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Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a 34-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 142nd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year- olds every year since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years.

Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a 34-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 20 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 142nd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year- olds every year since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years.

Rank Horse Points Owner(s) Trainer Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Gun Runner 151 Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell) & Three Chimney Farms (Goncalo Borges Torrealba) Steve Asmussen $849,200
2. Nyquist 130 Reddam Racing LLC (J. Paul Reddam) Doug O’Neill $3,289,000
3. Exaggerator 126 Big Chief Racing LLC (Matthew W. Bryan), Head of Plains Partners LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC et al. Keith Desormeaux $1,628,000
4. Outwork 120 Repole Stable (Mike Repole) Todd Pletcher $660,000
5. Brody’s Cause 114 Albaugh Family Stable (Dennis Albaugh) Dale Romans $1,100,000
6. Creator 110 WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Trout) Steve Asmussen $690,000
7. Lani 100 Koji Maeda Mikio Matsunaga $1,300,119
8. Mor Spirit 84 Michael L. Petersen Bob Baffert $616,800
9. Mohaymen 80 Shadwell Stable (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum) Kiaran McLaughlin $807,850
10. Danzing Candy 60 Halo Farms (Teddy Aroney), Jim Bashor & Dianne Bashor Cliff Sise Jr. $290,000
11. Destin 51 Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC (Steve Davison & Randy Gullatt) Todd Pletcher $338,000
12. Suddenbreakingnews 50 Samuel F. Henderson Donnie Von Hemel $637,000
Cupid 50 Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derek Smith Bob Baffert $542,857
13. $+Oscar Nominated 50 Ken & Sarah Ramsey Mike Maker $321,360
14. Shagaf 50 Shadwell Stable (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum) Chad Brown $270,000
15. Whitmore 44 Robert V. LaPenta, Harry T. Rosenblum & Southern Springs Stable (Ron Moquett) Ron Moquett $400,000
16. Tom’s Ready 44 G M B Racing (Gayle Benson) Dallas Stewart $270,670
+f-Polar River 40 Valentin Bukhtoyarov & Evgeny Kappushev Doug Watson $700,000
17. My Man Sam 40 Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables LLC & Jay Bligh Chad Brown $200,000
18. Majesto 40 Grupo 7C Racing Stable (Alejandro A. Ceballos) Gustavo Delgado

$190,000

(Career: $239,500)

19. Trojan Nation 40 Julie Gilbert & Aaron Sones Paddy Gallagher

$190,000

(Career: $213,290)

20. Mo Tom 32 G M B Racing (Gayle Benson) Tom Amoss $268,326
21. Fellowship 32 Jacks or Better Farm Inc. (Fred and Jane Brei) Mark Casse $206,590
22. Adventist 32 Treadway Racing Stable (Jeff Treadway) Leah Gyarmati $155,000
23. Laoban 32 Southern Equine Stable LLC (Michael Moreno) & McCormick Racing LLC Eric Guillot $142,000
24. Dazzling Gem 30 Steve Landers Racing LLC Brad Cox $150,000
Uncle Lino 29 Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing & Gary Sherlock Gary Sherlock $174,000
25. Cherry Wine 25 William Pacella, Frank L. Jones Jr. & Frank Shoop Dale Romans $145,000
Sunny Ridge 23 Dennis A. Drazin Jason Servis $525,600
Collected 21 Speedway Stable LLC (Peter Fluor & K.C. Weiner) Bob Baffert $402,500
+Yu Change-JPN 20 K. Aitetsu Hideyuki Mori $377,583
Azar 20 Alto Racing LLC Todd Pletcher $273,800
Forevamo 20 Brittlyn Stable Inc. (Evelyn Benoit) Al Stall Jr. $230,000
Zulu 20 Stonestreet Farm LLC (Barbara Banke), Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derek Smith Todd Pletcher $81,422
Flexibility 15 Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence Chad Brown $252,500
Greenpointcrusader 14 St. Elias Stable (Vincent Viola), MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Mary Ellen and Anthony Bonomo) Dominick Schettino $379,300
Swipe 12 Big Chief Racing LLC (Matthew W. Bryan) Keith Desormeaux $597,730
Airoforce 10 John C. Oxley Mark Casse $449,080
Cocked and Loaded 10 Richard Ravin & Patricia’s Hope LLC (Vince Foglia) Larry Rivelli $310,840
26. Discreetness 10 Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC (Dwight Pruett) William “Jinks” Fires $251,011
Frank Conversation 10 Reddam Racing LLC (J. Paul Reddam) Doug O’Neill $199,000
Riker 10 Team Valor International (Barry Irwin), Gary Barber & Tucci Stables (Carlo & Lou Tucci) Mark Casse $189,975
+f-Vale Dori-ARG (4yo) 10 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock $188,752
Surgical Strike 10 Edward Seltzer & Beverly S. Anderson Ben Colebrook $122,995
Star Hill 10 Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) Rusty Arnold II $66,500
Matt King Coal 10 Lady Sheila Stable Linda Rice $40,000
Vorticity 8 Matthew Schera James “Chuck” Lawrence II $150,000
Rated R Superstar 6 Radar Racing LLC (Paul Parker) Kenny McPeek $89,750
Kasseopia-GB 6 Team Valor International (Barry Irwin) & Gary Barber Graham Motion $51,809
Awesome Speed 5 Colts Neck Stables LLC (Richard Santulli) Alan Goldberg $200,560
+Rafting 5 Wertheimer & Frere (Alain & Gerard Wertheimer) Graham Motion $103,070
+Two Step Time 5 Get Away Farm Mike Maker $53,500
Candy My Boy 5 Frank Mancari Roger Brueggemann $26,000
Toews On Ice 4 Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman Bob Baffert $228,900
+Tusk 4 Flaxman Holdings Inc. (Stavros Niarchos) Graham Motion $40,250
+Gordy Florida 4 Dream Walkin Farms Inc. (Toby Covel aka Toby Keith) Kenny Smith $31,111
Synchrony 4 Pin Oak Stable (Josephine Abercrombie) Donnie Von Hemel $31,112
+One More Round 4 Roddy J. Valente & Charles Casale A.C. Avila $30,000
Let’s Meet in Rio 4 Juddmonte Farms (Prince Khalid Abdullah) Bob Baffert $23,000
Harlan Punch 2 Rosemont Farm LLC (James Eigel) Tom Amoss $138,000
Found Money 2 Reddam Racing LLC (J. Paul Reddam) Doug O’Neill $135,000
+Hollywood Don 2 Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) & Rockingham Ranch (Gary Hartunian) Peter Miller $96,250
I’malreadythere 2 Steve Melen, Richard Robertson, Steve Taub & Jerry Hollendorfer Jerry Hollendorfer $88,000
Sail Ahoy 2 Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps) Shug McGaughey III $60,000
American Dubai 2 Richard Keith Rodney Richards $54,222
+Portfolio Manager 2 Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence Chad Brown $50,000
+Tizzarunner 2 John C. Oxley Mark Casse $40,948
Gift Box 2 William S. Farish Chad Brown

$30,000

(Career: $89,300)

Uncle Walter 2 Ken & Sarah Ramsey Mike Maker

$30,000

(Career: $75,000)

In Equality 2 Treadway Racing Stable (Jeff Treadway) Leah Gyarmati $24,000
I Will Score 2 Hans Poetsch Jerry Hollendorfer $18,345
Unbridled Outlaw 2 Albaugh Family Stable (Dennis Albaugh) Dale Romans $16,957
Dressed in Hermes 1 Budget Stable (Syd Belzberg) Janet Armstrong $206,700
Bird of Trey 1 JRita Young Thoroughbreds LLC (JR & Rita Young) John Servis $41,111
Van Damme 1 Mast Thoroughbreds LLC (Henry Mast) Robert Gorham $31,790
+Rare Candy 1 Tarabilla Farms Inc. (Susan Osborne) David Hofmans $30,250
Conquest Big E 1 Conquest Stables LLC (Ernie Semersky & Dory Newell) Mark Casse $29,325
+Sticksstatelydude 1 Estate of Alvin Haynes, John S. Ferris, Brad Ward and Pack Pride Racing (Beth Burchell) Greg Burchell $25,000
Urlacher 1 Godolphin Racing LLC (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum et al) Eoin Harty $21,000
Conquest Windycity 1 Conquest Stables LLC (Ernie Semersky & Dory Newell) Mark Casse $17,050
+San Dimas 1 Godolphin Racing LLC (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum et al) Eoin Harty $12,000
Luna de Loco 1 Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) Steve Asmussen $11,468
Direct Message 1 Godolphin Racing LLC (Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum et al) Tom Albertrani $7,500

Bold = Update from previously published Leaderboard … $+ = Not Triple Crown nominated but owner intends to pay $200,000 supplemental nomination at time of entry … + = Not Triple Crown Nominated … Strikethrough = Sidelined, inactive or appears to be no longer under serious Kentucky Derby consideration. … Last audit of Leaderboard: Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

2015-16 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

34 Races

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Sept. 12 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Cocked and Loaded (10) Rated R Superstar (4) Unbridled Outlaw (2) Conquest Windycity (1)
Sept. 26 FrontRunner Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles Nyquist (10) Swipe (4) Hollywood Don (2) Rare Candy (1)
Oct. 3 Champagne Belmont Park 1 Mile Greenpointcrusader (10) Sunny Ridge (4) Portfolio Manager (2) Sail Ahoy (1)
Oct. 3 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Brody’s Cause (10) Exaggerator (4) Rated R Superstar (2) Stickstatelydude (1)
Oct. 4 Grey Woodbine 1 1/16 Miles (S) Riker (10) Kasseopia-GB (4) Tizzarunner (2) Van Damme (1)
Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Nyquist (20) Swipe (8) Brody’s Cause (4) Exaggertor (2)
Nov. 21 Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs 1 1/16 Miles Exaggerator (10) Sunny Ridge (4) Harlan Punch (2) Found Money (1)
Nov. 28 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Mohaymen (10) Flexibility (4) Gift Box (2) Sail Ahoy (1)
Nov. 28 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Airoforce (10) Mor Spirit (4) Mo Tom (2) Gun Runner (1)
Dec. 19 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles Mor Spirit (10) Toews On Ice (4) I’malreadythere (2) Urlacher (1)
Jan. 2 Jerome Aqueduct 1 Mile 70 Yards Flexibility (10) Vorticity (4) In Equality (2) Bird of Trey (1)
Jan. 9 Sham Santa Anita 1 Mile Collected (10) Let’s Meet in Rio (4) Laoban (2) Found Money (1)
Jan. 16 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards Mo Tom (10) Tom’s Ready (4) Uncle Walter (2) Destin (1)
Jan. 18 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 Mile Discreetness (10) Gordy Florida (4) Synchrony (2) Luna de Loco (1)
Jan. 30 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/16 Miles Sunny Ridge (10) Vorticity (4) Adventist (2) Flexibility (1)
Jan. 30 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles Mohaymen (10) Greenpointcrusader (4) Fellowship (2) Conquest Big E (1)
Feb. 6 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles Mor Spirit (10) Uncle Lino (4) I Will Score (2) Dressed in Hermes (1)
Feb. 13 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 Miles (S) Frank Conversation (10) Tusk (4) Kasseopia-GB (2) San Dimas (1)
Feb. 15 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles Suddenbreakingnews (10) Whitmore (4) American Dubai (2) Collected (1)

 

Kentucky Derby Championship Series (15 races)

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Feb. 20 Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles Gun Runner (50) Forevamo (20) Mo Tom (10) Candy My Boy (5)
Feb. 27 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles Mohaymen (50) Zulu (20) Fellowship (10) Awesome Speed (5)
March 5 Gotham Aqueduct 1 1/16 Miles Shagaf (50) Laoban (20) Adventist (10) Sunny Ridge (5)
March 12 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles Destin (50) Outwork (20) Star Hill (10) Rafting (5)
March 12 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles Danzing Candy (50) Mor Spirit (20) Exaggerator (10) Uncle Lino (5)
March 19 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles Cupid (50) Whitmore (20) Creator (10) Cherry Wine (5)
March 20 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 26 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles Lani (100) f-Polar River (40) Yu Change-JPN (20) f-Vale Dori-ARG (10)
March 26 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles Gun Runner (100) Tom’s Ready (40) Dazzling Gem (20) Mo Tom (10)
April 2 Spiral Turfway Park 1 1/8 Miles (S) Oscar Nominated (50) Azar (20) Surgical Strike (10) Two Step Time (5)
April 2 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles Nyquist (100) Majesto (40) Fellowship (20) Mohaymen (10)
April 9 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Outwork (100) Trojan Nation (40) Adventist (20) Matt King Coal (10)
April 9 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles Brody’s Cause (100) My Man Sam (40) Cherry Wine (20) Laoban (10)
April 9 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles Exaggerator (100) Mor Spirit (40) Uncle Lino (20) Danzing Candy (10)
April 16 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles Creator (100) Suddenbreakingnews (40) Whitmore (20) Dazzling Gem (10)
April 16 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Collected (10) One More Round (4) Synchrony (2) Direct Message (1)

Schedule subject to change. … Note: The March 20 Sunland Derby was cancelled March 6 in the aftermath of an equine herpes virus outbreak that put Sunland Park in quarantine procedures on Jan. 21.

TIEBREAKERS – If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lifetime earnings. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”).

FILLIES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she’ll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series against open company will be credited to her point total in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series.

DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a dead-heat (tie) in a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.

SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.

NOMINATIONS – Horses born in 2013 can be made eligible to run in the 2016 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown with a $600 early payment due by Jan. 16, 2016. A late period for nominations at $6,000 each will be open Jan. 17, 2016 through March 21, 2016. In addition to the Triple Crown nomination fee, owners must pay $25,000 to enter the Derby by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and an additional $25,000 to start. A horse not nominated to the Triple Crown with sufficient points may be supplemented for $200,000.

POST POSITION DRAW – The Kentucky Derby post position draw – a traditional “pill pull” in which horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from the starting gate – will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5:30-6 p.m. ET (live on NBCSN). Up to 24 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as “also eligible” and would be ranked in order accordingly; they could draw into the field should any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9 a.m. ET.

PRIZE MONEY – The Kentucky Derby winner will receive a gold trophy plus an estimated $1.24 million payday. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to the runner-up, $200,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth and $60,000 to fifth.

BACKGROUND – Churchill Downs abandoned the graded stakes earnings criteria for the 2013 Kentucky Derby (used from 1986-2012) and proactively adopted a tiered point system to determine which horses would have preference for America’s greatest race. Today, a sliding scale of points is awarded to the Top 4 finishers in select races, and at the series’ end, the Top 20 point earners get first crack to start in the Kentucky Derby.

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. International Star (171), 2. Dortmund (170), 3. Carpe Diem (164), 4. American Pharoah (160), 5. Frosted (113), 6. Mubtaahij-IRE (100, $1,400,000), 7. Materiality (100, $632,028), 8. El Kabeir (95), 9. Upstart (76), 10. Far Right (62), 11. Itsaknockout (60), 12. Firing Line (58), 13. Danzig Moon (45), 14. War Story (44), 15. Tencendur (41), 16. Stanford (40), 17. Mr. Z (34), 18. Ocho Ocho Ocho (30, $760,250), 19. Bolo (30, $214,980), 20. Keen Ice (22), AE 21. Frammento (20) and AE 22. Tale of Verve (0).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. California Chrome (150), 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120), 3. Dance With Fate (108), 4. Wicked Strong (102), 5. Samraat (100, $640,000), 6. Danza (100, $620,000), 7. Hoppertunity (95), 8. Intense Holiday (93), 9. Wildcat Red (90), 10. We Miss Artie (60), 11. Ride On Curlin (55), 12. Chitu (54), 13. Tapiture (52), 14. General a Rod (40, $240,000), 15. Medal Count (40, $226,500), 16. Candy Boy (30), 17. Uncle Sigh (24), 18. Vinceremos (20, $191,666), 19. Harry’s Holiday (20, $152,622), 20. Commanding Curve (20, $104,000) and AE 21. Pablo Del Monte (20, $102,000).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Orb (150, $840,000), 2. Verrazano (150, $810,000), 3. Goldencents (129), 4. Java’s War (122), 5. Overanalyze (110, $908,381), 6. Revolutionary (110, $720,000), 7. Lines of Battle (100), 8. Vyjack (70), 9. Will Take Charge (60), 10. Itsmyluckyday (50, $593,600), 11. Black Onyx (50, $317,130), 12. Palace Malice (50, $200,000), 13. Normandy Invasion (44, $258,000), 14. Frac Daddy (44, $240,596), 15. Mylute (42), 16. Oxbow (36), 17. Falling Sky (30), 18. Charming Kitten (20), 19. Golden Soul (14), 20. Giant Finish (10) and AE 21. Fear the Kitten (6).

2015 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (11 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. El Kabeir (25), 2. Far Right (22), 3. International Star (21), 4. Dortmund (20), 5. Upstart (16), 6. Carpe Diem (14, $660,000), 7. Mr. Z (14, $518,326), 8. Calculator (14, $180,000), 9. Texas Red (12, $1,176,000), 10. Ocho Ocho Ocho (10, $660,000), 11. American Pharoah (10, $360,000), 12. Daredevil (10, $300,000), 13. Leave the Light On (10, $240,000), 14. Far From Over (10, $150,000), 15. Metaboss (10, $126,000), 16. Lucky Player (10, $97,231), 17. Frosted (8, $156,800), 18. Firing Line (8, $130,000), 19. Bold Conquest (7) and 20. Conquest Typhoon (6, $335,827).

2014 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (6 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. Tapiture (22), 2. Havana (14, $660,000), 3. Cairo Prince (14, $470,000), 4. Honor Code (14, $340,000), 5. Tamarando (12, $490,000), 6. Midnight Hawk (12, $84,000), 7. Bond Holder (11), 8. New Year’s Day (10, $1,100,000), 9. Rise Up (10, $782,633), 10. We Miss Artie (10, $262,000), 11. Candy Boy (10, $260,000), 12. Samraat (10, $150,000), 13. Noble Moon (10, $145,000), 14. Ami’s Holiday (10, $136,145), 15. Vicar’s in Trouble (10, $120,000), 16. Cleburne (10, $102,044), 17. Tanzanite Cat (10, $99,000), 18. Dance With Fate (8), 19. Strong Mandate (6) and 20. Casiguapo (5, $271,050).

2013 TOP 20 AT CONCLUSION OF PREP SEASON (7 ENTERED IN KENTUCKY DERBY) – 1. Shanghai Bobby (24, $1,731,000), 2. Goldencents (24, $740,000), 3. Oxbow (11), 4. Violence (10, $495,000), 5. Itsmyluckyday (10, $393,600), 6. Joha (10, $370,538), 7. Overanalyze (10, $296,381), 8. Uncaptured (10, $292,374), 9. Den’s Legacy (10, $265,000), 10. Power Broker (10, $210,000), 11. Super Ninety Nine (10, $200,000), 12. Steeler-IRE (10, $170,278), 13. Will Take Charge (10, $152,971), 14. River Seven (10, $147,125), 15. Falling Sky (10, $122,500), 16. Dice Flavor (10, $120,000), 16. Flashback (10, $120,000), 16. Revolutionary (10, $120,000), 19. Dynamic Sky (8) and 20. He’s Had Enough (6, $430,000).

ABOUT THE DERBY – To have a horse draped in the garland of roses while raising the solid gold trophy high atop the Kentucky Derby winner’s stand is the Holy Grail for horsemen around the world. Restricted to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, horses only have one chance to win the Kentucky Derby, and it’s quite an accomplishment just to receive a berth in the starting gate. Approximately 23,000 Thoroughbreds were foaled in North America in 2013, and if history is any indication, about one percent of the crop will be nominated to next spring’s Triple Crown. Only 20 will be allowed to “Run for the Roses,” as the Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the race since 2004, and 15 of the last 17 years. Once a horse earns its coveted Kentucky Derby berth, it, in most cases, will race the extended 1 ¼-mile distance for the first time. A combination of speed and the stamina it takes to complete the final eighth of a mile in the Derby often determines a win or loss.