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2022 Kentucky Derby Contenders and Leaderboard

2022 Kentucky Derby Contenders and Leaderboard

With the 2022 Kentucky Derby approaching, see the latest top 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders here. Find the points leaders in this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby and latest info on the top 20 horses below.

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2022 TOP 20 KENTUCKY DERBY CONTENDERS

Check out the latest contenders who are hopeful to start the 2022 Kentucky Derby. 

RankHorseTrainersLast StartPossible Next Start
1Epicenter Steve Asmussen1st, Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair GroundsKentucky Derby (G1)
2ZandonChad Brown1st, Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at KeenelandKentucky Derby (G1)
3Messier Tim Yakteen2nd, Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita Kentucky Derby (G1)
4Taiba Tim Yakteen1st, Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita Kentucky Derby (G1)
5White Abarrio Saffie Joseph Jr. 1st, Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park Kentucky Derby (G1)
6Simplification Antonio Sano 3rd, Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park Kentucky Derby (G1)
7Mo Donegal Todd Pletcher 1st, Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Kentucky Derby (G1)
8Smile HappyKenny McPeek2nd, Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at KeenelandKentucky Derby (G1)
9Cyberknife Brad Cox1st, Arkansas Derby (G1)Kentucky Derby (G1)
10Charge ItTodd Pletcher 2nd, Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
11Zozos Brad Cox2nd, Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair GroundsKentucky Derby (G1)
12Tiz the BombKenny McPeek1st, Jeff Ruby Stakes at Turfway ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
13Crown PrideKoichi Shintani1st, UAE Derby at Meydan Race CourseKentucky Derby (G1)
14Pioneer of MedinaTodd Pletcher3rd, Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair GroundsKentucky Derby (G1)
15Tawny PortBrad Cox2nd, Jeff Ruby Stakes at Turfway ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
16Classic CausewayBrian Lynch 11th, Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
17Barber RoadJohn Ortiz2nd, Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
18Happy JackDoug O'Neill3rd, Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita ParkKentucky Derby (G1)
19Ethereal RoadD Wayne Lukas4th, Lexington Stakes (G3) at KeenelandKentucky Derby (G1)
20Summer Is TomorrowBhupat Seemar2nd, UAE Derby at Meydan Race CourseKentucky Derby (G1)
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2022 KENTUCKY DERBY POINT LEADERS

Leaderboard for qualifying points to the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated qualifying Kentucky Derby prep races listed here. The Kentucky Derby field is reserved for the top 20 point earners. Two positions in the Kentucky Derby starting gate – one from Japan and one from Europe – will be extended to the horse that accrues the most points in their respective series.

America Road to the Kentucky Derby

RANKHORSEPOINTSTRAINEROWNER
1Epicenter 164Steve AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC
2Zandon114Chad BrownJeff Drown
3White Abarrio112Saffie Joseph, Jr.C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable, LLC
4Mo Donegal112Todd PletcherDonegal Racing
5Tiz the Bomb110Kenny McPeekMagdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek et al)
6Cyberknife100Brad CoxGold Square LLC (Abraham Gold)
7Crown Pride100Koichi ShintaniTeruya Yoshida
8Taiba100Tim YakteenZedan Racing Stables Inc. (Amr Zedan)
9Simplification 74Antonio SanoTami Bobo
10Smile Happy70Kenny McPeekLucky Seven Stable
11Classic Causeway66Brian LynchKentucky West Racing LLC (Patrick O’Keefe) & Clarke M. Cooper
12Tawny Port60Brad CoxPeachtree Stable (John Fort)
13Barber Road58John OrtizWSS Racing LLC
14Messier40Tim YakteenSF Racing LLC (Gavin Murphy), Starlight Racing (Jack Wolf),
Madaket Stables LLC (Sol Kumin), Robert E. Masterson, Jay
A. Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital LLC (W. Gregg Slager),
Catherine M. Donovan, Golconda Stable (Ben Goldberg &
Elliot Friman), Siena Farm LLC (Anthony Manganaro)
15Zozos40Brad CoxBarry & Joni Butzow
16Summer Is Tomorrow40Bhupat SeemarMichael Hilary Burke & Negar Burke
17Charge It40Todd Pletcher Whisper Hill Farm (Amanda Pope)
18Happy Jack30 Doug O'NeillCalumet Farm (Brad Kelley)
19Pioneer of Medina25Todd PletcherSumaya U. S. Stables
20Ethereal Road22D Wayne LukasAaron Sones
21Rich Strike21Eric ReedRED TR-Racing LLC (Richard Dawson)
22Rattle N Roll20Kenny McPeekLucky Seven Stable
23Bye Bye Bobby20Todd Fincher B4 Farms LLC
24Skippylongstocking20Saffie Joseph Jr.Daniel Alonso
25Major General18Todd PletcherWinStar Farm LLC and Siena Farm LLC
26Golden Glider15Mark CassePenny & Manfred Conrad

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

RANKHORSEPOINTS
-Luxembourg (IRE)20
-Juncture (GB)20
-Blue Trail (Ire)20
-Angel Bleu (FR)10
-Royal Patronage (FR)10
-Morning Soldier (Ire)8
-Harrow (Ire)8
-Noble Truth (FR)4
-Coroebus (IRE)4
-Sissoko (IRE)4
-Manu Et Corde (IRE)4
-Sister Bridget (Ire)4
-Find (GB)4
-Bayside Boy (IRE)2
-Ancient Rome2
-Unconquerable (IRE)2
-Tuwaiq (Ire)2
-In Ecstasy (Ire)2
-Havana Goldrush (GB)2
-Tuwaiq (IRE)2
-Accakaba (IRE)1
-Masekela (IRE)1
-Hannibal Barca (IRE)1
-Swan Bay (IRE)1

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

RANKHORSEPOINTS
-Delicada (JPN)40
-Combustion (JPN)38
-Dry Stout (JPN)20
-Notturno (JPN)16
1Geraldo Barows (JPN)14
2Consigliere (JPN)10
-Peisha Es (JPN)8
-Sea Vixen6
-Praelude (JPN)4
-Odilon (JPN)4
3Café Karma (JPN)4
4Sekifu (JPN)2
5Geraldo Barows (JPN)2
-World Connector1
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