Road to Kentucky Derby 2023: Standings after 33 points preps

Road to Kentucky Derby 2023: Standings after 33 points preps
Photo: Churchill Downs

The winners of Saturday's Kentucky Derby qualifying preps moved into the 1-2 spots on the leaderboard.

Forte, who long held the top spot after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, regained it when his win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby brought his points total to 190. Angel of Empire, winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), moved into No. 2 with 154 points.

See HRN's rankings of Kentucky Derby 2023 contenders.

Rocket Can moved into the top 10 after finishing fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

Mage moved up to No. 12 after finishing second in the Florida Derby, and Reincarnate, the morning-line favorite in Arkansas, moved to No. 13 after finishing third.

Continuar, the Japan-bred colt who was third in the UAE Derby (G2), has been extended an invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby for accruing 40 points in the Japan road to the Kentucky Derby series, so he automatically gets the No. 20 slot. Churchill Downs said it is awaiting word on a European road to the Derby invitation.

Expect to see three new names near the top after Saturday's three Kentucky Derby preps, the Blue Grass (G1), Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Wood Memorial (G2), all of which offer 100-40-30-20-10 points to the top five eligible finishers. After that, only one points prep remains, the Lexington (G3), which offers 20-8-6-4-2 points.

Rank  HorsePoints  TrainerEarnings *
  1Forte190Todd Pletcher$2,359,730
  2Angel of Empire154Brad Cox$1,026,375
  3Two Phil's123Larry Rivelli   $643,850
  4Derma Sotogake100Hidetaka Otonashi $1,112,319
  5Kingsbarns100Todd Pletcher   $600,000
  6Practical Move  60Tim Yakteen   $372,000
  7Rocket Can  60Bill Mott   $284,025
  8Confidence Game  57Keith Desormeaux   $610,480
  9Raise Cain  54Ben Colebrook   $204,750
10y-Wild On Ice  50Joel Marr   $366,400
11Tapit Trice  50Todd Pletcher   $210,000
12Mage  50Gustavo Delgado   $205,200
13Reincarnate  45Tim Yakteen   $263,250
14Jace's Road  45Brad Cox   $200,350
15Cyclone Mischief  45Dale Romans   $137,525
16Major Dude  40Todd Pletcher   $401,595
17y-King Russell  40Ron Moquett   $227,500
18Disarm  40Steve Asmussen   $200,000
19Sun Thunder  34Kenny McPeek   $132,250
20z-Continuar Yoahiro Yahagi   $289,954
21Red Route One  33Steve Asmussen   $398,375
22Instant Coffee  32Brad Cox   $385,065
23Funtastic Again  30Wesley Ward   $150,116
24Classic Car Wash  26Mark Casse   $100,000
25General Banker  24James Ferraro     $84,000
26Congruent  20Antonio Sano   $211,585
27Hit Show  20Brad Cox   $137,500
28Low Expectation  20Antonio Garcia   $130,680
29Geaux Rocket Ride  20Richard Mandella     $80,000
30Slip Mahoney  20Brad Cox     $60,000
31Mr. Ripple  20Saffie Joseph Jr.     $46,500
32Shopper's Revenge  20Steve Asmussen     $40,000
33Wadsworth  20Brad Cox     $34,000
34Classic Legacy  19Bill Mott     $45,000
35Curly Jack  17Tom Amoss   $348,120
36Blazing Sevens  16Chad Brown   $411,000
37Arctic Arrogance  16Linda Rice   $130,000
38y-Henry Q  15Todd Fincher   $119,400
39Skinner  15John Shirreffs     $84,500
40Fort Bragg  15Tim Yakteen     $59,900
41Verifying  14Brad Cox   $184,750
42Shadow Dragon  13Bill Mott     $60,020
43Victory Formation  10Brad Cox   $152,750
44Dubyhnell  10Danny Gargan   $137,500
45Lugan Knight  10Michael McCarthy     $82,500
46y-Chase the Chaos  10Ed Moger Jr.     $81,000
47Tapit's Conquest  10Brad Cox     $26,000
48Prairie Hawk  10Saffie Joseph Jr.     $17,500
49Scoobie Quando    8Ben Colebrook   $105,200
50Denington    8Kenny McPeek     $43,110
51Hayes Strike    7Kenny McPeek     $95,750
52Andiamo a Firenze    7Kelly Breen     $72,000
53West Coast Cowboy    6Saffie Joseph Jr.     $24,250
54One in Vermillion    5Esteban Martinez   $163,143
55Bourbon Bash    5D. Wayne Lukas     $33,750
56Lord Miles    5Saffie Joseph Jr.     $27,100
57Clear the Air    5Will Walden     $12,000
58Single Ruler    5Keith Desormeaux       $8,000
59Determinedly    3Mark Casse     $20,500
60Western Ghent    2D. Wayne Lukas     $35,110
61Il Miracolo    2Antonio Sano     $16,535
62Miranda Rights    2Mark Casse       $4,290
 x-Andthewinnneris    1Wayne Catalano   $248,363
63Champions Dream    1Danny Gargan     $20,000
 * Non-restricted stakes   
 x-Not an early Triple Crown nominee   
 y-Late Triple Crown nominee   
 z-Japan Road to Kentucky Derby invite  

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