Road to the Kentucky Derby

Ultimate Racing Guide for North American Kentucky Derby Prep Races

Finding a horse to follow on the Road to the Kentucky Derby could be overwhelming for some. With typically over 21,000 Thoroughbreds hoping to earn their way into the top 20 contenders for starting in the first Saturday in May, we have compiled all the information you could want for learning about who to cheer on! Expert picks, analysis, insider news and more can be found listed below. Bookmark this helpful page to find regular updates and added information over time.

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON (2020-2021)

IROQUOIS
September 5, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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SHAM
January 2, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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AMERICAN PHAROAH
September 26, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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LECOMTE
January 16, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' FUTURITY
October 3, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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SMARTY JONES
January 22, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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CHAMPAGNE
October 10, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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ROBERT B. LEWIS
January 30, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE
November 6, 2020
Points 20–8–4–2

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HOLY BULL
January 30, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB
November 30, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

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WITHERS
February 6, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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REMSEN
December 5, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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SAM F. DAVIS
February 6, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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SPRINGBOARD MILE
December 18, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
February 13, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY
December 19, 2020
Points 10-4-2-1

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JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL
February 26, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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JEROME
January 1, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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SOUTHWEST
February 27, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (2020-2021)

RISEN STAR
February 13, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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FLORIDA DERBY
March 27, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
February 27, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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UAE DERBY
March 27, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10


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GOTHAM
March 6, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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BLUE GRASS
April 3, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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TAMPA BAY DERBY
March 6, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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SANTA ANITA DERBY
April 3, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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SAN FELIPE
March 6, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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WOOD MEMORIAL STAKES
April 3, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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REBEL
March 13, 2021
Points 50-20-10-5

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ARKANSAS DERBY
April 10, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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LOUISIANA DERBY
March 20, 2021
Points 100-40-20-10

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LEXINGTON STAKES
April 10, 2021
Points 20-8-4-2

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JEFF RUBY STEAKS
March 27, 2021
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 Essential Quality 140 Godolphin LLC (Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum) Brad Cox $2,210,000
2 Hot Rod Charlie 110 Roadrunner Racing (Greg Helm), Boat Racing LLC (Eric Armagost, et al.) & Strauss Bros Racing (Bill Strauss) Doug O’Neill $962,000
3 Super Stock 109 Erv Woolsey & Keith Asmussen Steve Asmussen $709,000
4 Like the King 104 M Racing Group LLC (Mickey Gonzalez) Wesley Ward $161,300
5 Known Agenda 102 St. Elias Stable (Vincent Viola) Todd Pletcher $461,100
6 Rock Your World 100 Hronis Racing LLC (Kosta & Pete Hronis) & David Michael Talla John Sadler $510,000
7 Bourbonic 100 Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) Todd Pletcher $400,000
8 Medina Spirit 74 Zedan Racing Stables Inc. (Amr F. Zedan) Bob Baffert $290,000
9 Midnight Bourbon 66 Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell) Steve Asmussen $430,000
10 Mandaloun 52 Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Prince Fahad bin Khaled) Brad Cox $270,000
11 Caddo River 50 Shortleaf Stable Inc. (John Ed Anthony) Brad Cox $320,000
12 Highly Motivated 50 Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman) Chad Brown $271,000
13 Helium 50 D J Stable LLC (Leonard Green) Mark Casse $255,492
14 Soup and Sandwich 40 Live Oak Plantation (Charlotte C. Weber) Mark Casse $161,000
15 Dynamic One 40 Repole Stable (Mike Repole), Phipps Stable (Daisy Phipps Pulito) & St. Elias Stable (Vincent Viola) Todd Pletcher $140,000
16 Sainthood 40 WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt) & CHC Inc. (Kit Ng) Todd Pletcher $47,500
17 Hidden Stash 32 BBN Racing LLC (Brian Klatsky, Brendan O’Brien & Braxton Lynch) Vicki Oliver $130,000
18 O Besos 25 L. Barrett Bernard, Tagg Team Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds (Terry Finley et al) Greg Foley $116,000
19 Get Her Number 20 Gary Barber Peter Miller $242,667
20 King Fury 20 Fern Circle Stables & Three Chimneys Farm LLC Kenny McPeek $207,595

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Kentucky Derby prep winners by speed rating
Ordered by highest earned speed rating of prep races won
Rank Horse Speed Rating Class Rating
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Brooklyn Strong 107 120
2 Weyburn 104 120.2
3 Greatest Honour 103 121.1
4 Life Is Good 103 122.9
5 Essential Quality 102 122.2
6 Rock Your World 102 122.3
7 Jackie's Warrior 101 120.7
8 Spielberg 101 117.9
9 Known Agenda 101 121.2
10 Mandaloun 100 119.3
11 Super Stock 97 119.5
12 Caddo River 96 123
13 Hot Rod Charlie 96 119.6
14 Midnight Bourbon 95 118.8
15 Concert Tour 95 119.8
16 King Fury 95 120.9
17 Senor Buscador 94 118.9
18 Medina Spirit 94 119.5
19 Like the King 94 119.9
20 Bourbonic 94 119
Last updated April 23, 2021
KENTUCKY DERBY ANALYSIS AND EXPERT OPINION

Road to the Kentucky Derby Reports by James Scully

Return here to find regular installments of the Kentucky Derby Reports

Kentucky Derby Report – Prep races completed
Kentucky Derby Report – Essential Quality displays resolve, Rock Your World adds speed
Kentucky Derby Report – Known Agenda keeps ascending in Florida Derby
Kentucky Derby Report – Hot Rod Charlie boosts his stock
Kentucky Derby Report: Concert Tour breaks out in Rebel
Kentucky Derby Report – Life Is Good makes short work of San Felipe foes
Kentucky Derby Report – Essential Quality stylishly returns, Greatest Honour finds a way to win
Kentucky Derby Report: February to close with three preps
Kentucky Derby Report: Concert Tour among new stakes winners
Kentucky Derby Report: Greatest Honour, Medina Spirit make their mark
Kentucky Derby Report – Smarty Jones catapults Caddo River into spotlight
Kentucky Derby Report – Midnight Bourbon pops for Asmussen
Kentucky Derby Report – Life Is Good passes two-turn test in Sham

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Champion Essential Quality Made 3-1 Morning Line Favorite in Final Kentucky Derby 147 Future Wager Pool
Champion Essential Quality Made 7-2 Favorite in Pool 4 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager; Oaks Future Wager Runs Concurrently, Includes Oaks/Derby Future Double
Essential Quality, Life Is Good Made 8-1 Co-Individual Favorites in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3
Undefeated Life Is Good Made Early 6-1 Individual Favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Four horses to bet in the first round of Kentucky Derby future wagers

KENTUCKY DERBY & OAKS NEWS

Kentucky Derby roundup: April 12, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks roundup: April 5, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks roundup: March 29, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Mar. 22, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: March 15, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: March 8, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Mar. 1, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Feb. 22, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Feb. 15, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Feb. 8, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Feb. 1, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Jan. 25, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Jan. 18, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Jan. 4, 2021
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Dec. 21, 2020
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Dec. 7, 2020
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Nov. 30, 2020
Kentucky Derby and Oaks Roundup: Nov. 24, 2020

European and Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Coverage

Fundamental takes Cardinal in final stop on European Road
Bluebloods clash as European Road culminates in Cardinal Conditions Stakes
God Selection dominates Fukuryu to conclude Japan Road
Fourteen set for Japan Road finale in Fukuryu Stakes
Will the European Road produce a 2021 Kentucky Derby runner?
La Perouse powers to Japan Road leadership in Hyacinth
Takeru Pegasus looks to take flight in Hyacinth
Godolphin, Japan lead international nominees to 2021 Triple Crown
Unbeaten Alain Barows romps in Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun
Dualist brings perfect record to Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun
Lemon Pop passes first Japan Road to Kentucky Derby test in Cattleya Stakes
Godolphin’s Lemon Pop intrigues in Cattleya Stakes on Japan Road to Kentucky Derby
Mac Swiney slogs to victory in Vertem Futurity Trophy
One Ruler takes on Wembley in Vertem Futurity Trophy
Sealiway romps in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
O’Brien relies on St Mark’s Basilica in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
High Definition, New Mandate kick off 2021 European Road to the Kentucky Derby series with closing victories
European Road to 2021 Kentucky Derby begins with Royal Lodge, Beresford


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