Kentucky Derby Prep Races 2012

The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through just about every major track in the U.S., with the top three-year-olds in training attempting to accumulate enough graded stakes earnings to make it into the starting gate for the Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.

Last year Animal Kingdom used the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park as his final prep for the Run for the Roses.

In 2010 Super Saver made his final Kentucky Derby prep with a runner up finish in the Arkansas Derby. Mine That Bird pulled off the huge Derby upset in 2009 after checking in fourth in the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park.

Last year it took $120,000 (Derby Kitten) in graded earnings to assure a starting spot in the gate in Louisville on the first Saturday of May.

In 2011 the last horse to get into the field was Make Music for Me with $218,750 in graded earnings.

This year with several key preps having increased purses, the cutoff may approach the $250,000 mark to assure a spot in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses.

For an update on the graded earnings list for this year’s Kentucky Derby, click here.

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Here is a look at the key prep races for three-year-olds that are looking to make it to Louisville on the first Saturday of May, with the top three finishers in each race:

Jan. 1
Gulfstream Park Derby
Win: Reveron Place: Casual Trick Show: King Kid

Jan. 7
Count Fleet S.
Win: Alpha Place: Stephanoatsee Show: Il Villano

Sham S.
Win: Out of Bounds Place: Secret Circle Show: Longview Drive

Turfway Prevue S.
Win: Mr. Prankster Place: Magical Season Show: Frankie Is Rock

Jan. 21
LeComte S.
Win: Mr. Bowling Place: Z Dager Show: Shared Property

Kitten’s Joy S.
Win: Howe Great Place: Lucky Chappy (IRE) Show: Empire Builder

Jan. 22
San Pedro S.
Win: Midnight Transfer Place: Got Even Show: Let’s Get Crackin

Jan. 29
Holy Bull S.
Win: Algorithms Place: Hansen Show: My Adonis

Feb. 4
Withers S.
Win: Alpha Place: Speightscity Show: Tiger Walk

Sam F. Davis S
Win: Battle Hardened Place: Prospective Show: Reveron

Robert B. Lewis S
Win: I’ll Have Another Place: Empire Way Show: Rousing Sermon

Win: Mr. Prankster Place: Phantom Fury Show: Magical Season

Feb. 11
Hutcheson S
Win: Thunder Moccasin Place: Il Villano Show: Quick Wit

Feb. 18
El Camino Real Derby
Win: Daddy Nose Best Place: Lucky Chappy (IRE) Show: Handsome Mike

Feb. 19
San Vicente S
Win: Drill Place: American Act Show: Creative Cause

Feb. 20
Southwest S
Win: Secret Circle Place: Scatman Show: Adirondack King

Feb. 25
Risen Star S.
Win: El Padrino Place: Mark Valeski Show: Z Dager

Borderland Derby
Win: Isn’t He Clever Place: Zackn’mat Show: Major Hope

Miracle Wood S
Win: The Lumber Guy Place: Brimstone Island Show: Rocky Gap

Turf Paradise Derby
Win: Taylors Deal Place: Makors Finale Show: Born Force

Feb. 26
Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S.
Win: Union Rags Place: News Pending Show: Discreet Dancer

Mar. 3
Gotham S
Win: Hansen Place: My Adonis Show: Finnegans Wake

John Battaglia Memorial S
Win: State of Play Place: Ill Conceived Show: Dynamical

Mar. 10
Fred “Cappy” Capossela S
Win: Hardened Wildcat Place: Beggarthyneighbor Show: How Do I Win

Tampa Bay Derby
Win: Prospective Place: Golden Ticket Show: Cozzetti

San Felipe S
Win: Creative Cause Place: Bodemeister Show: Midnight Transfer

Swale S
Win: Trinniberg Place: Hello Prince Show: Ever So Lucky

Mar. 11
Palm Beach S
Win: Howe Great Place: Dullahan Show: Csaba

Mar. 12
OBS Championship (Colts and Geldings Division) S.
Win: Crafty Unicorn Place: Burn the Mortgage Show: Moon Traveler

Mar. 17
Rebel S
Win: Secret Circle Place: Optimizer Show: Scatman

Private Terms S
Win: Raconteur Place: Hakama Show: Brimstone Island

Mar. 24
Vinery Racing Spiral S.
Win: Went the Day Well Place: Holiday Promise Show: Heavy Breathing

Mar. 25
Sunland Derby
Win: Daddy Nose Best Place: Isn’t He Clever Show: Stirred Up

Mar. 31
Florida Derby
Win: Take Charge Lady Place: Reveron Show: Union Rags

Apr. 1
Louisiana Derby
Win: Hero of Order Place: Mark Valeski Show: Rousing Sermon

Apr. 7
Wood Memorial S
Win: Gemologist Place: Alpha Show: Teeth of the Dog

Santa Anita Derby
Win: I’ll Have Another Place: Creative Cause Show: Blueskiesnrainbows

Illinois Derby
Win: Done Talking Place: Morgan’s Guerrilla Show: Hakama

Bay Shore S
Win: Trinniberg Place: Hardened Wildcat Show: How Do I Win

Apr. 14
Arkansas Derby
Win: Bodemeister Place: Secret Circle Show: Sabercat

Toyota Blue Grass S
Win: Dullahan Place: Hansen Show: Gung Ho

21 Apr
Jerome S.
Coolmore Lexington S

Apr. 28
The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial S

Michael Dempsey provides his selections for major tracks each racing day. Mike’s Best Plays Report is available each weekend, with his strongest plays and selections including the top stakes races.

For the third time in the last five years subscribers using Mike’s Reports had the winner of the Kentucky Derby. In 2011 Mike nailed Animal Kingdom with his top pick, the upset winner paying $43.20 to win, $19.60 to place & $13.00 to show!

In the 2010 Kentucky Derby, Mike hit Super Saver with his top pick, the winner returning $18.00, $8.80, and $6.00.

Street Sense was his top pick in 2007, the winner returning $11.80, $6.40, and $4.60.

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