Meet the 2022 Kentucky Derby Contenders

From left to right: Blue Grass Stakes winner Zandon, Louisiana Derby winner Epicenter, and Wood Memorial Stakes victor Mo Donegal are three of the leading contenders for the 2022 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. (Coady Photography/Coady Photography/Eclipse Sportswire)

America’s Best Racing puts together a yearly slideshow of the 3-year-olds expected to compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. This year's race on May 7 at Churchill Downs became more intriguing as the race drew closer as several of the final prep races were won in eye-catching fashion.

For most of the contenders targeting the first jewel of the Triple Crown, we were able to find a nice mix of photos to show fans their competitive side as well as a little bit about their personality. The contenders appear in order by points earned within the Road to the Kentucky scoring system that determines the 20-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

Images will be added for United Arab Emirates Derby Sponsored By Mubadala runner-up Summer Is Tomorrow and Runhappy Santa Anita Derby third-place finisher Happy Jack once available.

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