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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:

RANKHORSETRAINERLAST STARTNEXT START
1Instagrand (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, Best Pal Stakes (G2)???
2Game Winner (Candy Ride)Bob Baffert 1st, Del Mar Futurity (G1)American Pharoah Stakes (9/29/18)
3Call Paul (Friesan Fire) Jason Servis 1st, Saratoga Special (G2)Champagne Stakes (10/6/18)
4Code of Honor (Noble Mission) Shug McGaughey 1st, MSW at Saratoga on 8/18/18???
5Mind Control (Stay Thirsty) Gregory Sacco 1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)Champagne Stakes (10/6/18)
6 Mucho (Blame)Bill Mott2nd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
7Roadster (Quality Road)Bob Baffert 3rd, Del Mar Futurity (G1)???
8Rowayton (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 2nd, Del Mar Futurity (G1)American Pharoah Stakes (9/29/18)
9Aurelius Maximus (Pioneerof The Nile)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Belmont Park on 9/9/18Champagne Stakes (10/6/18)
10Cairo Cat (Cairo Prince) Kenny McPeek 1st, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
11Much Better (Pioneerof The Nile)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 9/1/18???
12Tale of The Union (Union Rags) Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 8/26/18American Pharoah Stakes (9/29/18)
13Complexity (Maclean's Music)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Saratoga on 9/3/18???
14Nitrous (Tapit) Steve Asmussen 3rd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
15Tight Ten (Tapit)Steve Asmussen 2nd, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
16Looking at Bikinis (Lookin At Lucky)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Belmont Park on 9/9/18???
17Standard Deviation (Curlin)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Saratoga on 8/18/18???
18Magic On Tap (Tapit)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 9/1/18???
19Pole Setter (Take Charge Indy)Brad Cox3rd, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
20Frosted Ice (Bellamy Road) Ron Moquett 1st, Bertram F. Bongard 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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