2020 Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule


(Florida Derby winner and Kentucky Derby points leader Tiz the Law. Gulfstream Park photo)

A detour sign has been placed on the road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a number of cancellations and postponements for major races.

Churchill Downs announced the Derby has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 5. The late date of this year’s “Run for the Roses” also allows for some of the major prep races to return in the summer months, with traditional 3-year-old stakes now added to the points-paying calendar.

Additional races have been added to the prep schedule, including races at Monmouth Park, Ellis Park, Del Mar and Los Alamitos. The Haskell Stakes, a mainstay on the summer racing schedule for 3-year-olds gets Derby points this year. The Pegasus Stakes, also at Monmouth Park, finds itself in the mix.

The biggest addition to the prep schedule is the Belmont Stakes, which will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on June 20. It will provide the winner with a record 150 points to the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Places second through fourth will receive 60-30-15 points on a sliding scale.

While some of the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" stakes races have definitive schedules, some race dates are to be determined.

The following are results of each prep race and points earned. The table will be updated reflecting any changes to the schedule.

DateRace Track Distance 

1st (points)

2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 
Sept. 14Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles Dennis' Moment (10)Scabbard (4) Lebda (2) Letmeno (1) 
Sept. 27 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Eight Rings (10) American Theorem (4) Storm the Court (2) Express Train (1) 
Oct. 5 Champagne Belmont Park 1 mile Tiz the Law (10) Green Light Go (4) Big City Bob (2) Gozilla (1) 
Oct. 5 Breeders' Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 miles Maxfield (10) Gouverneur Morris (4) Enforceable (2) Ajaaweed (1) 
Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Storm the Court (20) Anneau d'Or (8) Wrecking Crew (4) Scabbard (2) 
Nov. 30 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles Silver Prospector (10) Finnick the Fierce (4) Tiz the Law (2) Enforceable (1) 
Dec. 7 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles Shotski (10) Ajaaweed (4) Chase Tracker (2) Informative (1) 
Dec. 7 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 miles Thousand Words (10) Anneau d'Or (4) High Velocity (2) Wrecking Crew (1) 
Dec. 15 Springboard Mile Remington Park 1 mile Shoplifted (10) Answer In (4) Embolden (2) Jungle Runner (1) 
Jan. 1Jerome Belmont Park 1 mile Independence Hall (10) Bourbon Bay (3) [DH] Prince of Pharoahs (3) [DH]Celtic Striker (1) 
Jan. 4 Sham Santa Anita 1 mile Authentic (10) Azul Coast (4) Zimba Warrior (2) Taishan (1) 
Jan. 18 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 miles Enforceable (10) Silver State (4) Mr. Monomoy (2) Finnick the Fierce (1) 
Jan. 24 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 mile Gold Street (10) Three Technique (4) Shoplifted (2) Silver Prospector (1) 
Feb. 1 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles Max Player (10) Shotski (4) Portos (2) Monday Morning Qb (1) 
Feb. 1 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles Tiz the Law (10) Ete Indien (4) Toledo (2) Relentless Dancer (1) 
Feb. 1 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Thousand Words (10) Royal Act (4) High Velocity (2) Tizamagician (1) 
Feb. 8 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles Sole Volante (10) Independence Hall (4) Ajaaweed (2) Tiz Rye Time (1) 
Feb. 15 El Camino Real Golden Gate 1 1/8 miles (AW) Azul Coast (10) American Farmer (4) Indian Peak (2) Wine and Whisky (1) 
Feb. 15 Risen Star Div. 1 Fair Grounds 1 1/8 miles Mr. Monomoy (50) Enforceable (20) Silver State (10) Farmington Road (5) 
Feb. 15 Risen Star Div.2 Fair Grounds 1 1/8 miles Modernist (50) Major Fed (20) Ny Traffic (10) Mailman Money (5) 
Feb. 17 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles Silver Prospector (10) Wells Bayou (4) Answer In (2) Shoplifted (1) 
Feb. 29 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles Ete Indien (50) Candy Tycoon (20) As Seen On Tv (10) Shotski (5) 
Mar. 7 Gotham Aqueduct1 mile Mischievious Alex (50)Untitled (20)Attachment Rate (10) Montauk Traffic (5) 
Mar. 7 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs1 1/16 miles King Guillermo (50) Sole Volante (20) Texas Swing (10) Letmeno (5) 
Mar. 7 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Authentic (50) Honor A.P. (20) Storm the Court (10) Thousand Words (5) 
Mar. 14 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles Nadal (50) Excession (20) Basin (10) Three Technique (5) 
Mar. 14 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 miles (AW) Field Pass (20) Invader (8) Fancy Liquor (4) Halo Again (2) 
Mar. 21 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 miles Wells Bayou (100) Ny Traffic (40) Modernist (20) Major Fed (10) 
Mar. 28 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 miles Tiz the Law (100) Shivaree (40) Ete Indien (20) Gouverneur Morris (10) 
May 2 Arkansas Derby Div. 1 Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 miles Charlatan (100) Basin (40) Gouverneur Morris (20) Winning Impression (10) 
May 2 Arkansas Derby Div. 2 Belmont Park1 1/8 miles Nadal (100) King Guillermo (40)  Finnick the Fierce (20) Wells Bayou (10)
May 23 Matt Winn Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles Maxfield (50)Ny Traffic (20) Pneumatic (10)Attachment Rate (5)  
June 6Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita1 1/8 miles 100 points 40 points20 points 10 points 
June 20 Belmont Stakes Belmont Park 1 1/8 miles 150 points 60 points 30 points 15 points 
June 27 Ohio Derby Thistledown 1 1/8 miles 20 points 8 points 4 points 2 points 
July 4 Los Alamitos Derby Los Alamitos1 1/8 miles 20 points8 points 4 points 2 points 
July 8 Indiana Derby  Indiana Grand 1 1/16 miles 20 points 8 points 4 points 2 points 
July 11Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 miles 100 points 40 points 20 points 10 points 
July 18 Haskell Monmouth Park 1 1/8 miles 100 points 40 points 20 points 10 points 
Aug. 1Shared BeliefDel Mar1 1/16 miles50 points20 points10 points5 points 
Aug. 15 Pegasus Monmouth Park 1 1/16 miles 20 points 8 points 4 points 2 points 
TBD Ellis Park Derby Ellis Park 1 mile 50 points 20 points 10 points 5 points 


The following are the races on the "European Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby." The top points earner will receive an invitation to Churchill Downs at its conclusion.

Date Race Track Dist. 1st (points) 2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 
Sept. 28Royal Lodge Newmarket (GB) 1 mile (Turf) Royal Dornoch (10) Kameko (4) Iberia (2) Year of the Tiger (1) 
Sept. 29 Beresford Curragh (Ire.) 1 mile (Turf) Innisfree (10) Shekhem (4) Gold Maze (2) Cammora (1) 
Oct. 6 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Longchamp (Fr.) 1 mile (Turf) Victor Ludorum (10) Alson (4) Armory (2) Ecrivain (1) 
Nov. 1 Futurity Trophy Newcastle (GB) 1 mile (AW) Kameko (10) Innisfree (4) Year of the Tiger (2) Mogul (1) 
Feb. 28Patton Dundalk (Ire.) 1 mile (AW) Crossfirehurricane (20) Choice of Mine (8) Orchid Gardens (4) Dutch Admiral (2) 
March 4 Conditions StakesKempton Park (GB) 1 mile (AW) Chares (20) Berlin Tango (8) New World Tapestry (4) Naval Commander (2) 


The following are the races on the "Japanese Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby." The top points earner will receive an invitation to Churchill Downs at its conclusion.

Date Race Track Dist. 1st (points) 2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 
Nov. 23Cattleya Sho Tokyo Racecourse 1 mile Dieu du Vin (10) Shonan Mario (4) Daimei Corrida (2) Aurora Tesoro (1) 
Dec. 18 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki Racecourse 1 mile Vacation (20) Ioloite (8) T's Dunk (4) Meisho Tensui (2) 
Feb. 23Hyacinth Tokyo Racecourse 1 mile Cafe Pharoah (30) Tagano Beauty (12) Yaugau (6) Longonot (3) 
March 28 Fukuryu Nakayama Racecourse 1 1/8 mile Herrschaft (40) T O Keynes (16) Miyaji Kokuo (8) Reine Blanche (4) 
June 21 Unicorn Stakes Tokyo Racecourse 1 mile 40 points 16 points 8 points 4 points 
July 8 Japan Dirt Derby Ohi 1 1/4 mile 40 points 16 points 8 points 4 points 

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