Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Standings after 33 races

Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Four horses that hit the plateau in major preparatory races on Saturday have clinched their place in 2022 Kentucky Derby.

white shelter from the Florida Derby (G1), Tiz the Bomb from the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) and Cyberknife from the Arkansas Derby (G1) have literally earned their place. The Barber Road allowance winner, whose second-place finish in the Arkansas Derby put him in the money for the third time in an Oaklawn build, also secured a spot in the starting grid of 20 horses from Churchill Downs on May 7.

Despite finishing third as the favorite in the Florida Derby, Simplification already had enough points to make it to Louisville.

Florida Derby runners-up Charge It and Tawny Port on Saturday and Jeff Ruby Steaks, respectively, made their first appearances on the qualifying standings. With 40 points each, they are on what could be the dividing line after the final major preparations next week.

With at least 50 points each, 12 horses have been guaranteed invitations to the Derby. Since Saturday brings the last three 100-40-20-10 preparations – the Wood Memorial (G2), the Blue Grass (G1) and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) – up to six horses that are not already in the top 20 could jump into the mix by finishing first or second.

13 other horses are mathematically within reach of the 40-point threshold if they were to finish third or fourth in one of the last major preparations. Although not all of them are registered for Saturday’s races, there could still be a stalemate at 40, which means that tiebreakers in stakes could be invoked.

The Lexington Stakes (G3), the final 20-8-4-2 of the points preparations, could be used on April 16 at Keeneland as a final supplement for horses on the qualifying bubble.

As of last week, connections from the top two UAE Derby runners-up (G2) – Crown Pride from Japan and Summer Is Tomorrow from Dubai – have confirmed plans to ship to Kentucky. Japan racing liaison Kate Hunter said no other horses from that country’s separate track to the Derby would join Crown Pride. Churchill Downs showed no track horses from Europe coming to Louisville.

Here is the current Road to the Kentucky Derby standings confirmed by Churchill Downs on Saturday night:

Rk. Horse Pts. Coach *Earnings
1 Epicenter 164 Steve Asmussen $940,000
2 white shelter 112 Saffie Joseph Jr. $769,650
3 Tiz the bomb 110 Kenny McPeek $1,012,610
4 Cyberknife 100 Brad Cox $752,000
5 Crown Pride 100 Koichi Shintani $671,544
6 Simplification 74 Tami Bobo $482,150
7 Classic pavement 66 Brian Lynch $466,100
8 Slow down Andy 60 Doug O’Neill $475,000
9 barber’s road 58 John Ortiz $589,700
ten An Ojo 54 Ricky Courville $661,250
11 forbidden kingdom 50 Richard Mandel $392,000
12 Morello 50 Steve Asmussen $220,000
13 Zozo 40 Brad Cox $200,000
14 summer is tomorrow 40 Bhupat Seemar $200,000
15 charge it 40 Todd Plecher $188,000
16 Port Tawny 40 Brad Cox $122,000
17 smile of happiness 30 Kenny McPeek $314,410
18 Pioneer of Medina 25 Todd Plecher $116,000
19 papacap 24 Marc Casse $609,000
20 Grantham 21 Microphone manufacturer $85,000
21 Rich Strike 21 Eric Rose $74,500
22 secret oath 20 D. Wayne Lukas $436,707
23 Rattle N Roll 20 Kenny McPeek $344,000
24 ethereal road 20 D. Wayne Lukas $200,000
25 goodbye bobby 20 Todd Fincher $176,700
26 Island Falcon 20 Said bin Suroor $100,000
27 On time 20 Kelly Breen $76,800
28 dean’s list 20 Todd Plecher $60,000
29 Zandon 14 Chad Brown $90,000
30 Mo Donegal 12 Todd Plecher $161,500
31 Major General ten Todd Plecher $177,525
32 fast attack ten Kenny McPeek $175,834
33 Doppleganger ten Tim Yakteen $154,500
X pepper spray ten Edouard Kereluk $144,956
34 Early voting ten Chad Brown $137,500
35 call me midnight ten Keith Desormeaux $133,500
36 Courvoisier ten Kelly Breen $93,750
37 Chief Dowagiac ten Tom Amos $93,150
38 O Captain ten Gustave Delgado $76,500
39 Merry Jack ten Doug O’Neill $52,000
40 golden code ten Todd Plecher $36,000
41 Kavod 7 Chris Hartman $286,000
42 Order performance 6 Todd Plecher $200,000
43 Life is Beautiful 5 Robert Klesaris $48,000
44 Golden Glider 5 Dale Romans $41,000
45 blue bird 5 Luis Mendez $29,250
46 Immanuel 5 Todd Plecher $19,200
47 giant game 4 Dale Romans $182,500
48 Cabo Spirit 4 Georges Papaprodromou $125,340
49 stolen base 4 Microphone manufacturer $101,040
50 Difficult to tame 4 Chris Davis $57,750
51 Be smarter 4 Alfredo Velasquez $51,250
52 Ben Diesel 3 Dallas Stewart $104,233
53 red buttons 2 Dale Romans $53,075
54 midnight chrome 2 Tyler Servis $32,500
55 Golden age 2 Bill Word $30,000
56 Ignitis 2 Wayne Lucas $29,643
57 Volcanic 2 Marc Casse $21,500
58 my prankster 1 Todd Plecher $121,380
59 American sanctuary 1 Chris Davis $104,600
60 Hit hard 1 Matthew Williams $42,250
61 galt 1 Bill Word $32,000
62 Bourbon Heist 1 Ian Wilkes $14,438
63 Trafalgar 1 Al Stall Jr. $12,000
64 Unbridled Bomber 1 Jim Ryerson $10,250
65 He Belator 1 Jose Bautista $6,000
(f) Filly
*Unrestricted wagers
x Not nominated

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