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Horses invited to compete in the 2022 Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is now complete. Here are the 20 horses that will be given the chance to enter the gate at Churchill Downs on May 7th.

Zandon, with Flavien Prat up, wins the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Keeneland race course. Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Following today’s running of the 2022 Lexington Stakes, the Road to the Kentucky Derby is now complete, and we know which horses will be invited to participate in the Run for the Roses on May 7th at Churchill Downs for the fastest two minutes in sports.

The Top 18 horses below are guaranteed an entry into the 2022 Kentucky Derby, but due to injury or eligible horses in the European Road and Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby choosing not to participate, as many as 20 horses on this list will be given a chance to compete.

Here is the complete list of horses available for the 2022 Kentucky Derby.

  1. Epicenter: 164 points, $1,010,639
  2. Zandon: 114 points, $663,500
  3. White Abarrio: 112 points, $769,650
  4. Mo Donegal: 112 points, $561,500
  5. Tiz the Bomb: 110 points, $1,012,610
  6. Cyberknife: 100 points, $752,000
  7. Crown Pride: 100 points, $580,000
  8. Taiba: 100 points, $450,000
  9. Simplification: 74 points, $482,150
  10. Smile Happy: 70 points, $499,410
  11. Classic Causeway: 66 points, $466,100
  12. Slow Down Andy: 60 points, $475,000
  13. Tawny Port: 60 points, $362,000
  14. Barber Road: 58 points, $589,700
  15. Un Ojo: 54 points, $661,250
  16. Early Voting: 50 points, $277,500
  17. Morello: 50 points, $242,500
  18. Messier: 40 points, $390,000
  19. Zozos: 40 points, $200,000
  20. Summer Is Tomorrow: 40 points, $200,000

One horse each will also be made eligible from the European Road to the Kentucky Derby, and one from Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. The top point-earning three-year-old horse that accepts an invitation will also be given an entry from each foreign competition, but that horse must not finish outside the top four of the final points standings.

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

Dark Moon Rising: 30 points
Blue Trail: 23 points
Luxembourg: 20 points
Harrow: 20 points

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

Delicada: 40 points
Combustion: 38 points
Dry Stout: 20 points
Notturno: 16 points