baffert
$389,520
10 Gunmetal Gray
21.75 Hollendorfer LLC, Pearl Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds (Terry Finley)
Jerry Hollendorfer
$247,500
11 Bourbon War 21 Bourbon Lane Stable (Jamie Hill) & Lake Star Stable Mark Hennig $90,200
12 Somelikeithotbrown 20 Skychai Racing LLC (Jim Shircliff & Harvey Diamond) & Sand Dollar Stable LLC (David Koenig et al) Mike Maker $321,665
13 Country House
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Mrs. J.V. Shields, E.J.M McFadden Jr. & LNJ Foxwoods (Larry, Nanci & Jamie Roth)
Bill Mott
$80,000
14 Outshine 20 Let's Go Stable (Kevin Scatuorchio & Bryan Sullivan & Richard D. Schibell Todd Pletcher $74,500
15 Knicks Go
18
KRA Stud Farm (Jin Woo Lee)
Ben Colebrook
$665,085
16 Signalman
18
Tommie M. Lewis, Steve Crabtree, Dean Demaree, David Bernsen, Jim Chambers and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek)
Kenny McPeek
$392,840
17 Mucho Gusto
14
Michael Lund Petersen

$210,000
18 Tax
12
R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch & Corms Racing Stable
Danny Gargan
$167,500
19 Harvey Wallbanger
10 Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott K. Akman & Paul Braverman
Kenny McPeek
$208,320
20Well Defined
10 Stonehedge LLC
Kathy O'Connell
$172,970
last updated March 168, 2019        

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Last Race BRIS Speed/Class Ratings by Kentucky Derby Qualifiers
Rank Horse Speed Rating Class Rating Last Race (finish)
1 War of Will 96 119.7 Risen Star (1st)
2 Code of Honor 95 120.8 Fountain of Youth (1st)
3 Long Range Toddy 97 120.1 Rebel (1st) Division) (1st) 
4 Haikal
102 121.9 Gotham (1st)
5 Tacitus
95
118.0
Tampa Bay Derby (1st)
6 Game Winner
98
119.6
Rebel (2nd Division) (2nd)
7 Omaha Beach
98
119.6
Rebel (2nd Division) (1st)
8 Mind Control
101 121.1 Gotham (2nd)
9 Improbable
97 119.9
Rebel (1st Division) (2nd)
10 Gunmetal Gray 87 115.3 Rebel (2nd Division) (4th)
11 Bourbon War 94 120.0 Fountain of Youth (2nd)
12 Somelikeithotbrown 91 117.6 Jeff Ruby Steaks (1st)
13 Country House 93 118.3 Risen Star (2nd)
14 Outshine 93 117. Tampa Bay Derby (2nd)
15 Knicks Go 39 107.3 Gotham (7th)
16 Signalman 87 117.3 Fountain of Youth (7th)
17 Mucho Gusto 95 117.6 Robert B. Lewis (1st)
18 Tax 102 116.5 Withers (1st)
19 Harvey Wallbanger 95 118.1 Holy Bull (1st)
20 Well Defined 87 114.7 Tampa Bay Derby (8th)
*last updated March 16, 2019 

KELLIE REILLY'S TALES FROM THE CRIB

Improbable
Game Winner
War of Will

KENTUCKY DERBY ANALYSIS AND EXPERT OPINION

Road to the Kentucky Derby Reports by James Scully

Rebel yields close finishes
Tacitus steps up for Mott
Code of Honor rebounds, Bourbon War finishes fast
Fountain of Youth begins key stretch
War of Will keeps rolling at Fair Grounds
Risen Star kicks off Championship Season
Favorite falters in Holy Bull
Speed reigns in Smarty Jones
War of Will aces Lecomte test
Lecomte in the spotlight
Two Derby legends on my mind

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

'All Others' 9-2 Favorite, Improbable, Game Winner 6-1 second choice in Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Baffert's Game Winner, Improbable head Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3; Oaks Future Wager runs concurrently with Oaks/Derby Future double
'All Others" 5-2 favorite, Juvenile champ Game Winner 5-1 at conclusion of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2
'All Others' 6-5 favorite, Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ Game Winner 5-1 in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1
Horses to consider in Pool 1 of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Road to the Kentucky Derby picks and best bets

The 2019 Louisiana Derby is the Best Bet of the Weekend
Second division of the 2019 Rebel Stakes is the Best Bet of the Weekend
Gotham is the Best Bet of the Weekend
Fountain of Youth is the Best Bet of the Weekend
Risen Star offers up a more than 'perfect' Best Bet of the Weekend
The 2019 Sam F. Davis Stakes is the Best Bet of the weekend
Holy Bull Stakes is the Best Bet of the weekend
The Smarty Jones Stakes is the Best Bet of the weekend
War of Will in Lecomte the best bet of the weekend
Cold Sham exacta is the Best bet of the weekend
Banking on the weekend's best bet
A 'very good' best bet of the weekend
Receiving the 'Signal' for the Weekend's Best Bet
Breeders' Futurity and Champagne selections from our experts
The Vosburgh offers a 'Hint' to the best bet of the weekend
Iroquois selections from our experts
Hog Creek Hustle could be the Iroquois Stakes best bet
Top 10 preview as the Road to the Kentucky Derby gets underway

ON POINTS: What to know on the Road to the Kentucky Derby

ADDITIONAL KENTUCKY DERBY NEWS

MEEHAN: Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute open nominations to walk in Survivors Parade at 14th Longines Kentucky Oaks
REILLY: Mucho Gusto provides boost to historically precarious sire line
QUEK: Super Bowl vs. Kentucky Derby
REILLY: Justify honored as Horse of the Year at Eclipse Awards gala
Early Triple Crown nominations due Saturday
Kentucky Derby purse raised to $3 million
Kentucky Oaks winner Abel Tasman sells for $5 million
REILLY: Best 2018 Kentucky Derby prep: Justify hurls Bolt in Santa Anita Derby
NBC Sports & Churchill Downs to debut Road to the Kentucky Derby Magazine series in Spring 2019
REILLY: Which Breeders' Cup Juvenile trend will go down this year?
REILLY: Game Winner still perfect in Breeders’ Cup WAYI American Pharoah
SCULLY: Accelerate meets returning West Coast in Awesome Again; Game Winner tops five-horse American Pharoah
MUCCIOLO: Ten things to know for the weekend of racing
GENARO: Complexity scores effortless wire victory in Champagne
REILLY: Tentative Kentucky Derby Top 10 ahead of Breeders' Cup Juvenile preps
MUCCIOLO: Five best Kentucky Derby trips
ROGERS: Road to the Kentucky Derby Begins Saturday with Iroquois at Churchill Downs
REILLY: Opry bursts onto stage as versatile two-year-old to follow
KRISTUFEK: Ten two-year-old colts to get excited about
MUCCIOLO: Sapling, Affirmed have proven to be hotbeds of early Kentucky Derby potential
REILLY: Instagrand and Call Paul raise their Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby profiles

International Kentucky Derby News

Thunder Snow second in return; Kentucky Oaks candidate Divine Image thrashes boys in Dubai
Thunder Snow, Gronkowski square off in Dubai World Cup prep
Course specialists win European Road to the Kentucky Derby series preps
O'Brien still holds strong hand in rescheduled Patton
Spanish Mission faces streaking Jahbath in European Road to the Kentucky Derby race at Kempton
O'Brien enters three in Patton as European Road resumes
Oval Ace stays unbeaten in Hyacinth on Japan Road
Triple Crown nominees Derma Louvre, Master Fencer cross swords in Hyacinth at Tokyo
O'Brien seven among 11 European-based Triple Crown nominees
Godolphin, Phoenix Ladies have Triple Crown nominees in Dubai
Derma Louvre tops Japan's 2019 Triple Crown nominees
Walking Thunder storms into UAE Derby picture as Royal Marine Stalls
Royal Marine set for dirt test in UAE 2000 Guineas Trial
Nova Lenda new Japan Road leader after Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun
California-bred Make Happy bests boys as heavy favorite in Cattleya Sho
Four American-breds in line-up for Cattleya Sho in Japan Road kickoff
European Road leader Royal Marine's one to watch on Kentucky Derby trail
Magna Grecia edges Phoenix of Spain in Vertem Futurity Trophy
Magna Grecia, Turgenev clash in Vertem Futurity Trophy
Royal Marine sweeps past Broome in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere 
Anodor aims to defend home turf in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
Japan conquers Mount Everest in Beresford
MUCCIOLO: The Beresford Stakes: Play Pythion as a longshot
Mohawk tops O’Brien trifecta in Royal Lodge
European Road to Kentucky Derby begins with Royal Lodge

International Road to the Kentucky Derby Profiles

European Road to the Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Royal Marine
European Road to the Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Japan
European Road to the Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Mohawk

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