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2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Points

Updated: 6/22/2020

The Kentucky Derby is on September 5, 2020 (rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic), and the contenders earn points in selected prep races across the country. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, there has to be a method for determining which of the many horses who want to enter can get in the race. In the past, graded stakes earnings were used to determine who will get in the field when entries are taken, but many people disliked this system since one good race as a 2-year-old could get a sub-par horse in over a more talented late bloomer. Since 2013, a new points system called the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" where a specific series of 35 prep races each worth a specific amount of points has decided which horses get in the Derby. A similar system is also in place for the Kentucky Oaks run on September 4, but fillies who want in the Derby will have to compete in with the colts for Derby points. While Derby points earned by fillies will also count toward the Oaks, Oaks points will not count towards the Derby.

Below is a list of horses in order of points earned for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as of June 22, 2020. Also included for comparison are their earnings in non-restricted stakes races which also serve as a tie-breaker. There are also a separate Japan Road to the Derby and European Road to the Derby which guarantee a spot to one horse from Japan and one horse from Europe, if they opt to come for the Kentucky Derby. Results and schedule for the Road to the Derby races.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2020 Kentucky Derby?

Anneau d'Or
Authentic
Dennis' Moment
Eight Rings
Independence Hall
Maxfield
Shoplifted
Shotski
Silver Prospector
Storm the Court
Thousand Words
Tiz the Law
Other

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

  1. ... 272 ... $1,437,400
  2. ... 120 ... $320,000
  3. ... 100 ... $380,000
  4. ... 90 ... $317,050
  5. ... 74 ... $357,156
  6. ... 70 ... $340,000
  7. ... 70 ... $272,820
  8. ... 60 ... $231,035
  9. ... 50 ... $392,500
  10. ... 50 ... $308,410
  11. ... 40 ... $284,505
  12. ... 40 ... $237,500
  13. ... 34 ... $186,000
  14. ... 33 ... $284,550
  15. ... 32 ... $1,198,351
  16. ... 30 ... $243,510
  17. ... 30 ... $121,500
  18. ... 25 ... $205,500
  19. ... 25 ... $120,200
  20. ... 25 ... $79,250
  21. ... 22 ... $424,000
  22. ... 20 ... $83,500
  23. ... 20 ... $48,000
  24. ... 15 ... $81,000
  25. ... 15 ... $43,125
  26. ... 10 ... $203,351
  27. ... 10 ... $25,000
  28. ... 9 ... $80,000
  29. ... 2 ... $150,125
  30. ... 1 ... $18,000

EUROPE ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Royal Dornoch (IRE) ... 10 ... $115,813
  2. Choice of Mine (AUS) ... 8 ... $16,807
  3. Shekhem (IRE) ... 4 ... $22,865
  4. New World Tapestry ... 4 ... $0

JAPAN ROAD TO DERBY

  1. Cafe Pharoah ... 70 ... $569,788
  2. Dieu du Vin (JPN) ... 40 ... $463,218
  3. Vacation (JPN) ... 20 ... $509,167
  4. Tagano Beauty (JPN) ... 12 ... $372,590
  5. Yaugau (JPN) ... 6 ... $182,781
  6. American Face ... 4 ... $99,147
  7. Longonot (JPN) ... 3 ... $158,203
  8. Daimei Corrida (JPN) ... 2 ... $257,684

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

  1. Swiss Skydiver ... 310 ... $506,820
  2. Bonny South ... 100 ... $240,000
  3. Finite ... 80 ... $540,349
  4. Shedaresthedevil ... 70 ... $265,600
  5. Water White ... 64 ... $211,375
  6. Donna Veloce ... 62 ... $460,000
  7. Tonalist's Shape ... 60 ... $304,715
  8. Speech ... 60 ... $60,000
  9. Lucrezia ... 55 ... $149,200
  10. British Idiom ... 50 ... $1,400,000
  11. Venetian Harbor ... 50 ... $200,000
  12. Gamine ... 50 ... $165,200
  13. Tempers Rising ... 47 ... $107,000
  14. Alta's Award ... 30 ... $72,000
  15. Pleasant Orb ... 20 ... $67,425
  16. Four Graces ... 20 ... $60,140
  17. Spice is Nice ... 20 ... $43,980
  18. Merneith ... 20 ... $24,000
  19. Wicked Whisper ... 10 ... $280,000
  20. Serein ... 10 ... $157,250
  21. Edgeway ... 8 ... $29,400
  22. Perfect Alibi ... 6 ... $524,500
  23. Comical ... 5 ... $219,851
  24. Impeccable Style ... 4 ... $20,100
  25. Alandra ... 2 ... $42,000

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