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:

1Good Magic (Curlin)Chad Brown 1st, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)Fountain of Youth Stakes
2McKinzie (Street Sense)Bob Baffert 1st, Sham Stakes (G3)Rebel or San Felipe Stakes
3Solomini (Curlin) Bob Baffert 3rd, Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)Rebel or San Felipe Stakes
4Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 3rd, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)San Felipe Stakes
5Audible (Into Mischief)Todd Pletcher1st, Holy Bull Stakes (G2)Florida Derby
6Avery Island (Street Sense) Kiaran McLaughlin 1st, Withers Stakes Stakes (G3)Louisiana Derby
7Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans2nd, Holy Bull Stakes (G2)Fountain of Youth Stakes
8Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) Jonathan Thomas 2nd, Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3)???
9Sporting Chance (Tiznow)D. Wayne Lukas3rd, Southwest Stakes (G3)Rebel Stakes
10Bravazo (Awesome Again)D Wayne Lukas 1st, Risen Star Stakes (G2)Louisiana Derby
11Copper Bullet (More Than Ready)Steve Asmussen1st, Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) Rebel Stakes
12Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior) Jason Servis 2nd, Withers Stakes (G3)???
13Instilled Regard (Arch)Jerry Hollendorfer 4th, Risen Star Stakes (G2)???
14Snapper Sinclair (City Zip)Steve Asmussen 2nd, Risen Star Stakes (G2)???
15Tiz Mischief (Into Mischief)Dale Romans3rd, Holy Bull Stakes (G2)Tampa Bay Derby or Rebel Stakes
16Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy)Todd Pletcher 3rd, Risen Star Stakes (G2)???
17Vino Rosso (Curlin) Todd Pletcher 3rd, Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3)Tampa Bay Derby
18Combatant (Scat Daddy)Steve Asmussen 2nd, Southwest Stakes (G2)Rebel Stakes
19My Boy Jack (Creative Cause) Keith Desormeaux 1st, Southwest Stakes (G3)Louisiana or Arkansas Derby
20Flameaway (Scat Daddy)Mark Casse 1st, Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) Tampa Bay Derby

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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