2022 Kentucky Derby Standings: 3 More Clinch Starting Gate Slots

Written By Dave Bontempo on March 8, 2022
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The nationwide betting public was on its collective game Saturday, backing three short-priced horses who captured 50 points each in the 2022 Kentucky Derby standings and clinched qualifying berths in the May 7 Run for the Roses.

Forbidden Kingdom won the San Felipe Stakes at 4-5 at Santa Anita, while even-money Morello secured the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Co-favored Simplification prevailed at 5-2 in Gulfstream Park’s Fountain of Youth Stakes.

2022 Kentucky Derby Standings

The next Kentucky Derby prep is the Tampa Bay Derby March 12, at Tampa Bay Downs. The top 20 earn spots in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.

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

Simplification rose into third, but has the same number of points as second-place Un Ojo at 54 points, 10 behind circuit-leader Epicenter, the winner of the Risen Star Stakes. Morello and Forbidden Kingdom settled right behind Simplification with 50 points.

Two of the runners-up, In Due Time for the Fountain of Youth, and Dean’s List in the Gotham, attained 20 points and reached the top 10. Doppelganger, second in the San Felipe, did not earn 20 points because he is trained by Bob Baffert.

The trainer has been banned by Churchill Downs from competing in the Kentucky Derby for two years as a result of Medina Spirit failing a post-race drug test last year. Baffert filed a federal lawsuit this past week to try and reverse that ban and force the track to allow his horses to earn qualifying points for the Derby. But while that process is developing, they cannot.

The two horses awarded runners-up points, In Due Time and Dean’s List, may ultimately have enough Derby qualifying points if their connections decide to enter it. The 20th Kentucky Derby qualifier had 10 points last year.

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Each of the 50-point winners took a different victory path in the Derby’s first Super Saturday lead up.

Fountain of Youth

Simplification, slammed in late betting from 9-2 to 5-2, was pocketed at the start and battled for racing room throughout the entire 1 1/16-mile event. Jockey Jose Ortiz was finally able to swing him widest of all around the final turn and he was much the best from there. In Due Time, previewed in The Lines as a game closer, picked up pieces to get second at 6-1.

The exotics money came from the third spot when O Captain nipped co-favored Emmanuel at the wire. He was 80-1 and completed a $1 trifecta of $1,061.

The $1-dollar superfecta, with Emmanuel finishing fourth at 5-2, paid $9,387.

Emmanuel had traffic problems throughout the entire race, being bottled up behind a wall of horses, swinging five lengths wide and tiring to lose both the place and the show in the final strides.

Gotham Stakes

At Aqueduct, Morello prevailed at even money behind jockey Jose Lezcano. He was equal to the task of stretching out to a one-turn mile and collared front-running Dean’s List, 5-1, down the stretch.

Golden Code, at 27-1 was third in a photo to complete a $1 trifecta of $162. Life is Great, given positive reviews at TheLines before the race, finished fourth at a whopping 46-1 and finalized a $1 superfecta of $1,139.

Sna Felipe Stakes

In the San Felipe, Forbidden Kingdom was bet down to 4-5 and made it look that easy in stretching to the 1 1–6-mile distance to wire the field. With Juan Hernandez in the irons, he led by nine lengths at one point. Doppelganger, 9-5, finished a clear, but clearly-beaten second.

The $2 exacta was small, as expected, $7.00, and the $1 trifecta with 19-1 longshot Happy Jack third was only $32.

Forbidden Kingdom had the best pace and size-of-field scenario, as the San Felipe only had seven competitors.

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Dave Bontempo, who writes extensively on the emergence of legalized sports betting, is a recipient of the Sam Taub Award for Broadcast Excellence by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has broadcast boxing for all the major networks over the last four decades and is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame. His work also can be seen at the Press of Atlantic City and iGamingPlayer.

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