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.

KENTUCKY DERBY PREP SEASON (2018-2019)

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

Advance
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

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

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

SPRINGBOARD MILE
December 16, 2018
Points 10-4-2-1

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile

SOUTHWEST
February 18, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile
Winning Horse Profile

   

JEROME
January 1, 2019
Points 10-4-2-1

Advance
Study Guide
Recap
Recap Video
Race Profile

 
 
KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (2018-2019)

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis

Race Profile

   

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

SAN FELIPE
March 9, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis

Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

REBEL
March 16, 2019
Points 50-20-10-5

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

   

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

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

Advance
Preview Video
Recap
Recap Video
Race Analysis
Race Profile

Full schedule for the 2018-2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby


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 Game Winner 30 Gary &Mary West Bob Baffert $1,460,000
2 Knicks Go 18 KRA Stud Farm (Jin Woo Lee) Ben Colebrook $656,085
3 Signalman
18 Tommie M. Lewis and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek)
Kenny McPeek
$392,840
4 Gunmetal Gray
14 Hollendorfer LLC, Pearl Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds (Terry Finley) Jerry Hollendorfer
$180,000
5 Long Range Toddy 10 Willis Horton Racing LLC Steve Asmussen $300,000
6 Mind Control 10 Red Oak Stable (Stephen Brunetti) & Madaket Stables LLC (Sol Kumin) Gregg Sacco $295,000
7 Complexity
10 Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman)
Chad Brown
$275,000
8 Improbable 10 WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt), China Horse Club International Ltd. (Ah Khing Teo) & Starlight Racing (Jack Wolf et al) Bob Baffert $239,520
9 Maximus Mischief 10 Cash is King LLC (Charles J. Zacney et al) & L C Racing LLC (Glenn Bennett) "Butch" Reid Jr. $137,500
10 Cairo Cat
10 Walking L Thoroughbreds LLC (Scott Leeds) Kenny McPeek $86,490
11 Mucho Gusto 4 Michael Lund Petersen Bob Baffert $120,000
12 Our Braintrust 4 Cathal A. Lynch, Cathal A. & Stanton J. Smith Jr. Cathal Lynch $117,000
13 Code of Honor
4 W. S. Farish
Shug McGaughey
$104,950
14 Network Effect 4 Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman) Chad Brown $90,000
15 Bankit 4 Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell) & Willis Horton Racing LLC Steve Asmussen $80,000
16 Tight Ten
4 Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell)
Steve Asmussen
$67,900
17 Sueno 4 Silverton Hill LLC (Bonnie & Tommy Hamilton)    Keith Desormeaux $65,000
18 Plus Que Parfait 4 Imperial Racing LLC (Michael Foley)    Brendan Walsh    $36,400
19 Call Paul 2 Michael Dubb, David Simon, Bethlehem Stables LLC (Michael J. Caruso) and Bruce Irom Jason Servis $194,000
20 Mr. Money 2 Allied Racing Stable LLC (Chester Thomas) Bret Calhoun $100,000
last updated Jan. 5, 2019        

Full listing of Kentucky Derby point standing updates PDF library


Kentucky Derby prep winners by speed rating (in last prep race won)
Rank Horse Speed Rating Class Rating Prime Power
1 Complexity 99 121.2  
2 Game Winner 97 120.2  
3 Cairo Cat 92 117.6  
4 Knicks Go 92 119.7  
5        
6        
7        
8        
9        
10        
11        
12        
13        
14        
15        
16        
17        
18        
19        
20        

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 Report

Kentucky Derby Spotlight Features by Ed DeRosa

Find Ed DeRosa's thoughts on the latest horse to watch along the path to the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

'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

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

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

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

Want to back a favorite horse running in a Kentucky Derby prep race? Each of the races found on this page are available for wagering at TwinSpires.com!