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.
Girvin sits atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 150. The colt won the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) in his last two starts.
Thunder Snow is second in the points standing with 100. The colt won the UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan Race Course in his last start.
There are three points races coming up on Saturday—the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct, Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland and the Santa Anita Derby (G1).
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Road to Kentucky Derby Points Schedule
|9/17/16||Iroquois||Not This Time|
|10/8/16||Breeders’ Futurity||Classic Empire|
|11/5/16||BC Juvenile||Classic Empire|
|11/19/16||Delta Downs Jackpot||Gunnevera|
|11/26/16||Kentucky Jockey Club||McCraken|
|11/26/16||Cattleya Sho||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)|
|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|
Kentucky Derby Championship Series
|3/4/17||Fountain of Youth||Gunnevera|
|3/4/17||Gotham||J Boys Echo|
|3/11/17||Tampa Bay Derby||Taprit|
|3/25/17||UAE Derby||Thunder Snow|
|3/25/17||Spiral||Fast and Accurate|
|4/1/17||Florida Derby||Always Dreaming|
|4/8/17||Wood Memorial||Irish War Cry|
|4/8/17||Santa Anita Derby||Gormley|
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