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:

RankHorseTrainerLast StartNext Start
1Copper Bullet (More Than Ready)Steve Asmussen1st, 2017 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) ???
2Dak Attack (Ghostzapper)Dale Romans1st, Ellis Park Juvenile Breeders Futurity
3Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 1st, Del Mar Futurity (G1) Frontrunner Stakes
4Sporting Chance (Tiznow)D. Wayne Lukas1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)Breeders Futurity
5Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans2nd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
6Zatter (Midnight Lute) Bob Baffert 2nd, Del Mar Futurity (G1)Frontrunner Stakes
7Run Away (Run Away and Hide)Simon Callaghan1st, Barrets Juvenile Breeders Cup Juvenile
8Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon)Dale Romans2nd, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
9He Hate Me (Algorithms)Horacio DePaz1st, 2017 Tremont Stakes???
10The Tabulator (Dialed In)Larry Rivelli 1st, Iroquois Stakes (G3) ???
11Nero (Pioneerof the Nile) Bob Baffert 2nd, Del Mar MSW (8/27/17)???
12Honorable Treasure (To Honor and Serve) Keen McPeek 1st, Saratoga MSW (8/19/17)???
13Givemeaminit (Star Guitar) Dallas Stewart 3rd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
14Mojovation (Quality Road)Todd Pletcher7th, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
15Kowboy Karma (Kodiak Kowboy)Larry Jones 2nd, Sapling Stakes ???
16St. Patrick's Day (Pioneerof the Nile) Bob Baffert 1st, Del Mar MSW (9/2/17)???
17Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior)Jason Service 4th, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
18Tatters to Riches (Union Rags) Jeff Mullins 6th, Del Mar Futurity (G1)Frontrunner Stakes
19Soutache (Backtalk) Ralph Nicks 1st, Affirmed Stakes ???
20Ten City (Run Away and Hide)Kenny McPeek3rd, Iroquois Stakes (G3) Breeders Cup Juvenile

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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