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(Forte after winning the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is a series of races that awards points to the Top 5 finishers in each race. The top 18 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), which is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023. One invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Europe Road to the Kentucky presented by Woodford Reserve and one invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1⁄4-mile race for 3-year-olds in 21 of the last 24 years.

  1. Forte — 40 points
  2. Curly Jack — 17
  3. Blazing Sevens — 16
  4. Jace’s Road — 13
  5. Instant Coffee — 12
  6. Victory Formation — 10
  7. Dubyuhnell — 10
  8. Practical Move — 10
  9. Lugan Knight — 10
  10. Arctic Arrogance — 8
  11. Hayes Strike — 7
  12. Red Route One — 5
  13. Loggins — 4
  14. Verifying — 4
  15. Honed — 4
  16. Angel of Empire — 4

 

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY OAKS STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Oaks is a series that awards points to the Top 5 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 149th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), which is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2023. The 1 1/8-mile Oaks is the nation’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. At least 14 horses have entered the in seven of the last eight years (a rescheduled September 2020 in the lone exception)

Road to the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard:

  1. Wonder Wheel — 40
  2. Occult — 20
  3. Leave No Trace — 15
  4. Pretty Mischievous — 13
  5. Ice Dancing — 12
  6. Raging Sea — 11
  7. Gambling Girl — 11
  8. Hoosier Philly — 10
  9. And Tell Me Nolies — 10
  10. Chocolate Gelato — 10
  11. Fun and Feisty — 10
  12. Julia Shining — 10
  13. Affirmative Lady — 10
  14. Sabra Tuff — 7
  15. You’re My Girl — 7
  16. Uncontrollable — 7