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.

2022 KENTUCKY DERBY POST POSITIONS
Post Position Horse Jockey ML Odds
1 Mo Donegal Irad Ortiz, Jr 10-1
2 Happy Jack Rafael Bejarano 30-1
3 Epicenter Joel Rosario 7-2
4 Summer is Tomorrow Mikael Barzalona 30-1
5 Smile Happy Corey Lanerie 20-1
6 Messier John Velazquez 8-1
7 Crown Pride Christophe Limarie 20-1
8 Charge It Manny Saez 20-1
9 Tiz the Bomb Brian Hernandez, Jr. 30-1
10 Zandon Flavien Prat 3-1
11 Pioneer of Medina Joe Bravo 30-1
12 Taiba Mike Smith 12-1
13 Simplification Jose Ortiz 20-1
14 Barber Road Reyliu Gutierrez 30-1
15 White Abarrio Tyler Gaffalione 10-1
16 Cyberknife Florent Geroux 20-1
17 Classic Causeway Julien Leparoux 30-1
18 Tawny Port Ricardo Santana 30-1
19 Zozos Manny Franco 20-1
20 Ethereal Road Luis Contreras SCR
21 Rich Strike Sonny Leaone 30-1
AE Rattle N Roll James Graham SCR

Everything you need to know about the 2022 Kentucky Derby post positions

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON (2021-2022)

IROQUOIS
September 18, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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JEROME
January 1, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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AMERICAN PHAROAH
October 1, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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SHAM
January 1, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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CHAMPAGNE
October 2, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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LECOMTE
January 22, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' FUTURITY
October 9, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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SOUTHWEST
January 29, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE
November 5, 2021
Points 20–8–4–2

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HOLY BULL
February 5, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB
November 27, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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WITHERS
February 5, 2022
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REMSEN
December 4, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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ROBERT B. LEWIS
February 6, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY
December 11, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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SAM F. DAVIS
February 12, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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SPRINGBOARD MILE
December 17, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
February 12, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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GUN RUNNER
December 26, 2021
Points 10-4-2-1

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JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL
March 5, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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SMARTY JONES
January 1, 2022
Points 10-4-2-1

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KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (2020-2021)

RISEN STAR
February 19, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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SUNLAND DERBY
March 27, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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REBEL
February 26, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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FLORIDA DERBY
April 2, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
March 5, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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ARKANSAS DERBY
April 2, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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GOTHAM
March 5, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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JEFF RUBY STEAKS
April 2, 2022
Points 20-8-4-2

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SAN FELIPE
March 5, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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WOOD MEMORIAL STAKES
April 9, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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TAMPA BAY DERBY
March 12, 2022
Points 50-20-10-5

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BLUE GRASS
April 9, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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UAE DERBY
March 26, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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SANTA ANITA DERBY
April 9, 2022
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LOUISIANA DERBY
March 26, 2022
Points 100-40-20-10

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LEXINGTON STAKES
April 16, 2022
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 Epicenter 164 Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Joan & Ron Winchell) Steve Asmussen $940,000
2 Zandon 114 Jeff Drown Chad Brown $663,500
3 White Abarrio 112 C2 Racing Stable LLC (Clint Cornett) & La Milagrosa Stable LLC (Antonio Pagnano) Saffie Joseph Jr. $769,650
4 Mo Donegal 112 Donegal Racing (Jerry Crawford et al) Todd Pletcher $561,500
5 Tiz the Bomb 110 Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek et al) Kenny McPeek $1,012,610
6 Cyberknife 100 Gold Square LLC (Abraham “Al” Gold) Brad Cox $752,000
7 Crown Pride (JPN) 100 Teruya Yoshida Koichi Shintani $671,544
8 Taiba 100 Zedan Racing Stables Inc. (Amr Zedan) Tim Yakteen $450,000
9 Simplification 74 Tami Bobo Antonio Sano $482,150
10 Smile Happy 70 Lucky Seven Stable (Michael J. Mackin) Kenny McPeek $499,410
11 Classic Causeway 66 Kentucky West Racing LLC (Patrick O’Keefe) & Clarke M. Cooper Brian Lynch $466,100
12 Tawny Port 60 Peachtree Stable (John Fort) Brad Cox $351,400
13 Barber Road 58 WSS Racing LLC (William Simon) John Ortiz $589,700
14 Un Ojo 54 Cypress Creek Equine (Kevin Moody) & Whispering Oaks Farm LLC (Carrol Castille) Ricky Courville $661,250
15 Messier 40 SF Racing LLC (Gavin Murphy), Starlight Racing (Jack Wolf), et al. Tim Yakteen $390,000
16 Zozos 40 Barry & Joni Butzow Brad Cox $200,000
Career: $291,200
17 Summer Is Tomorrow 40 Michael Hilary Burke & Negar Burke Bhupat Seemar $200,000
Career: $267,606
18 Charge It 40 Whisper Hill Farm (Amanda Pope) Todd Pletcher $188,000
19 Happy Jack 30 Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) Doug O’Neill $142,000
20 Pioneer of Medina 25 Sumaya U. S. Stables (Oussama Aboughazale) Todd Pletcher $116,000

Last updated May 1, 2022

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Kentucky Derby prep winners by speed rating
Ordered by highest earned speed rating of prep races won
Rank Winner Speed Rating Class Rating
1 Mo Donegal 111 122.6
2 Taiba 110 120.5
3 Messier 104 122.3
4 Zandon 103 121.4
5 Corniche 102 121.3
6 Forbidden Kingdom 102 120.7
7 Slow Down Andy 101 119.9
8 Epicenter 101 120.8
9 Tiz the Bomb 101 120
10 Classic Causeway 99 120.7
11 Morello 99 122.2
12 Smile Happy 98 120
13 Newgrange 98 119.9
14 Jack Christopher 97 121.9
15 White Abarrio 97 121
16 Rattle N Roll 95 120.3
17 Simplification 95 121.1
18 Call Me Midnight 94 119.1
19 Cyberknife 94 120.9
20 Un Ojo 92 118.6

Last updated April 27, 2022


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