The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn and the Lexington at Keeneland were the last two Derby prep races in 2018. The Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby started on February 17 with the Risen Star, which was won by Bravazo. After three months of juggling schedules the field is set for the running of the 144 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
The results of the Arkansas Derby helped solidify Magnum Moon spot in the Derby. The other horses in the Arkansas Derby that have enough points for their effort are Quip, and Solomini. Quip for his second-place finish earned 40 Kentucky Derby Points. Quip has 90 Derby points. Solomini for his third-place finish earned 20 Derby points. Solomini has 54 Derby Points. Combatant for his fourth-place finish earned 10 Derby Points. Combatant has 33 Derby Points, unless trainers decides not to race their horse in the Derby, is not enough points to run in the 144 Kentucky Derby.
The Lexington Stakes won by My Boy Jack helped him secure a gate position in the Derby. The win earned My Boy Jack 20 Derby Points. With his win he now has 52 Derby Points.
The top horses listed below have enough Derby Points, more than 40, for a spot in the Derby. The one exception is Gronkowski who has 20 points but is an automatic entry from his participation in the European Road to the Derby.
Horses with enough 114 Kentucky Derby Points are: Good Magic, Audible, Noble Indy, Vinno Rosso, Bolt d’Oro, Enticed, Mendelssohn, Justify, Flameaway, Bravazo, Promises Fulfilled, Magnum Moon, Quip, Free Drop Billy, My Boy Jack, Solomini, Lone Sailor, Hofburg, Firenze Fire, and Gronkowski.
Runaway Ghost will miss the Derby due to a possible hair line fracture in one his shins. Runaway Ghost missing the Derby, means that the gate opens for Firenze Fire, who has 39 Derby Points.
There are also eligible horses, would can race if a qualified horse decides not to run in the Derby, that are on the outside looking in hopes of being added to field of twenty. Top also eligible is Combatant with 33 Derby Points.