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Road to the Kentucky Derby

Points Earning Races

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The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated April 02, 2013

2013 marks the first year of the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" points system that replaces the old graded stakes earnings list as a way to determine which horses get to enter the Kentucky Derby. A parallel system will be used for the Kentucky Oaks, which also used graded earnings in the past.

Here is a list of the races and how many points each will earn. We have just entered the first part of the Championship Series which has the races that earn the most points and thus will have the biggest impact on who can get in the race. Expect to see the lists shake up a lot over the next month and a half.

Also be sure to check out the list of top Kentucky Derby contenders.

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Kentucky Derby Prep Season

Race Distance Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Royal Lodge 1 M (T) Newmarket England 10 4 2 1
Norfolk 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Futurity 1 1/16 M Keeneland Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Champagne 1 M Belmont New York 10 4 2 1
Grey 1 1/16 M Woodbine Canada 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Delta Downs Jackpot 1 1/16 M Delta Downs Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Remsen 1 1/8 M Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Kentucky Jockey Club 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
CashCall Futurity 1 1/16 M Hollywood Park California 10 4 2 1
Sham 1 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Smarty Jones 1 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1
Lecomte 1 M 70 Y Fair Grounds Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Holy Bull 1 M Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
Robert B. Lewis 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Sam F. Davis 1 1/16 M Tampa Bay Downs Florida 10 4 2 1
Withers 1 1/16 M Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
El Camino Real Derby 1 1/8 M Golden Gate California 10 4 2 1
Southwest 1 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1

Kentucky Derby Championship Series
Race Distance Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series              
Risen Star 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Louisiana 50 20 10 5
Fountain of Youth 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park Florida 50 20 10 5
Gotham 1 1/16 M Aqueduct New York 50 20 10 5
Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16 M Tampa Bay Downs Florida 50 20 10 5
San Felipe 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 50 20 10 5
Rebel 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 50 20 10 5
Spiral 1 1/8 M Turfway Park Kentucky 50 20 10 5
Sunland Derby 1 1/8 M Sunland Park New Mexico 50 20 10 5
Second Leg of Series              
Florida Derby 1 1/8 M Gulfstream Park Florida 100 40 20 10
UAE Derby 1 3/16 M Meydan Racecourse Dubai 100 40 20 10
Louisiana Derby 1 1/8 M Fair Grounds Louisiana 100 40 20 10
Wood Memorial 1 1/8 M Aqueduct New York 100 40 20 10
Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8 M Santa Anita California 100 40 20 10
Arkansas Derby 1 1/8 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 100 40 20 10
Blue Grass 1 1/8 M Keeneland Kentucky 100 40 20 10
"Wild Card"              
Lexington 1 1/16 M Keeneland Kentucky 20 8 4 2
The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial 1 M Churchill Downs Kentucky 20 8 4 2

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

Kentucky Oaks Prep Season

Race Distance Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Fillies' Mile 1 M (T) Newmarket England 10 4 2 1
Oak Leaf 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Alcibiades 1 1/16 M Keeneland Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Frizette 1 M Belmont New York 10 4 2 1
Mazarine 1 1/16 M Woodbine Canada 10 4 2 1
Pocahontas 1 M Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Delta Downs Princess 1 M Delta Downs Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Demoiselle 1 1/8 M Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Golden Rod 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Hollywood Starlet 1 1/16 M Hollywood Park California 10 4 2 1
Old Hat 6 F Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
Busanda 1 M Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Santa Ynez 6 1/2 F Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Silverbulletday 1 M 70 Y Fair Grounds Louisiana 10 4 2 1
California Oaks 1 1/16 M Golden Gate California 10 4 2 1
Santa Ysabel 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 10 4 2 1
Forward Gal 7 F Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
UAE 1000 Guineas 1 M Meydan Race Course Dubai 10 4 2 1
Martha Washington 1 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1

Kentucky Oaks Championship Series
Race Distance Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series              
UAE Oaks 1 3/16 M Meydan Racecourse Dubai 50 20 10 5
Davona Dale 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park Florida 50 20 10 5
Rachel Alexandra 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Louisiana 50 20 10 5
Las Virgenes 1 M Santa Anita California 50 20 10 5
Honeybee 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 50 20 10 5
Cicada 6 F Aqueduct New York 50 20 10 5
Bourbonette Oaks 1 M Turfway Park Kentucky 50 20 10 5
Sunland Park Oaks 1 1/16 M Sunland Park New Mexico 50 20 10 5
Second Leg of Series              
Fair Grounds Oaks 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds Louisiana 100 40 20 10
Gulfstream Oaks 1 1/8 M Gulfstream Park Florida 100 40 20 10
Santa Anita Oaks 1 1/16 M Santa Anita California 100 40 20 10
Ashland 1 1/16 M Keeneland Kentucky 100 40 20 10
Comely 1 M Aqueduct New York 100 40 20 10
Fantasy 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park Arkansas 100 40 20 10
"Wild Card"              
Beaumont 7 F Keeneland Kentucky 20 8 4 2
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