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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

 (10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Sept. 29

American Pharoah

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 6

Champagne

Belmont Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 6

Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Nov. 2

BC Juvenile

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

Nov. 24

Kentucky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 1

Remsen

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 8*

Los Alamitos Futurity

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 16

Springboard Mile

Remington Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 1*

Jerome

Aqueduct

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 5*

Sham

Santa Anita

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 12*

Lecomte

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 25

Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Withers

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Robert B. Lewis

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Holy Bull

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 9*

Sam F. Davis

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 16*

El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate

1 1/8 Miles (S)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 18

Southwest

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(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

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 2*

Fountain of Youth

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

Gotham

Aqueduct

1 Mile

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

San Felipe

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 16*

Jeff Ruby Steaks

Turfway Park

1 1/8 Miles (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(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)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Sept. 29

Juddmonte Royal Lodge

Newmarket (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Sept. 30

Juddmonte Beresford

Naas (Ire)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 7

Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

Chantilly (Fr)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 27

October Trophy

Doncaster (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

March 6

Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes

Kempton Park (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

March 8

Patton (Listed)

Dundalk (Ire)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

April 11

Cardinal Condition Stakes

Chelmsford City (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(30)

(12)

(6)

(3)

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)

2nd (Points)

3rd (Points)

4th (Points)

Nov. 24

Cattleya Sho

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 19

Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

Kawasaki Racecourse

1 Mile

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

Feb. 17*

Hyacinth

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(30)

(12)

(6)

(3)

March 31*

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