Top 2018 Kentucky Derby Contenders

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2018 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Updated weekly, we’ll rank the top 20 Kentucky Derby contenders leading up to the race. Now that the 2-year-old racing is heating up, we are starting to get a feel for what the new crop will look like. However, many things will change, as the race is still several months away. As of now, here’s how the rankings stand:

1Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 3rd, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)San Felipe Stakes
2Good Magic (Curlin)Chad Brown 1st, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
3Solomini (Curlin) Bob Baffert 2nd, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
4Copper Bullet (More Than Ready)Steve Asmussen1st, Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) ???
5Dak Attack (Ghostzapper)Dale Romans1st, Ellis Park Juvenile ???
6Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans9th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
7Sporting Chance (Tiznow)D. Wayne Lukas1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
8Engage (Into Mischief) Chad Brown 1st, Futurity Stakes (G3) ???
9Givemeaminit (Star Guitar) Dallas Stewart 4th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
10The Tabulator (Dialed In)Larry Rivelli 5th, Breeder's Cup Juvenile (G3) ???
11Avery Island (Street Sense) Kiaran McLaughlin 1st, Nashua Stakes (G2)???
12Montauk (Medaglia d'Oro)Todd Pletcher1st, Belmont Park MSW (10/7/17)???
13Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon)Dale Romans6th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
14Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior)Jason Service 7th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
15Greyvitos (Malibu Moon)Adam Kitchingham 1st, Bob Hope Stakes (G3)???
16Enticed (Medaglia d'Oro)Kiaran McLaughlin 3rd, Champagne Stakes (G1)???
17A Different Style (The Factor)John Servis 1st, James F. Lewis Stakes ???
18Soutache (Backtalk) Ralph Nicks 1st, Affirmed Stakes ???
19St. Patrick's Day (Pioneerof the Nile) Bob Baffert 1st, Del Mar MSW (9/2/17)???
20Gotta Go (Shanghai Bobby)Ian Wilks 1st, Street Sense Stakes ???

2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby

The 2018 Kentucky Derby prep race schedule will be released soon! The races start in September and run all the way through April. Check back to this page for all the action leading up to the first Saturday in May.

2018 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Once the Kentucky Derby Prep races get rolling, this will be important to follow. The battle to qualify for the race is always a competitive grind right to the end and every point matters. Throughout the Road to the Kentucky Derby, this will be updated weekly.

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2017 Results and Payouts

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