Points Standings on the Road to the Kentucky Derby

churchill downs ky derby dayCurrent points standings and preps schedule

Here are the Kentucky Derby points standings entering this weekend’s prep races. The top 18 horses in the final standings are guaranteed a spot in the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Invitations also will be extended to the top points earners on the Europe and Japan roads to the Kentucky Derby. Ties in the points standings are broken by earnings in non-restricted stakes. Only horses who have been nominated for the Triple Crown are listed.

Rank, horse, trainer, points

1. Essential Quality, Brad Cox, 30

Last race: Won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 6 at Keeneland

2. Keepmeinmind, Robertino Diodoro, 18

Last race: Won Kentucky Jockey Club Nov. 28 at Churchill

3. Midnight Bourbon, Steve Asmussen, 16

Last race: Won Lecomte Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds

4. Medina Spirit, Bob Baffert, 14

Last race: Won Robert B. Lewis Jan. 30 at Santa Anita

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