Top 2018 Kentucky Derby Contenders

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2018 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide

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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:

1Improbable (City Zip) Bob Baffert 1st, Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)???
2Game Winner (Candy Ride)Bob Baffert 1st, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
3Coliseum (Tapit)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 11/17/18???
4Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man)Bob Baffert2nd, Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)???
5Instagrand (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, Best Pal Stakes (G2)???
6Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief)Butch Reid Jr. 1st, Remsen Stakes (G2)???
7Signalman (General Quarters)Kenny McPeek 1st, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)???
8Code of Honor (Noble Mission) Shug McGaughey 2nd, Champagne Stakes (G1)???
9 Mucho (Blame)Bill Mott2nd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
10Gunmetal Gray (Exchange Rate)Jerry Hollendorfer 5th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
11Vekoma (Candy Ride) George Weaver 1st, Nashua Stakes (G3)???
12Knicks Go (Paynter) Ben Colebrook 11th, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)???
13Cairo Cat (Cairo Prince) Kenny McPeek 1st, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
14Roadster (Quality Road)Bob Baffert 3rd, Del Mar Futurity (G1)???
15Network Effect (Mark Valeski)Chad Brown 2nd, Remsen Stakes (G2)???
16Rowayton (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 3rd, American Pharoah (G1)???
17Mr. Money (Goldencents)Bret Calhoun 4th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
18Magic On Tap (Tapit)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 9/1/18???
19Looking at Bikinis (Lookin At Lucky)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Belmont Park on 9/9/18???
20Plus Que Parfait (Point of Entry) Brendan Walsh2nd, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)???

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.

Latest Kentucky Derby News

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2017 Results and Payouts

Find out who won last year and what it paid out.

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