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148th Kentucky Derby, May 7, 2022

March 2, 2022

The 148th annual running of the Kentucky Derby will be held on May 7 at Churchill Downs. This race–at a distance of 1 ½ furlongs–attracts entrants of horses bred for speed. I’ve already placed a “futures” wager of $2 on “Major General” (trained by Todd Pletcher) when its odds were 31-1. There are 15 more Derby “Prep” races to be run in which horses accumulate “points” that determine eligibility.

Here’s a ranking of the top 15 possible entrants based on number of points:

1

Epicenter

Steve Asmussen

64

$340,000

2

Un Ojo

Tony Dutrow

54

$655,000

3

Smile Happy

Ken McPeek

30

$314,410

4

Ethereal Road

Wayne Lukas

20

$200,000

5

Barber Road

John Ortiz

18

$339,700

6

Classic Causeway

Brian Lynch

16

$126,100

7

Pappacap

Mark Casse

14

$558,000

8

Zandon

Chad Brown

14

$90,000

9

White Abarrio

Saffie Joseph

12

$186,850

10

Mo Donegal

Todd Pletcher

12

$161,500

11

Rattle N Roll

Ken McPeek

10

$300,000

12

Make It Big

Saffie Joseph

10

$240,000

13

Slow Down Andy

Doug O’Neill

10

$180,000

14

Major General

Todd Pletcher

10

$177,525

15

Dash Attack

Ken McPeek

10

$175,834

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