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Kentucky Derby Picture: Who’s In, Who’s On The Bubble?

Now that all the points have been awarded for this year's Road to the Kentucky Derby series, it's time to take a closer look at which 3-year-olds have made it into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.

Only the top 20 points-earners are eligible for that coveted slot, with those just below them on the list hoping for a late defection in order to make the field.

The full points leaderboard is available here: Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard

In order of points earned, the top 20 headed for the Run for the Roses are:

1 – Epicenter (164)

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Sire: Not This Time

Major Preps: won both the G2 Louisiana Derby and G2 Risen Star

Epicenter (inside) works at Churchill on April 17

2 – Zandon (114)

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owner: Jeff Drown

Sire: Upstart

Major Preps: won the G1 Blue Grass

Zandon wins the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland

3 – White Abarrio (112)

Trainer: Saffie Joseph, Jr.

Owner: C2 Racing and La Milagrosa

Sire: Race Day

Major Preps: won the G1 Florida Derby and G3 Holy Bull

White Abarrio, with Junior Alvarado aboard, breezes at Gulfstream Park on April 17

4 – Mo Donegal (112)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Donegal Racing

Sire: Uncle Mo

Major Preps: won the G2 Wood Memorial and G2 Remsen

Mo Donegal gallops at Churchill Downs on April 18

5 – Tiz the Bomb (110)

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Owner: Magdalena Racing (lessee)

Sire: Hit It A Bomb

Major Preps: won the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks

Tiz the Bomb works at Churchill Downs on April 16

6 – Cyberknife (100)

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: Al Gold

Sire: Gun Runner

Major Preps: won the G1 Arkansas Derby

Cyberknife works at Churchill Downs on April 16

7 – Crown Pride (100)

Trainer: Koichi Shintani

Owner: Teruya Yoshida

Sire: Japan-bred son of Reach the Crown (Sunday Silence grandson)

Major Preps: won the G2 UAE Derby

Crown Pride gallops at Churchill Downs on April 18

8 – Taiba (100)

Trainer: Tim Yakteen

Owner: Amr Zedan

Sire: Gun Runner

Major Preps: won the G1 Santa Anita Derby in just his second career start

Taiba winning the Santa Anita Derby

9 – Simplification (74)

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Owner: Tami Bobo

Sire: Not This Time

Major Preps: won the G2 Fountain of Youth

Simplification breezes on April 15 at Gulfstream Park

10 – Smile Happy (70)

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Owner: Lucky Seven Stable

Sire: Runhappy

Major Preps: won the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club

Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner Smile Happy

11 – Tawny Port (60)

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: Peachtree Stable

Sire: Pioneerof the Nile

Major Preps: won the G3 Lexington

Tawny Port strikes for first win on dirt in Lexington Stakes

12 – Barber Road (58)

Trainer: John Ortiz

Owner: WSS Racing

Sire: Race Day

Major Preps: ran second in the G1 Arkansas Derby and third in G2 Rebel

Barber Road gallops at Oaklawn Park on March 26

13 – Un Ojo (54)

Trainer: Ricky Courville

Owner: Cypress Creek Equine and Whispering Oaks,

Sire: Laoban

Major Preps: won the G2 Rebel

Un Ojo at Oaklawn Park on March 30

14 – Early Voting (50)

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Sire: Gun Runner

Major Preps: won the G3 Withers and ran second in G2 Wood Memorial

Early Voting after his win in the G3 Withers

15 – Morello (50)

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owner: Diamond T, Blue Lion, and Craig Taylor,

Sire: Classic Empire

Major Preps: won the G3 Gotham

Morello after his win in the G3Gotham

16 – Messier (40)

Trainer: Tim Yakteen

Owner: SF Racing et. al.

Sire: Empire Maker

Major Preps: won the G3 Bob Lewis and ran second in G1 Santa Anita Derby

Messier winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes under John Velazquez

17 – Zozos (40)

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: Barry and Joni Butzow

Sire: Munnings

Major Preps: ran second in the G2 Louisiana Derby

Zozos wins an allowance race at Oaklawn Park

18 – Summer Is Tomorrow (40)

Trainer: Bhupat Seemar

Owner: Michael Hilary Burke and Negar Burke

Sire: Summer Front

Major Preps: ran second in G2 UAE Derby

Summer Is Tomorrow wins the Al Karama Stakes at Meydan

19 – Charge It (40)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Mandy Pope

Sire: Tapit

Major Preps: ran second in the G1 Florida Derby

Charge It gallops at Churchill Downs on April 18

20 – Happy Jack (30)

Trainer: Doug O'Neill

Owner: Calumet Farm

Sire: Oxbow

Major Preps: ran third in G1 Santa Anita Derby

On the Bubble

The next few horses in terms of points earned are:

  • Pioneer of Medina (25) – Trained by Todd Pletcher for Sumaya U. S. Stables, son of Pioneerof the Nile ran third in G2 Louisiana Derby
  • In Due Time (24) – Trained by Kelly Breen for Edge Racing, Medallion, and Parkland, son of Not This Time ran third in G3 Lexington and second in G2 FOY
  • Ethereal Road (22) – Trained by D. Wayne Lukas for Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sonos, Quality Road colt ran second in G2 Rebel
  • Rich Strike (21) – Trained by Eric Reed for RED TR-Racing, son of Keen Ice ran third in G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks
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