Kentucky Derby 2023 - Road to the Derby

Kentucky Derby 2023Kentucky Derby 2023 will be run for the 149th time on Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  Effective for the 2023 road to the Derby, horses finishing in 5th place will earn Derby points. The updated race schedule and point values are below.


Once again, horses trained by any individual suspended from racing in the Kentucky Derby cannot earn points to the race. Continuing from 2021, preps in California, New York, Florida and Kentucky will be run without Lasix. Horses who do run on the medication will not receive Derby points. Those horses are designated with a [*] in the chart. 

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


1st (points)

2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 5th (points) 
Sept. 17Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 mile(10) Curly Jack(4) Honed(3) Jace's Road(2) Hayes Strike(1) Confidence Game
Oct. 1ChampagneBelmont at AQ1 1/16 miles (10) Blazing Sevens(4) Verifying(3) Gulfport(2) Andiamo a Firenze(1) Champions Dream
Oct. 8
American PharoahSanta Anita
1 1/16 miles
Cave RockNational TreasureHejaziGandolfini(1) Man Child
Oct. 8Breeders' Futurity Keeneland 11/16 miles (10) Forte(4) Loggins(3) Red Route One(2) Instant CoffeeNewgate
Nov. 4Breeders' Cup Juvenile Keeneland1 1/16 miles (30) ForteCave RockNational Treasure(6) Blazing Sevens(3) Curly Jack 
Nov. 26Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles (10) Instant Coffee(4) Curly Jack(3) Hayes Strike(2) Red Route One(1) Denington
Dec. 3Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles (10) Dubyuhnell(4) Arctic Arrogance(3) Tuskegee Airmen(2) Quick to Accuse(1) Midnight Trouble
Dec. 17Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 miles Practical Move (10)Carmel RoadFort BraggTall Boy (2)Arabian Lion 
Dec. 17Springboard Mile Remington Park 1 mile *Wildatlanticstorm*Giant MischiefEcho Again (3)Gunflash (2)Campfire Creed (1)
Dec. 26Gun RunnerFair Grounds1 1/16 milesJace's Road (10) Raise Cain (4) Determinedly (3) Hayes Strike (2) Andthewinneris (1) 
Jan. 1Smarty JonesOaklawn Park 1 mile Victory Formation (10) Angel of Empire (4) Denington (3) Western Ghent (2) How Did He Do That (1) 
Jan. 7JeromeAqueduct1 mile Lugan Knight (10) Arctic Arrogance (4) General Banker (3) Neural Network (2) Andiamo a Firenze (1)
Jan. 8Sham Santa Anita 1 mile ReincarnateNewgateNational TreasurePacks a Wahlop (2) Spun Intended 
Jan. 21 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 miles Instant Coffee (20) Two Phil's (8)Confidence Game (6) Denington (4) Bromley (2) 
Jan. 28 SouthwestOaklawn Park 1 1/16 milesArabian KnightRed Route One (8)Frosted Departure (6)Sun Thunder (4) Jace's Road (2) 
Feb. 4Holy Bull  Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 milesRocket Can (20) Shadow Dragon (8) West Coast Cowboy (6) Legacy Isle (4)Il Miracolo (2) 
Rescheduled to Feb. 11WithersAqueduct1 1/8 miles Hit Show (20) Arctic Arrogance (8) General Banker (6) Andiamo a Firenze (4) Prove Right (2) 
Feb. 4 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles NewgateHard to FigureWorcesterArabian Lion
Feb. 11Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 miles Litigate (20) Groveland (8)Classic Car Wash (6) Classic Legacy (4) Zydeceaux (2) 
Feb. 11 El Camino Real Golden Gate 1 1/8 miles (AW) Chasing Chaos (10)Gilmore Harcyn Passarando Nullabor
Mar. 4Battaglia Memorial Turfway Park1 1/16 miles (AW) Congruent (20) Scoobie Quando (8) Bromley (6) Moon Landing (4) Miranda Rights (2) 
 Kentucky Derby Championship Series
Feb. 18Risen StarFair Grounds 1 1/8 miles Angel of Empire (50)Sun Thunder (20) Two Phil's (15) Tapit's Conquest (10) Single Ruler (5) 
Feb. 25RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 miles Confidence Game (50) Red Route One (20)Reincarnate (15)Verifying (10) Bourbon Bash (5) 
Mar. 4Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles Forte (50) Rocket Can (20) Cyclone Mischief (15) Mage (10)Shadow Dragon (5) 
Mar. 4Gotham Aqueduct1 mile Raise Cain (50) Slip Mahoney (20) General Banker (15) Eyeing Clover (10) Clear the Air (5)
Mar. 4San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Practical Move (50)Geaux Rocket Ride (20)Skinner (15)Hejazi (10)Fort Bragg (5) 
Mar. 11Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs1 1/16 miles Tapit Trice (50) Classic Car Wash (20)Classic Legacy (15)Prairie Hawk (10) Lord Miles (5) 
Mar. 25Jeff Ruby SteaksTurfway Park1 1/8 miles (AW)Two Phil's (100)Major Dude (40)Funtastic Again (30)Wadsworth (20)Maker's Candy (10) 
Mar. 25Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 miles Kingsbarns (100)Disarm (40)Jace's Road (30) Shopper's Revenge (20) Sun Thunder (10) 
Mar. 25UAE Derby Meydan1 1/8 miles Derma Sotogake (100) Dura Erede (40) Continuar (30)Perriere (20) Go Soldier Go 
Mar. 26Sunland DerbySunland Park 1 1/8 miles Wild on Ice (50)Low Expectations (20)Henry Q How Did He Do That (10) One In Vermillion (5) 
Apr. 1Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 miles Forte (100) Mage (40)Cyclone Mischief (30) Mr. Ripple (20)Fort Bragg (10)
Apr. 1Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 miles Angel of Empire (100)King Russell (40)Reincarnate (30) Rocket Can (20)Airtime (10) 
Apr. 8Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 miles Tapit Trice (100)Verifying (40)Blazing Sevens (30) Sun Thunder (20) Raise Cain (10) 
Apr. 8 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 milesPractical Move (100)Mandarin Hero (40)Skinner (30)National Treasure (20)One in Vermillion (10) 
Apr. 8Wood MemorialAqueduct 1 1/8 MilesLord Miles (100) Hit Show (40)Dreamlike (30)Arctic Arrogance (20) Classic Catch (10)
Apr. 15LexingtonKeeneland 1 1/16 miles First Mission (20)Arabian Lion (8) Disarm (6) Denington (4)Demolition Duke (2)