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2014 Road to the Kentucky Derby

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The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay

April 24, 2014

A Kentucky Derby "tradition" that many fans disliked, the old graded stakes earnings method for determining who can enter the Derby, ended with the introduction of the new points system in 2013 to determine the 20-horse field. A parallel system is also used for the Kentucky Oaks.

Rather than tallying earnings in any graded/group stakes anywhere in the world, the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" will feature just 34 races overall. 16 marquee events in the final 10 weeks before the Derby will be called the "Kentucky Derby Championship Series". The "road" will be divided into two phases, each offering different points to the top 4 finishers:

"Kentucky Derby Prep Season" - 18 races on dirt or synthetic over distances of at least 1 mile, between September 7 and February 17. These races will award points on a 10-4-2-1 scale.

The "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" - a 3-part series of 16 races on dirt or synthetic surfaces at distances over a mile, traditionally run in the final 10 weeks before the Derby. The first leg of this series includes the Risen Star, Fountain of Youth, Gotham, Tampa Bay Derby, San Felipe, Rebel, Spiral, and Sunland Derby, each offering a 50-20-10-5 point scale. The second leg, worth 100-40-20-10 points, features the Florida Derby, UAE Derby, Louisiana Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Arkansas Derby, and the Blue Grass. The final race is the "wild cards", the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, with a 10-4-2-1 point scale.

In the event of a dead-heat in a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other. If two or more horses have the same number of points, which can often be the case whenever a point system is introduced, the tiebreaker to get into the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether they are graded or not. If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she'll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series against open company will be credited to her point total in the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series.

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Kentucky Derby Prep Season

Race Distance Track 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Iroquois 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Cleburne (10) Smart Cover (4) Tapitude (2) Ride On Curlin (1)
FrontRunner 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Bond Holder (10) Dance With Fate (4) Tamarando (2) Can the Man (1)
Champagne 1 M Belmont Havana (10) Honor Code (4) Ride On Curlin (2) Casiguapo (1)
Breeders’ Futurity 1 1/16 M (S) Keeneland We Miss Artie(10) Smarty's Echo(4) Arctic Slope(2) Rum Point(1)
Grey 1 1/16 M (S) Woodbine Ami's Holiday (10) Big Bazinga (4) Go Greeley (2) n/a
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1 1/16 M Santa Anita New Year's Day (10) Havana (4) Strong Mandate (2) Bond Holder (1)
Delta Downs Jackpot 1 1/16 M Delta Downs Rise Up (10) Casiguapo (4) Rankhasprivileges (2) Intense Holiday (1)
Remsen 1 1/8 M Aqueduct Honor Code (10) Cairo Prince (4) Wicked Strong (2) Intense Holiday (1)
Kentucky Jockey Club 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Tapiture (10) Laddie Boy (4) Awesome Sky (2) Buck Magic (1)
Jerome 1 M 70 Y Aqueduct Noble Moon (10) Classic Giacnroll (4) Scotland (2) Matuszak (1)
Sham 1 M Santa Anita Midnight Hawk (10) Kristo (4) Ontology (2) I'll Wrap It Up (1)
Lecomte 1 M 70 Y Fair Grounds Midnight Hawk (10) Albano (4) Gold Hawk (2) Roman Unbridled (1)
Smarty Jones 1 M Oaklawn Park Tanzanite Cat (10) Walt (4) Coastline (2) Son of a Preacher (1)
Holy Bull 1 M Gulfstream Park Cairo Prince (10) Conquest Titan (4) Intense Holiday (2) Almost Famous (1)
Withers 1 1/16 M Aqueduct Samraat (10) Uncle Sigh (4) Scotland (2) Classic Giacnroll (1)
Robert B. Lewis 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Candy Boy (10) Chitu (4) Midnight Hawk (2) Diamond Bachelor (1)
El Camino Real Derby 1 1/8 M (S) Golden Gate Tamarando (10) Dance With Fate (4) Enterprising (2) Puppy Manners (1)
Southwest 1 M Oaklawn Park Tapiture (10) Strong Mandate (4) Ride On Curlin (2) Coastline (1)

Kentucky Derby Championship Series
Race Distance Track 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series            
Fountain of Youth 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park Wildcat Red (50) General a Rod (20) Top Billing (10) East Hall (5)
Risen Star 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Intense Holiday (50) Albano (20) Vicar's In Trouble (10) Hoppertunity (5)
Gotham 1 1/16 M Aqueduct Samraat (50) Uncle Sigh (20) In Trouble (10) Financial Mogul (5)
Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16 M Tampa Bay Downs Ring Weekend (50) Vinceremos (20) Surfing U S A (10) Conquest Titan (5)
San Felipe 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California Chrome (50) Midnight Hawk (20) Kristo (10) Schoolofhardrocks (5)
Rebel 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Hoppertunity (50) Tapiture (20) Ride On Curlin (10) Strong Mandate (5)
Spiral 1 1/8 M (S) Turfway Park We Miss Artie (50) Harry's Holiday (20) Coastline (10) Asserting Bear (5)
Sunland Derby 1 1/8 M Sunland Park Chitu (50) Midnight Hawk (20) Commissioner (10) Rebranded (5)
Second Leg of Series            
Florida Derby 1 1/8 M Gulfstream Park Constitution (100) Wildcat Red (40) General a Rod (20) Cairo Prince (10)
Louisiana Derby 1 1/8 M Fair Grounds Vicar's In Trouble (100) Intense Holiday (40) Commanding Curve (20) Albano (10)
UAE Derby 1 3/16 M (S) Meydan Racecourse Toast of New York (100) Asmar (40) Emirates Flyer (20) Giovanni Boldini (10)
Wood Memorial 1 1/8 M Aqueduct Wicked Strong (100) Samraat (40) Social Inclusion (20) Schivarelli (10)
Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8 M Santa Anita California Chrome (100) Hoppertunity (40) Candy Boy (20) Dublin Up (10)
Arkansas Derby 1 1/8 M Oaklawn Park Danza (100) Ride On Curlin (40) Bayern (20) Tapiture (10)
Blue Grass 1 1/8 M (S) Keeneland Dance With Fate (100) Medal Count (40) Pablo Del Monte (20) Big Bazinga (10)
"Wild Card"            
Lexington 1 1/16 M (S) Keeneland Mr Speaker (10) Divine Oath (4) Supermonic (2) Ami's Holiday (1)

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

Kentucky Oaks Prep Season

Race Distance Track 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Pocahontas 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Untapable (10) Stonetastic (4) Rosalind (2) Milam (1)
Chandelier 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Secret Compass (10) She's a Tiger (4) Fascinating (2) Harlington's Rose (1)
Alcibiades 1 1/16 M (S) Keeneland My Conquestadory (10) Rosalind (4) Battlefield Angel (2) Who's in Town (1)
Frizette 1 M Belmont Artemis Agrotera (10) Sweet Reason (4) Stopchargingmaria (2) Divided Attention (1)
Mazarine 1 1/16 M (S) Woodbine Madly Truly (10) Unspurned (4) Morant Bay (2) Spanish Flower (1)
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Ria Antonia (10) She's a Tiger (4) Rosalind (2) Sweet Reason (1)
Delta Downs Princess 1 M Delta Downs Tepin (10) Bahnah (4) Concave (2) Synapse (1)
Demoiselle 1 1/8 M Aqueduct Stopchargingmaria (10) Got Lucky (4) Penwith (2) Lexi Morgan (1)
Golden Rod 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Vexed (10) Bird Maker (4) Stonetastic (2) Naive Enough (1)
Busanda 1 M Aqueduct Fierce Boots (10) Flipcup (4) Fleet of Gold (2) Ketel Twist (1)
Santa Ynez 6 1/2 F Santa Anita Awesome Baby (10) Taste Like Candy (4) Crushed Velvet (2) Uzziel (1)
Silverbulletday 1 M 70 Y Fair Grounds Unbridled Forever (10) Divine Beauty (4) Express Model (2) Army (1)
Forward Gal 7 F Gulfstream Park Onlyforyou (10) Aurelia's Belle (4) Resistivity (2) My Dear Regina (1)
Busher 1 1/16 M Aqueduct Joint Return (10) Vero Amore (4) Ketel Twist (2) Fierce Boots (1)

Martha Washington

1 M Oaklawn Park Aragon Ami (10) Euphrosyne (4) Ireland (2) Cow Catcher (1)

Las Virgenes

1 M Santa Anita Fashion Plate (10) Streaming (4) Arethusa (2) Taste Like Candy (1)

Kentucky Oaks Championship Series
Race Distance Track 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series            
Davona Dale 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park Onlyforyou (50) House Rules (20) Aurelia's Belle (10) Penwith (5)
Rachel Alexandra 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Untapable (50) Got Lucky (20) Shanon Nicole (10) Ria Antonia (5)
UAE Oaks 1 3/16 M (S) Meydan Racecourse Ihtimal (50) Feedyah (20) Mensoora (10) Magrooma (5)
Santa Ysabel 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Awesome Baby (50) Artemis (20) Swiss Lake Yodeler (10) Saintly Joan (5)
Honeybee 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Euphrosyne (50) Sugar Shock (20) Please Explain (10) Kiss Moon (5)
Bourbonette Oaks 1 M (S) Turfway Park Aurelia's Belle (50) Sloane Square (20) Katie's Eyes (10) La Mejor Fiesta (5)
Sunland Park Oaks 1 1/16 M Sunland Park Awesome Baby (50) Empress of Midway (DH-15) Lucky for You (DH-15) D'ya Knowwhatimean (5)
Second Leg of Series            
Fair Grounds Oaks 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Untapable (100) Fiftyshadesofgold (40) Unbridled Forever (20) Mary Rita (10)
Gulfstream Park Oaks 1 1/8 M Gulfstream Park In Tune (100) House Rules (40) America (20) Camille Claudel (10)
Ashland 1 1/16 M (S) Keeneland Room Service (DH-70) Rosalind (DH-70) Thank You Marylou (20) Testa Rossi (10)
Santa Anita Oaks 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Fashion Plate (100) Ria Antonia (40) Bajan (20) Honey Ride (10)
Gazelle 1 1/8 M Aqueduct My Miss Sophia (100) Got Lucky (40) Sweet Reason (20) Vero Amore (10)
Fantasy 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Sugar Shock (100) Kiss Moon (40) Euphrosyne (20) Stopchargingmaria (10)
"Wild Card"            
Beaumont 7 F (S) Keeneland Ready to Act (10) Sweet Whiskey (4) Katie's Eyes (2) Richies Party Girl (1)
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