2022 Kentucky Derby Standings: New Horse At The Top After Tampa Bay Derby

Written By Stephen Andress on March 13, 2022
2022 kentucky derby standings

Meet the new king on top of the 2022 Kentucky Derby standings.

Classic Causeway sits atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard after kicking his way to the May 7 Run for the Roses with a convincing front-running triumph in the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby.

2022 Kentucky Derby Standings

The Tampa Bay Derby, and the absence of qualifying races the weekend of March 19, signal a shift into the higher-powered prep events. The first two 100-point preps hit the board March 26 with the Louisiana Derby at Fairgrounds and the UAE Derby in Dubai.

The top 20 earn spots in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby. In 2021, the final spot had 10 points, as it does now.

RankHorsePointsTrainer
1Epicenter
164Steven M. Asmussen
2Zandon114Chad Brown
3White Abarrio
112Saffie Joseph, Jr.
4Mo Donegal112Todd Pletcher
5Tiz the Bomb110Kenny McPeek
6Cyberknife100Brad Cox
7Crown Pride (JPN)100Koichi Shintani
8Taiba100Tim Yakteen
9Simplification
74Antonio Sano
10Smile Happy
70Kenny McPeek
11Classic Causway66Brian Lynch
12Tawny Port60Brad Cox
13Barber Road
58John Ortiz
14Un Ojo
54Anthony W. Dutrow
15Messier40Tim Yakteen
16Zozos40Brad Cox
17Summer Is Tomorrow40Bhupat Seemar
18Charge It40Todd Pletcher
19Happy Jack30Doug O'Neill
20Pioneer of Medina25Todd Pletcher
21In Due Time24Kelly Breen
22Ethereal Road22D. Wayne Lukas
23Rich Strike21Eric Reed
24Rattle N Roll20Kenny McPeek

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Race Recap: Tampa Bay Derby

After bettors slammed the morning line 8-5 favorite down to 4-5 at post time, Classic Causeway earned the 50 qualifying points in wire-to-wire fashion. The victory, reminiscent of his Feb. 12 Sam Davis Stakes victory at Tampa, propelled Classic Causeway to 66 points, more than enough to reach the Derby.

Minor prizes may prove useful for Grantham, the 37-1 shot who secured second place and 20 points. He moved to 21 qualifying points, eighth on the list.

Shipsational, earning 10 points for third, now has 14 points and 15th position.

Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Classic Causeway bolted to the lead, notched a first quarter of 23.67, and then was able to relax the pace.

His final time of 1:44.90 in the Tampa Bay Derby is nearly a full second slower than that of Forbidden Kingdom’s 1:43.98 over the same distance last week at the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. But Classic Causeway ran over a track listed “good” because of morning rains, rather than “fast”, which provides a better time, especially for frontrunners.

Despite the heavier track, the top-three finishers were the ones who went to the lead. Classic Causeway led the rail-hugging Grantham throughout, while Shipsational was third early, fell back to sixth and charged wide into contention around the final turn. When Classic Causeway drifted out, Shipsational had a wider-than-expected turn and that may have cost him second place. But the win verdict was never in doubt.

Grantham paid a handsome $18 to place and completed a $52.80 exacta. It was the second good performance from a horse graduating the Withers Stakes in New York on Feb. 5.

Un Ojo, who finished second to Early Voting in the Withers, later delivered a 75-1 upset at the Rebel Stakes. Grantham, fourth in the Withers, has now made a good showing in his Withers follow-up.

Shipsational rounded out a $1 trifecta payout of $75.80. Golden Glider, 38-1, completed a $1 superfecta of $534.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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