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Updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings

Creator and Ricardo Santana, Jr. win the Arkansas Derby - Chris Aplin
Chris Aplin

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” is a 34-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 142nd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade 1) on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Earnings in non-restricted stakes races serve as a tie-breaker. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1⁄4-mile race for 3-year-olds every year since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years.

Below is the final Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard following the Arkansas Derby and Lexington. The field is limited to 20 starters and we’ve never seen a higher required point total (currently sitting at 32) to get into the starting gate on that first Saturday in May.

RankHorseTrainerPointsNon-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1Gun RunnerSteve Asmussen151$849,200
2NyquistDoug O'Neill130$3,289,000
3ExaggeratorKeith Desormeaux126$1,628,000
4OutworkTodd Pletcher120$660,000
5Brody's CauseDale Romans114$1,100,000
6CreatorSteve Asmussen110$690,000
7LaniMikio Matsunaga100$1,300,119
8Mor SpiritBob Baffert84$616,800
9MohaymenKiaran McLaughlin80$807,750
10Danzing CandyCliff Sise Jr.60$290,000
11DestinTodd Pletcher51$338,000
12SuddenbreakingnewsDonnie Von Hemel50$637,000
13$+ Oscar NominatedMike Maker50$321,360
14ShagafChad Brown50$270,000
15WhitmoreRon Moquett44$400,000
16Tom's ReadyDallas Stewart44$270,670
17My Man SamChad Brown 40$200,000
18MajestoGustavo Delgado40$190,000 (Career: $239,500)
19Trojan NationPaddy Gallagher40$190,000 (Career: $213,290)
20Mo TomTom Amoss32$268,326
21FellowshipMark Casse32$206,590
22AdventistLeah Gyarmati32$155,000
23LaobanEric Guillot32$142,000
24Dazzling GemBrad Cox30$150,000
25Cherry WineDale Romans25$145,000
26DiscreetnessWilliams Fires10$251,011

$+ = Not Triple Crown nominated but owner intends to pay $200,000 supplemental nomination at time of entry

Sidelined, inactive or appears to be no longer under serious Kentucky Derby consideration have been removed 

Free Kentucky Derby Past Performances

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. International Star (171), 2. Dortmund (170), 3. Carpe Diem (164), 4. American Pharoah (160), 5. Frosted (113), 6. Mubtaahij-IRE (100, $1,400,000), 7. Materiality (100, $632,028), 8. El Kabeir (95), 9. Upstart (76), 10. Far Right (62), 11. Itsaknockout (60), 12. Firing Line (58), 13. Danzig Moon (45), 14. War Story (44), 15. Tencendur (41), 16. Stanford (40), 17. Mr. Z (34), 18. Ocho Ocho Ocho (30, $760,250), 19. Bolo (30, $214,980), 20. Keen Ice (22), AE 21. Frammento (20) and AE 22. Tale of Verve (0).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD –1. California Chrome (150), 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120), 3. Dance With Fate (108), 4. Wicked Strong (102), 5. Samraat (100, $640,000), 6. Danza (100, $620,000), 7. Hoppertunity (95), 8. Intense Holiday (93), 9. Wildcat Red (90), 10. We Miss Artie (60), 11. Ride On Curlin (55), 12. Chitu (54), 13. Tapiture (52), 14. General a Rod (40, $240,000), 15. Medal Count (40, $226,500), 16. Candy Boy (30), 17. Uncle Sigh (24), 18. Vinceremos (20, $191,666), 19. Harry’s Holiday (20, $152,622), 20. Commanding Curve (20, $104,000) and AE 21. Pablo Del Monte (20, $102,000).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD –1. Orb (150, $840,000), 2. Verrazano (150, $810,000), 3. Goldencents (129), 4. Java’s War (122), 5. Overanalyze (110, $908,381), 6. Revolutionary (110, $720,000), 7. Lines of Battle (100), 8. Vyjack (70), 9. Will Take Charge (60), 10. Itsmyluckyday (50, $593,600), 11. Black Onyx (50, $317,130), 12. Palace Malice (50, $200,000), 13. Normandy Invasion (44, $258,000), 14. Frac Daddy (44, $240,596), 15. Mylute (42), 16. Oxbow (36), 17. Falling Sky (30), 18. Charming Kitten (20), 19. Golden Soul (14), 20. Giant Finish (10) and AE 21. Fear the Kitten (6).

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