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  after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). He makes his final Derby prep on Saturday.  (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.


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
10/1/16 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  Taprit
3/11/17 San Felipe  Mastery
3/18/17 Rebel  Malagacy
3/25/17 UAE Derby  Thunder Snow
3/25/17 Spiral  Fast and Accurate
3/26/17 Sunland Derby  Hence
4/1/17 Florida Derby  Always Dreaming
4/1/17 Louisiana Derby  Girvin
4/8/17 Wood Memorial  Irish War Cry
4/8/17 Blue Grass  Irap
4/8/17 Santa Anita Derby  Gormley
4/15/17 Arkansas Derby  
4/15/17 Lexington  


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