Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is in full swing. (photo courtesy of Churchill Downs)

The 144th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) will be run Saturday, May 5, 2018 and for the sixth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.

Each year 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run in the Kentucky Derby. To earn a spot in the starting gate, they 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.

A year ago, Churchill Downs introduced the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby” to provide a potential entry in the Kentucky Derby for a horse based in Japan. This year, a path is being extended to European horsemen as well.

For the latest Kentucky Derby future odds go to US Racing.

 

Kentucky Derby Prep Season

Date Race Track Winner 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
9/16/17 Iroquois Churchill Downs The Tabulator 10 4 2 1
9/30/17 FrontRunner Santa Anita Bolt d’Oro 10 4 2 1
10/7/17 Champagne Belmont Firenze Fire 10 4 2 1
10/7/17 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Free Drop Billy 10 4 2 1
11/4/17 BC Juvenile Del Mar Good Magic 20 8 4 2
11/25/17 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Enticed 10 4 2 1
12/2/17 Remsen Aqueduct Catholic Boy 10 4 2 1
12/9/17 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos McKinzie 10 4 2 1
12/17/17 Springboard Mile  Remington Park Greyvitos 10 4 2 1
1/6/18 Sham Santa Anita McKinzie 10 4 2 1
1/13/18 Lecomte Fair Grounds Instilled Regard 10 4 2 1
1/13/18 Jerome Aqueduct Firenze Fire 10 4 2 1
1/15/18 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Mourinho 10 4 2 1
2/3/18 Withers Aqueduct 10 4 2 1
2/3/18 Holy Bull Gulfstream 10 4 2 1
2/3/18 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 10 4 2 1
2/10/18 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 10 4 2 1
2/17/18 Risen Star Fair Grounds 50 20 10 5
2/17/18 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 10 4 2 1
2/19/18 Southwest Oaklawn Park 10 4 2 1

 

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

Date Race Track Winner 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
3/3/18 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 Gotham Aqueduct 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 San Felipe Santa Anita 50 20 10 5
3/17/18 Rebel Oaklawn 50 20 10 5
3/17/18 Spiral Turfway Park 20 8 4 2
3/24/18 Louisiana Derby      Fair Grounds 100 40 20 10
3/25/18 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 50 20 10 5
3/31/18 UAE Derby Meydan 100 40 20 10
3/31/18 Florida Derby Gulfstream 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Blue Grass Keeneland 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 100 40 20 10
4/14/18 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 100 40 20 10
4/14/18 Lexington Keeneland 20 8 4 2

 

European Road To The Kentucky Derby

Date Race Track Winner 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
9/24/17 Juddmonte Beresford Nass (IRE) Saxon Warrior 10 4 2 1
9/30/17 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Newmarket (GB) Roaring Lion 10 4 2 1
10/1/17 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Chantilly (FR) Happily (IRE) 10 4 2 1
10/28/17 Racing Post Trophy Doncaster (GB) Saxon Warrior (JPN) 10 4 2 1
3/1/18 Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Kempton Park (GB) 20 8 4 2
3/2/18 Patton (Listed) Dundalk (IRE) 20 8 4 2
3/20/18 Burradon  Newcastle (GB) 30 12 6 3

 

Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Date Race Track Winner 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
11/25/17 Cattleya Sho Tokyo Ruggero 10 4 2 1
12/13/17 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki Le Vent Se Leve 10 4 2 1
2/? /18 Hyacinth Tokyo 30 12 6 3

 

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