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The Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby

Twenty extraordinary horses will compete for a $2 million purse in the fastest two minutes in sports on May 7 at Churchill Downs. To get an invite to the Kentucky Derby, 35 qualifying races have been selected for The Road To The Kentucky Derby points program.

The first 19 races on the bill make up the Prep Series. These events award 10 points for first place, four points for second place, two points for third and one point for fourth (except for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, which pays out twice as much).

The second leg of The Road To The Kentucky Derby consists of the Championship Series, starting with the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Points are multiplied by 5X, so first-place finishes pay out 50 points instead of 10.

Starting on March 26, point offerings are doubled, so first-place finishes start paying out 100 points instead of 50. At the end of the road, the 20 Thoroughbreds with the most points are invited to compete in the Kentucky Derby in May.

There's no need to wait until then to bet on the Kentucky Derby. Check out the hottest contenders and their odds to win the Run for the Roses on the futures board.



2016 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Rank Horse Trainer Odds Points Earnings
1 Gun Runner Steven Asmussen 10/1 151 $849,200
2 Nyquist Doug O'Neil 3/1 130 $2,289,000
3 Exaggerator Keith Desormeaux 8/1 126 $1,628,000
4 Outwork Todd Pletcher 20/1 120 $660,000
5 Brody's Cause Dale Romans 12/1 114 $1,100,000
6 Creator Steve Asmussen 20/1 110 $690,000
7 Lani Miko Matsunaga 33/1 100 $1,300,119
8 Mor Spirit Bob Baffert 18/1 84 $616,800
9 Mohaymen Kiaran McLaughlin 10/1 80 $807,850
10 Danzing Candy Clifford Sise, Jr. 25/1 60 $290,000
11 Destin Todd Pletcher 14/1 51 $338,000
12 Suddenbreakingnews Donnie Von Hemel 20/1 50 $637,000
13 Oscar Nominated Mike Maker N/A 50 $321,360
14 Shagaf Chad Brown 40/1 50 $270,000
15 Whitmore Ron Moquett 33/1 44 $400,000
16 Tom's Ready Dallas Stewart 50/1 44 $270,670
17 My Man Sam Chad Brown 25/1 40 $200,000
18 Majesto Gustavo Delgado N/A 40 $190,000
19 Trojan Nation Paddy Gallagher N/A 40 $190,000
20 Mo Tom Thomas Amoss 16/1 32 $268,326

*Thoroughbreds get points for every win, place, show and fourth place finish. The horses that rank in the top 20 at the end of The Road to the Kentucky Derby will earn a spot in horseracing’s premier event.

*Standings and Odds as of April 27, 2016


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