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Horses invited to compete in the 2023 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 6.

A general view of roses in the winner’s circle with the Twin Spires in the background before the148th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7th, 2022, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Following Saturday’s running of the 2023 Lexington Stakes, the Road to the Kentucky Derby will be complete, and we know which horses will be invited to participate in the Run for the Roses on May 6 at Churchill Downs for the fastest two minutes in sports.

The Top 19 horses below are guaranteed an entry into the 2023 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.

Below we have the complete list of horses eligible for a spot in the gate for the 2023 Kentucky Derby on May 6 from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here is the final list of horses available for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. The Top 19 will receive an invitation.

Updated April 15, 5:27 p.m. after Lexington Stakes

2023 Road to Kentucky Derby Standings

Place Horse Derby Points Trainer Stakes $$ Won
Place Horse Derby Points Trainer Stakes $$ Won
1 Forte 190 Todd A. Pletcher
2 Practical Move 160 Tim Yakteen
3 Angel of Empire 154 Brad H. Cox
4 Tapit Trice 150 Todd A. Pletcher
5 Two Phil's 123 Larry Rivelli
6 Lord Miles 105 Saffie A. Joseph Jr.
7 Derma Sotogake (JPN) 100 Hidetaka Otonashi
8 Kingsbarn 100 Todd A. Pletcher
9 Raise Cain 64 Ben Colebrook
10 Hit Show 60 Brad H. Cox
11 Rocket Can 60 William I. Mott
12 Confidence Game 57 J. Keith Desormeaux
13 Sun Thunder 54 Kenneth G. McPeak
14 Verifying 54 Brad H. Cox
15 Wild On Ice 50 Joel H. Marr
16 Mage 50 Gustavo Delgado
17 Blazing Sevens 46 Chad C. Brown
18 Disarm 46 Steven M. Asmussen
19 Reincarnate 45 Tim Yakteen $263,250
Missed field - - - -
20 Jace's Road 45 Brad H. Cox $200,000
21 Cyclone Mischief 45 Dale L. Romans $137,525
22 Major Dude 40 Todd A. Pletcher
23 King Russell 40 Ron Moquett
24 Disarm 40 Steven M. Asmussen
25 Mandarin Hero 40 Terunobu Fujita
26 Arctic Arrogance 36 Linda Rice
27 Sun Thunder 34 Kenneth G. McPeek
28 Red Route One 33 Steven M. Asmussen

One horse from both the European Road and Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby were eligible to enter the race, though many owners and trainers decide against making the trip. If the first horse refuses, the second will be given the option, then the third, and finally fourth. No horse below the fourth place finisher will be extended an invitation.

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

No horse accepted

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

Continuar has chosen to run in the Kentucky Derby.