Road to the Kentucky Derby & Oaks Leaderboards

By Kentucky Derby | April 09, 2016

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a 34-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 142nd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds every year since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years.

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY OAKS STARTING GATE – The “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” is a 30-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 14 point earners nominated to the Longines Kentucky Oaks will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 142nd running of the Grade I, $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, 2016. The 1 1/8-mile Oaks is the nation’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.


TIEBREAKERS – If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lifetime earnings. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”).

FILLIES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she’ll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series against open company will be credited to her point total in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series.

DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a dead-heat (tie) in a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.

SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.

NOMINATIONS – Horses born in 2013 can be made eligible to run in the 2016 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown with a $600 early payment due by Jan. 16, 2016. A late period for nominations at $6,000 each will be open Jan. 17, 2016 through March 21, 2016. In addition to the Triple Crown nomination fee, owners must pay $25,000 to enter the Derby by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and an additional $25,000 to start. A horse not nominated to the Triple Crown with sufficient points may be supplemented for $200,000.

POST POSITION DRAW – The Kentucky Derby post position draw – a traditional “pill pull” in which horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from the starting gate – will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET (live on NBCSN). Up to 24 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as “also eligible” and would be ranked in order accordingly; they could draw into the field should any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9 a.m. ET.

PRIZE MONEY – The Kentucky Derby winner will receive a gold trophy plus an estimated $1.24 million payday. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to the runner-up, $200,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth and $60,000 to fifth.

BACKGROUND – Churchill Downs abandoned the graded stakes earnings criteria for the 2013 Kentucky Derby (used from 1986-2012) and proactively adopted a tiered point system to determine which horses would have preference for America’s greatest race. Today, a sliding scale of points is awarded to the Top 4 finishers in select races, and at the series’ end, the Top 20 point earners get first crack to start in the Kentucky Derby.

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. International Star (171), 2. Dortmund (170), 3. Carpe Diem (164), 4. American Pharoah (160), 5. Frosted (113), 6. Mubtaahij-IRE (100, $1,400,000), 7. Materiality (100, $632,028), 8. El Kabeir (95), 9. Upstart (76), 10. Far Right (62), 11. Itsaknockout (60), 12. Firing Line (58), 13. Danzig Moon (45), 14. War Story (44), 15. Tencendur (41), 16. Stanford (40), 17. Mr. Z (34), 18. Ocho Ocho Ocho (30, $760,250), 19. Bolo (30, $214,980), 20. Keen Ice (22), AE 21. Frammento (20) and AE 22. Tale of Verve (0).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. California Chrome (150), 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120), 3. Dance With Fate (108), 4. Wicked Strong (102), 5. Samraat (100, $640,000), 6. Danza (100, $620,000), 7. Hoppertunity (95), 8. Intense Holiday (93), 9. Wildcat Red (90), 10. We Miss Artie (60), 11. Ride On Curlin (55), 12. Chitu (54), 13. Tapiture (52), 14. General a Rod (40, $240,000), 15. Medal Count (40, $226,500), 16. Candy Boy (30), 17. Uncle Sigh (24), 18. Vinceremos (20, $191,666), 19. Harry’s Holiday (20, $152,622), 20. Commanding Curve (20, $104,000) and AE 21. Pablo Del Monte (20, $102,000).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Orb (150, $840,000), 2. Verrazano (150, $810,000), 3. Goldencents (129), 4. Java’s War (122), 5. Overanalyze (110, $908,381), 6. Revolutionary (110, $720,000), 7. Lines of Battle (100), 8. Vyjack (70), 9. Will Take Charge (60), 10. Itsmyluckyday (50, $593,600), 11. Black Onyx (50, $317,130), 12. Palace Malice (50, $200,000), 13. Normandy Invasion (44, $258,000), 14. Frac Daddy (44, $240,596), 15. Mylute (42), 16. Oxbow (36), 17. Falling Sky (30), 18. Charming Kitten (20), 19. Golden Soul (14), 20. Giant Finish (10) and AE 21. Fear the Kitten (6).

2015 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (11 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. El Kabeir (25), 2. Far Right (22), 3. International Star (21), 4. Dortmund (20), 5. Upstart (16), 6. Carpe Diem (14, $660,000), 7. Mr. Z (14, $518,326), 8. Calculator (14, $180,000), 9. Texas Red (12, $1,176,000), 10. Ocho Ocho Ocho (10, $660,000), 11. American Pharoah (10, $360,000), 12. Daredevil (10, $300,000), 13. Leave the Light On (10, $240,000), 14. Far From Over (10, $150,000), 15. Metaboss (10, $126,000), 16. Lucky Player (10, $97,231), 17. Frosted (8, $156,800), 18. Firing Line (8, $130,000), 19. Bold Conquest (7) and 20. Conquest Typhoon (6, $335,827).

2014 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (6 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. Tapiture (22), 2. Havana (14, $660,000), 3. Cairo Prince (14, $470,000), 4. Honor Code (14, $340,000), 5. Tamarando (12, $490,000), 6. Midnight Hawk (12, $84,000), 7. Bond Holder (11), 8. New Year’s Day (10, $1,100,000), 9. Rise Up (10, $782,633), 10. We Miss Artie (10, $262,000), 11. Candy Boy (10, $260,000), 12. Samraat (10, $150,000), 13. Noble Moon (10, $145,000), 14. Ami’s Holiday (10, $136,145), 15. Vicar’s in Trouble (10, $120,000), 16. Cleburne (10, $102,044), 17. Tanzanite Cat (10, $99,000), 18. Dance With Fate (8), 19. Strong Mandate (6) and 20. Casiguapo (5, $271,050).

2013 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (7 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. Shanghai Bobby (24, $1,731,000), 2. Goldencents (24, $740,000), 3. Oxbow (11), 4. Violence (10, $495,000), 5. Itsmyluckyday (10, $393,600), 6. Joha (10, $370,538), 7. Overanalyze (10, $296,381), 8. Uncaptured (10, $292,374), 9. Den’s Legacy (10, $265,000), 10. Power Broker (10, $210,000), 11. Super Ninety Nine (10, $200,000), 12. Steeler-IRE (10, $170,278), 13. Will Take Charge (10, $152,971), 14. River Seven (10, $147,125), 15. Falling Sky (10, $122,500), 16. Dice Flavor (10, $120,000), 16. Flashback (10, $120,000), 16. Revolutionary (10, $120,000), 19. Dynamic Sky (8) and 20. He’s Had Enough (6, $430,000).

ABOUT THE DERBY – To have a horse draped in the garland of roses while raising the solid gold trophy high atop the Kentucky Derby winner’s stand is the Holy Grail for horsemen around the world. Restricted to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, horses only have one chance to win the Kentucky Derby, and it’s quite an accomplishment just to receive a berth in the starting gate. Approximately 23,000 Thoroughbreds were foaled in North America in 2013, and if history is any indication, about one percent of the crop will be nominated to next spring’s Triple Crown. Only 20 will be allowed to “Run for the Roses,” as the Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the race since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years. Once a horse earns its coveted Kentucky Derby berth, it, in most cases, will race the extended 1 ¼-mile distance for the first time. A combination of speed and the stamina it takes to complete the final eighth of a mile in the Derby often determines a win or loss.


KENTUCKY OAKS

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Condo Commando (161, $715,000), 2. I’m a Chatterbox (161, $430,714), 3. Stellar Wind (150), 4. Birdatthewire (130), 5. Lovely Maria (120), 6. Include Betty (100), 7. Oceanwave (60), 8. Angela Renee (57), 9. Sarah Sis (54), 10. Eskenformoney (50), 11. Puca (45), 12. Shook Up (40, $83,500), 13. Forever Unbridled (34), 14. Money’soncharlotte (22) and AE 15. Peace and War (10).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Untapable (160), 2. Sugar Shock (120), 3. Fashion Plate (110), 4. My Miss Sophia (100), 5. Rosalind (78), 6. Got Lucky (64, $180,000), 7. Aurelia’s Belle (64, $142,850), 8. Ria Antonia (55), 9. Kiss Moon (50), 10. Unbridled Forever (30), 11. Thank You Marylou (20), 12. Empress of Midway (15) and 13. Please Explain (0).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Beholder (164, $1,500,000), 2. Rose to Gold (164, $717,889), 3. Unlimited Budget (160), 4. Dreaming of Julia (132), 5. Close Hatches (100), 6. Flashy Gray (60), 7. Princess of Sylmar (50, $170,000), 8. Midnight Lucky (50, $120,000), 9. Silsita (50, $57,660), 10. Seaneen Girl (34) and 11. Pure Fun (20).

BACKGROUND – Churchill Downs abandoned the graded stakes earnings criteria for the 2013 Longines Kentucky Oaks (used from 1986-2012) and proactively adopted a tiered point system to determine which horses would have preference for the 1 1/8-mile race. Today, a sliding scale of points is awarded to the Top 4 finishers in select races, and at the series’ end, the Top 14 point earners nominated to the Longines Kentucky Oaks get first crack to start in the Kentucky Derby’s sister race.