Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Points standings after 13 races

Road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby: Points standings after 13 races
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

It was a busy Saturday for Kentucky Derby prep races across the country. With New Year's Day qualifiers in the Jerome at Aqueduct, Smarty Jones at Oaklawn and Sham at Santa Anita, several horses entered the list of contenders with points for the 2022 Run for the Roses.

The next Derby prep is set for Jan. 22, the Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds, which is a 10-4-2-1 points race. Note that horses trained by Bob Baffert are ineligible to earn Derby points.

DateRaceTrackDistance1st-4th (points)
Sept. 18IroquoisCD1 1/16 milesMajor General (10), Tough to Tame (4), Red Knobs (2), Bourbon Heist (1)
Oct. 1American PharoahSA1 1/16 milesCorniche (0), Pappacap (4), Oviatt Class (2), Rockefeller (0)
Oct. 2ChampagneBELOne mileJack Christopher (10), Commandperformance (4), Wit (2), My Prankster (1)
Oct. 9Breeders' FuturityKEE1 1/16 milesRattle N Roll (10), Double Thunder (4), Classic Causeway (2), American Sanctuary (1)
Nov. 5Breeders' Cup JuvenileDMR1 1/16 milesCorniche (0), Pappacap (8), Giant Game (4), Commandperformance (2)
Nov. 27Kentucky Jockey ClubCD1 1/16 milesSmile Happy (10), Classic Causeway (4), White Abarrio (2), Ben Diesel (1)
Dec. 4RemsenAQU1 1/8 milesMo Donegal (10), Zandon (4), Midnight Chrome (2), Mr Jefferson (1)
Dec. 11Los Alamitos FuturityLRC1 1/16 milesSlow Down Andy (10), Messier (0), Barossa (0), Durante (1)
Dec. 17Springboard MileRPOne mileMake It Big (10), Osbourne (4), Concept (0), Classic Moment (0)
Dec. 26Gun RunnerFG1 1/16 milesEpicenter (10), Tejano Twist (4), Surfer Dude (2), Kevin's Folly (1)
Jan. 1JeromeAQUOne mileCourvoisier (10), Smarten UP (4), Cooke Creek (2), Unbridled Bomber (1)
Jan. 1Smarty JonesOPOne mileDash Attack (10), Barber Road (4), Ignitis (2), Kavod (1)
Jan. 1ShamSAOne mileNewgrange (0), Rockefeller (0), Oviatt Class (2), Mackinnon (1)

Pappacap still leads the Derby points standings with 12. He will make his next start in the Lecomte. 

Among the newcomers to the points list this week is Dash Attack, who won the Smarty Jones for trainer Kenny McPeek. Jerome winner Courvoisier also made his debut in the standings in 10th place for trainer Kelly Breen.

RankHorsePointsTrainerStakes earnings
  1Pappacap12Mark Casse$538,000
  2Rattle N Roll10Kenny McPeek$300,000
  3Jack Christopher10Chad Brown$275,000
  4Make It Big10Saffie Joseph Jr.$240,000
  5Smile Happy10Kenny McPeek$234,410
  6Slow Down Andy10Doug O'Neill$180,000
  7Major General10Todd Pletcher$177,525
  8Dash Attack10Kenny McPeek$150,000
  9Mo Donegal10Todd Pletcher$137,500
10Courvoisier10Kelly Breen$82,500
11Epicenter10Steve Asmussen$60,000
12Commandperformance  6Todd Pletcher$200,000
13Classic Causeway  6Brian Lynch$126,100
14Double Thunder  4Todd Pletcher$320,350
15Giant Game  4Dale Romans$180,000
16Tejano Twist  4Bret Calhoun$177,070
17Oviatt Class  4Keith Desormeaux$98,000
18Barber Road  4John Ortiz$89,700
19Osbourne  4Ron Moquett$80,000
20Tough to Tame  4Chris Davis$57,750
21Zandon  4Chad Brown$50,000
22Smarten Up  4Alfredo Velazquez$30,000
23Wit  2Todd Pletcher$202,500
24Cooke Creek  2Jeremiah O'Dwyer$78,000
25White Abarrio  2Saffie Joseph Jr.$38,050
26Midnight Chrome  2Tyler Servis$32,500
27Red Knobs  2Dale Romans$32,375
28Ignitis  2Wayne Lukas$27,500
29Surfer Dude  2Dallas Stewart$10,000
30Mackinnon  1Doug O'Neill$276,000
31Kavod  1Chris Hartman$161,000
32American Sanctuary  1Chris Davis$104,600
33Kevin's Folly  1Tom Amoss$41,250
34My Prankster  1Todd Pletcher$30,000
35Ben Diesel  1Dallas Stewart$19,650
36Durante  1Doug O'Neill$18,000
37Mr Jefferson  1Mike Trombetta$16,500
38Bourbon Heist  1Ian Wilkes$14,438
39Unbridled Bomber  1Jim Ryerson$9,000

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