Churchill Downs Releases Updated Kentucky Derby Points Races for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Aug. 9, 2013) – Churchill Downs Racetrack officials announced Friday that 34 races will be included in the 2013-14 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, including 16 significant events that comprise the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” over the 10 weeks that precede the first Saturday in May.

The 140th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be run Saturday, May 3, 2014, and for the second consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.

The total number of races in the series has been reduced by two. Two races have been added to and three others were removed from the “Prep Season” which includes foundation-building races over a minimum of one mile between September and mid-February. Additionally, one “Wild Card” race has been removed.

Churchill Downs’ Iroquois, which was previously staged in late October, has been moved to the track’s inaugural 12-date September Meet (Sept. 6-29) and will kick-start the series on Saturday, Sept. 7. The other new addition to the lineup is the Jerome at Aqueduct, which was repositioned to early January this year to bolster New York’s 3-year-old series.

While Churchill Downs has added the Iroquois, it dropped its Derby Trial, which has been staged one week in advance of the Derby since 1982, as a “Wild Card” race. A trio of “Prep Season” races also was removed from the schedule: the Royal Lodge, Europe’s lone juvenile race on turf; the CashCall Futurity at soon-to-be-closed Betfair Hollywood Park; and South Florida’s Sam F. Davis.


Additionally, the points awarded to the Top 4 finishers in the lone remaining “Wild Card” race, the Lexington at Keeneland, have been halved from 20-8-4-2 to 10-4-2-1. 


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There has to be some rewards method to get into this big race rather than the old "who do you know" way it used to be required to make it to the starting gate.
@railbird33: I believe that your example of three great fillies would still not be slighted. If they have aspirations of running in the Kentucky Derby, they have to eye a designated Derby prep. Plus, if they go that route, they get a 5 lb. allowance. It's a level playing field(with the exception of the Illinois Derby), and the rules are self-evident if they wish to pursue that path. 10 pts would've got you in last year.
Remind me again how Eight Belles, Winning Colors & Genuine Risk would have gotten into this race. (rhetorical)
Buds. The issue with the Illinois Derby is that it is the signature event of Hawthorne and Churchill Downs parent company owns Arlington and wants to drive Hawthorne out of business and is still smarting from the simulcasting decision made by the Illinois Board to award Derby simulcasting to Hawthorne instead of Arlington. Because there are no racinos in Illinois, the tracks are dog eat dog over there. Hopefully if Gov. Quinn allows slots etc. at the tracks some of this animosity might end. It is extremely petty and demeaning and hurts the entire industry.
wonder what the issue is. someones holding a grudge over something
Illinois Derby? T
I'm happy they got rid of the Royal Lodge, which was completely irrelevant to the Kentucky Derby. The Sam F. Davis has been irrelevant, so I'm okay with dropping that. The Cashcall Futurity, however, is a good juvenile race for West Coast prospects.... Surprised they dumped that. Illinois Derby should be in the system. The Jerome was a good addition and the Derby Trial was a good drop.
who knows.
The Royal Lodge I can understand, but why the Sam Davis, and the Cashcall?. Can they not move the Cash call Futurity to Santa Anita?
Glad they dropped those 3 races but i see why they dropped the willdcard races.
And people wonder why racing is dying when the powers that be are incapable of putting their private spats aside for the benefit of racing as a whole.
Well, they did say to expect changes/adjustments in the prep races if needed. The addition of the Iroquois is most interesting to me; I'm now understanding the path being taken by Ride On Curlin's connections more than I did previously.
So, still no Illinois Derby in the points preps?
The weasles from Churchill Downs Inc. are still in charge.
The stench coming from CDI hurts my nose.

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