Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep races

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby,” a series of select races that award a sliding scale of points to the Top 4 finishers, has determined preference for Churchill Downs' 20-horse Kentucky Derby field since 2013. The 1 1/4-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run at the historic Louisville, Ky., racetrack for the 145th consecutive year on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The total number of races in the primary 2019 Kentucky Derby series is unchanged from last year’s lineup with 35 marquee races scheduled. The second-year European Road to the Kentucky Derby and third-year Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby are separate series that each carve out one spot for a potential horse from Europe and Japan.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Churchill Downs has used a point system to determine Derby entrants. At least 20 horses have entered the “Run for the Roses” every year since 2014, and 18 of the last 20 years.

2018-19 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE 

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st (Points)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Sept. 15

Iroquois

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

Cairo Cat (10)

Tight Ten (4)

Pole Setter (2)

Tobacco ROad (1)

Sept. 29

American Pharoah

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

Game Winner (10)

Gunmetal Grey (4)

Rowayton (2)

Jefe (1)

Oct. 6

Champagne

Belmont Park

1 Mile

Complexity (10)

Code of Honor (4)

Call Paul (2)

Aurelius Maximus (1)

Oct. 6

Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

Knicks Go (10)

Signalman (4)

Standard Deviation (2)

Sombeyay (1)

Nov. 2

BC Juvenile

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

Game Winner (20)

Knicks Go (8)

Signalman (4)

Mr. Money (2)

Nov. 24

Kentucky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

Signalman (10)

Plus Que Parfait(4)

Limonite (2)

King for a Day (1)

Dec. 1

Remsen

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

Maximus Mischief (10)

Network Effect (4)

Tax (2)

Bourbon War (1)

Dec. 8

Los Alamitos Futurity

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

Improbable (10)

Mucho Gusto (4)

 Extra Hope (2)

Dueling (1)

Dec. 16

Springboard Mile

Remington Park

1 Mile

Long Range Toddy (10)

Bankit (4)

Dunph (2)

Tone Broke (1)

Jan. 1

Jerome

Aqueduct

1 Mile

Mind Control (10)

Our Braintrust (4)

Family Biz (2)

Gates of Dawn (1)

Jan. 5

Sham

Santa Anita

1 Mile

 Gunmetal Gray (10)

Sueno (4)

Much Better (2)

Gray Magician (1)

Jan. 19

Lecomte

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

War of Will (10)

Hog Creek Hustle (4)

Manny Wah (2)

Wicked Indeed (1)

Jan. 25

Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

Gray Attempt (10)

Long Range Toddy (4)

Boldor (2)

Six Shooter (1)

Feb. 2

Withers

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

Tax (10)

Not That Brady (4)

Our Braintrust (2)

Sir Winston (1)

Feb. 2

Robert B. Lewis

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

Mucho Gusto (10)

Gunmetal Gray (4)

Easy Shot (2)

Magnificent McCool (1)

Feb. 2

Holy Bull

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

Harvey Wallbanger (10)

Everfast (4)

Maximus Mischief (2)

Epic Dreamer (1)

Feb. 9

Sam F. Davis

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

Well Defined (10)

Kentucky Wildcat (4)

So Alive (2)

Counter Offer (1)

Feb. 16

El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate

1 1/8 Miles (S)

Anothertwistafate (10)

 Kingly (4)

More Ice (2)

Angelo's Pride (1)

Feb. 18

Southwest

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

Super Steed (10)

Sueno (4)

 Long Range Toddy (2)

Six Shooter (1)

 

Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st (Points)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Feb. 16

Risen Star

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

War of Will (50)

Country House (20)

Roiland (10)

Hog Creek Hustle (5)

March 2

Fountain of Youth

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

 Code of Honor (50)

 Bourbon War (20)

Vekoma (10)

Hidden Scroll (5)

March 9

Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

Tacitus (50)

Outshine (20)

Win Win Win (10)

Zenden (5)

March 9

Gotham

Aqueduct

1 Mile

 Haikal (50)

Mind Control (20)

Instagrand (10)

Much Better (5)

March 9

Jeff Ruby Steaks

Turfway Park

1 1/8 Miles (S)

Somelikeithotbrown (20)

Dynamic Racer (8)

Moonster (4)

Five Star General (2)

March 16

Rebel

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 23

Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

March 24

Sunland Derby

Sunland Park

1 1/8 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 30

UAE Derby

Meydan Racecourse

1 3/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

March 30

Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6

Wood Memorial

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6

Blue Grass

Keeneland

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6

Santa Anita Derby

Santa Anita

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 13

Lexington

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

April 13

Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

 Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

 

European Road to the Kentucky Derby (7 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st (Points)

Sept. 29

Juddmonte Royal Lodge

Newmarket (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

Sept. 30

Juddmonte Beresford

Naas (Ire)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

Oct. 7

Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

Chantilly (Fr)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

Oct. 27

October Trophy

Doncaster (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

March 6

Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes

Kempton Park (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

March 8

Patton (Listed)

Dundalk (Ire)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

April 11

Cardinal Condition Stakes

Chelmsford City (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(30)

Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

 

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby (4 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st (Points)

Nov. 24

Cattleya Sho

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(10)

Dec. 19

Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

Kawasaki Racecourse

1 Mile

(20)

Feb. 17*

Hyacinth

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(30)

March 31*

Fukuyru

Nakayama Racecourse

1 1/8 Miles

(40)

 Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.