2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders Top 20 – (January 1)

2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders Top 20 - (January 1)

2015 Kentucky Derby – Photo Credit Andre’ Chapman/ Analyzed Sports

December 31, 2016 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

The Road to Kentucky Derby 143 began on September 17, 2016 with the running of the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs this past fall.  Since then, there have been nine Kentucky Derby Prep races, with 27 more chances for 2 year Colts to earn points to qualify for the running of the Roses in the first Saturday in May.

A lot can happen between now and May, but until then, here’s a look at the first Top 20 Kentucky Derby Poll of the Colts with aspirations to run for it all on May 6, 2017.

2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders Top 20 – (January 1)

Below is the full Top 20 poll including other receiving votes:

1. Classic Empire- (30)

2. Practical Joke (14) 

3. Gunnevera (10)  

4. Lookin at Lee (10) 

5. Mastery (10) 

6. Gormley (10)

7. Mo Town (10)

8. McCraken (10)

9. Wild Shot (6) 

10. No Dozing  (5)

11. Klimt (4)

12. Hot Sean (4) 

13. Dangerfield (4)

14. Syndergaard (4)

15. Irap (4)

16. Straight Fire (2)

17. Favorable Outcome (2) 

18. Recruiting Ready (2)

19. Takaful (2)

20. Warrior’s Club (2)

Other Receiving Votes:  Midnight Pleasure, J Boys Echo, Big Gray Rocket, Bobby Aby Dhabi, Honor Thy Father

**** Don’t understand the point system, then click here to learn more about the Kentucky Derby Prep Races and how the contenders are ranked.******

Next Kentucky Derby Qualifiers:  

  • Jan. 2, Jerome Stakes – Aqueduct
  • Jan. 7, Sham Stakes – Santa Anita Park

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*Note – Classic Empire, Syndergaard, Gormley, and Practical Joke are all currently ranked in the Top 20.  This Kentucky Derby Prep Race features them all.  ****

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