Kentucky Derby 2022: Who's in, out and on the points bubble?

Kentucky Derby 2022: Who's in, out and on the points bubble?
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The road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby resumed over the weekend with the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). The points breakdown was enough to guarantee one starter a spot in the Kentucky Derby, but the rest of the field has more points left to score before they can have their ticket punched.

Let's jump in and analyze who's in, out, and on the bubble by running down the changes prompted by Saturday's results.

Newly in

Classic Causeway, 66 points

The son of Giant's Causeway returned to Tampa Bay Downs for another impressive win. After winning the Sam F. Davis (G3), his score in the Tampa Bay Derby makes him the new Kentucky Derby points leader.

Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Classic Causeway looks to become the first Kentucky Derby winner since Super Saver in 2010 to use the Tampa Bay Derby and second since Street Sense in 2007. The connections for both champions opted for a different race in their final start before entering the Kentucky Derby, but it is still too early to tell if  Classic Causeway will follow either of them because it has not been announced where he will race next. In the meantime, it was another outstanding performance on Saturday for this Kentucky Derby contender.

On the bubble

Grantham, 21 points

A surprising finish vaults the son of Declaration of War onto the Kentucky Derby radar. By finishing fourth in the Withers (G3), Grantham was on the leaderboard before this weekend but not deserving of much attention. That might have changed significantly with his runner-up finish in the Tampa Bay Derby since this year's total points to qualify may be lower than average. So with the big score on Saturday, Grantham is on the bubble and eligible to lock in a spot next time out with another top four finish.

Still out

Shipsational, 14 points

His effort in the Tampa Bay Derby was a step below his performance in the Sam F. Davis, but the son of Midshipman is still scoring and heading in the right direction. This third-place finish makes this is his second consecutive top three finish in a Kentucky Derby points race, but the New York-bred colt will need one more before he can make it into the top 20. Until then, it's been a solid 3-year-old campaign for Shipsational, and his connections as they look forward to learning more about this Kentucky Derby qualification chances after his next race.

Major General, 10 points

After closing his juvenile season with a win in the Iroquois (G3), Major General opened flat in his 3-year-old debut. Stumbling out of the gate and layoffs are hard to overcome, but there's still one more chance to qualify for Major General and his connections, trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Win Star Farm.

Golden Glider, 5 points

The son of Ghostzapper improved his Kentucky Derby qualification potential in his return to Tampa Bay Downs, but there is still a long way to go. Golden Glider did not score any points by finishing fifth in the Sam F. Davis, but he did when he surged to the wire from as far back as seventh to secure the back end of the Kentucky Derby points payout in the Tampa Bay Derby. Certainly a nice race, but unlikely to qualify for the Kentucky Derby as his next attempt will be against a tougher class.

Giant Game, 4 points

Another son of Giant's Causeway on this year's road to the Kentucky Derby has not been so impressive. His third-place finish in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile raised high hopes for Giant Game, but he has failed to score again in his second two attempts. A pair of eighth-place finishes in the Holy Bull (G3) and Tampa Bay Derby don't look good at the moment, but if connections try again, his chances of qualifying are still open.

Looking ahead - points standings

The road to the Kentucky Derby will be on a short break until racing resumes with the UAE Derby (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 27. The scoring will increase with these races to a scale of 100-40-20-10.

Click here to see the remaining races on the points series schedule and the points awarded for each contest. And finally, below is the updated leaderboard.

  Rank  Horse  Points  Trainer  Stakes earnings*
  1Classic Causeway66Brian Lynch$456,100
  2Epicenter64Steve Asmussen$340,000
  3Un Ojo54Tony Dutrow$655,000
  4Simplification54Antonio Sano$378,150
  5Forbidden Kingdom50Richard Mandella$392,000
  6Morello50Steve Asmussen$220,000
  7Smile Happy30Ken McPeek$314,410
  8Grantham21Mike Maker  $85,000
  9Ethereal Road20D. Wayne Lukas$200,000
10In Due Time20Kelly Breen  $76,800
11Dean's List20Todd Pletcher  $60,000
12Barber Road18John Ortiz$339,700
13Pappacap14Mark Casse$562,000
14Zandon14Chad Brown  $90,000
15Shipsational14Ed Barker  $40,000
16White Abarrio12Saffie Joseph Jr.$186,850
17Mo Deongal12Todd Pletcher$161,500
18Tiz the Bomb10Ken McPeek$661,210
19Rattle N Roll10Ken McPeek$300,000
20Slow Down Andy10Doug O'Neill$184,000
21Major General10Todd Pletcher$177,525
22Dash Attack10Ken McPeek$175,834
23Early Voting10Chad Brown$137,500
24Call Me Midnight10Keith Desormeaux$123,500
25Courvoisier10Kelly Breen  $83,750
26Happy Jack10Doug O'Neill  $52,000
27O Captain10Gustavo Delgado  $48,300
28Golden Code10Todd Pletcher  $36,000
29Kavod  7Jim Chapman$248,500
30Commandperformance  6Todd Pletcher$200,000
31Mackinnon  5Doug O'Neill$296,000
32Life is Great  5Robert Klesaris  $48,000
33Golden Glider  5Mark Casse  $41,000
34Emmanuel  5Todd Pletcher  $19,200
35Pioneer of Medina  5Todd Pletcher  $16,000
36Giant Game  4Dale Romans$182,500
37Cabo Spirit  4George Papaprodromou$112,000
38Stolen Base  4Mike Maker  $95,700
39Tough to Tame  4Chris Davis  $57,750
40Smarten Up  4Alfredo Velazquez  $31,250
41Ben Diesel  3Dallas Stewart  $97,983
42Cooke Creek  2Jeremiah O'Dwiyer  $79,250
43Red Knobs  2Dale Romans  $53,075
44Midnight Chrome  2Tyler Servis  $32,500
45Gilded Age  2Bill Mott  $30,000
46Ignitis  2D. Wayne Lukas  $29,643
47Volcanic  2Mark Casse  $21,500
48My Prankster  1Todd Pletcher$121,380
49American Sanctuary  1Chris Davis$104,600
50Strike Hard  1Matthew Williams  $42,250
51Rich Strike  1Eric Reed  $17,500
52Bourbon Heist  1Ian Wilkes  $14,438
53Trafalgar  1Al Stall Jr.  $12,000
54Galt  1Bill Mott  $12,000
55Unbridled Bomber  1James Ryerson  $10,250
56Il Bellator  1Matthew Williams    $6,000
57Sir London  1Simon Callaghan  $12,000
*Non-restricted stakes earnings   

About Me

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Growing up across the river from the Bluegrass State, I was able to spend a lot of summer days at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. It was there that my attraction to the Sport of Kings began. In the spring of 2000, I made my inaugural Kentucky Derby appearance, and the tradition continues annually because there is no other city in the racing world like Louisville, Ky., on Derby Day.

Although the story of a Kentucky Derby winner is legendary, a champion's trail is what The Kentucky Derby Post is all about. It begins when 2-year-olds hit the track & continues until the field is set, the picks are in, and the roses are awarded. 

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