Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

Classic Empire sits atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points race after his victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Classic Empire sits atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points race after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is slated for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at historic Churchill Downs, with the Road to the Kentucky Derby points race underway.

There were 10 Road to the Kentucky Derby points races contested in 2016 and 26 more points races to be decided in 2017.

To earn a spot in the starting gate, horses must travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of designated races at tracks across the country and around the world. Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each race. The 20 horses with the most points will earn a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May for the Run for the Roses.

Classic Empire, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion is the current leader in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 32.

He checked in third in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his last outing.

El Areeb is second in the point standings with 20. The colt won the Jerome (G3) and Withers (G3) at Aqueduct in his last two outings.

The next points race is coming up this Saturday. The $400,000 Risen Star (G2) will be contested at Fair Grounds.

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Road to Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

9/17/16 Iroquois Not This Time
10/1/16 FrontRunner Gormley
10/8/16 Champagne Practical Joke
10/8/16 Breeders’ Futurity Classic Empire
11/5/16 BC Juvenile Classic Empire
11/19/16 Delta Downs Jackpot Gunnevera
11/26/16 Remsen Mo Town
11/26/16 Kentucky Jockey Club McCraken
11/26/16 Cattleya Sho Mont Saint Legame (JPN) 
12/10/16 CashCall Futurity Mastery
1/2/17 Jerome El Areeb
1/7/17 Sham Gormley
1/16/17 Smarty Jones Uncontested
1/21/17 Lecomte Guest Suite
2/4/17 Withers  El Areeb
2/4/17 Holy Bull  Irish War Cry
2/4/17 Robert B. Lewis  Royal Mo
2/11/17 Sam F. Davis  McCraken
2/18/17 El Camino Real Deby  Zakaroff
2/20/17 Southwest  Into Mischief

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

2/25/17 Risen Star  Girvin
3/4/17 Fountain of Youth  Gunnevera
3/4/17 Gotham  J Boys Echo
3/11/17 Tampa Bay Derby  
3/11/17 San Felipe  
3/18/17 Rebel  
3/25/17 UAE Derby  
3/25/17 Spiral  
3/26/17 Sunland Derby  
4/1/17 Florida Derby  
4/1/17 Louisiana Derby  
4/8/17 Wood Memorial  
4/8/17 Blue Grass  
4/8/17 Santa Anita Derby  
4/15/17 Arkansas Derby  
4/15/17 Lexington  


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