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2018 Kentucky Derby Point Earners and Contenders

One of the fascinating things about the build-up to the Kentucky Derby is watching the development of young Thoroughbreds. Still babyish as two-year-olds, the Derby hopefuls begin to grow up as three-year-olds -- a process often compared to junior high kids morphing into high school athletes.

Fans can track the horses' progress during the "Road to the Kentucky Derby," a series of 35 races that take place from the fall of their two-year-old campaign through the spring of their three-year-old year, culminating in the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Horses earn their way into the Derby by scoring points in these 35 races (the full schedule, along with the sliding scale of points available for a top-four finish in each race, is available at

Just as major sports teams advance through playoffs, meeting stiffer competition as they get closer to the championship event, so do Derby aspirants aim to climb through each successive prep race. They might not have to win, but they do have to perform well enough -- and stay healthy -- to remain on the trail.

Because the competition gets tougher as the trail unfolds, the Derby points system awards the most points for the marquee preps in late March or April. The winners of the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, UAE Derby (in Dubai), Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass, and Arkansas Derby each bank 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby, clinching a spot in the field.

So hop onto the Derby trail -- you might find a hot prospect!

2016-2017 Kentucky Derby leaders list, workouts and betting aid

Rank Horse Breeder / Owner Trainer / Jockey Points Earnings
1 Girvin
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Bob Austin & John Witte Joe Sharp 150 $849,800.00
    Brad Grady      
2 Classic Empire
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Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson Mark E. Casse 132 $2,093,820.00
    John C. Oxley Julien R. Leparoux    
3 Gormley
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Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate John A. Shirreffs 125 $884,000.00
    Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.      
4 Irap
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Aaron & Marie Jones Doug F. O'Neill 113 $760,000.00
    Reddam Racing LLC      
5 Irish War Cry
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Isabelle deTomaso H. Graham Motion 110 $676,660.00
    Isabelle de Tomaso      
6 Thunder Snow (IRE)
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Darley Saeed bin Suroor 100 $1,621,063.00
7 Always Dreaming
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Santa Rosa Partners Todd A. Pletcher 100 $589,000.00
    Brooklyn Boyz Stables      
8 Gunnevera
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Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch Antonio Sano 84 $1,137,800.00
    Peacock Stables, LLC      
9 Practical Joke
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Whispering Oaks Chad C. Brown 74 $966,000.00
    Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.      
10 J Boys Echo
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Betz/Blackburn/J. Betz/Ramsby/CNHHNK Dale L. Romans 63 $305,000.00
    Albaugh Family Stables LLC    
11 State of Honor
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Manfred Conrad & Penny Conrad Mark E. Casse 62 $310,364.00
    Conrad Farms    
12 Tapwrit
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My Meadowview LLC Todd A. Pletcher 54 $325,570.00
    Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LaPenta, Robert V.      
13 Malagacy
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John Trumbulovic Todd A. Pletcher 50 $570,000.00
    Sumaya U.S. Stable      
14 Hence
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Calumet Farm Steven M. Asmussen 50 $401,129.00
    Calumet Farm      
15 Fast and Accurate
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John R. Penn Michael J. Maker 50 $320,712.00
    Kendall E. Hansen      

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Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC. Ian R. Wilkes 40 $385,048.00
    Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC      
17 Battle of Midway
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Thor-Bred Stables, LLC Jerry Hollendorfer 40 $224,000.00
    Fox Hill Farms, Inc.      
18 Patch
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Calumet Farm Todd A. Pletcher 40 $200,000.00
    Calumet Farm      
19 Battalion Runner
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Dell Ridge Farm, LLC Todd A. Pletcher 40 $140,000.00
    St. Elias Stable      
20 Cloud Computing
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Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc &Stretch Run Ventures, LLC Chad C. Brown 40 $135,000.00
    Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.      
21 Untrapped
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Indian Creek & Jonathan Sheppard Steven M. Asmussen 34 $212,858.00
    Michael Langford      
22 Lookin At Lee
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Ray Hanson Steven M. Asmussen 32 $428,600.00
    L and N Racing, LLC    
23 Sonneteer
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Calumet Farm J. Keith Desormeaux 30 $236,000.00
    Calumet Farm      
24 Royal Mo
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Brandywine Farm John A. Shirreffs 30 $213,000.00
    Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss      

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Three Chimneys Farm, LLC Steven M. Asmussen 30 $140,000.00
    e Five Racing Thoroughbreds      
26 Master Plan Ernest C. Frohboese Todd A. Pletcher 20 $214,700.00
    Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club      
27 Blueridge Traveler Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. Kenneth G. McPeek 20 $95,000.00
    Horizon Stables