Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

Road to Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is now complete. (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.

The updated Road to the Kentucky Derby point standings.

 

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 Avery Island 10 4 2 1
2/3/18 Holy Bull Gulfstream  Audible 10 4 2 1
2/3/18 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita  Lombo 10 4 2 1
2/10/18 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs Flameaway 10 4 2 1
2/17/18 Risen Star Fair Grounds Bravazo 50 20 10 5
2/17/18 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Paved 10 4 2 1
2/19/18 Southwest Oaklawn Park My Boy Jack 10 4 2 1

 

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

Date Race Track Winner 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
3/3/18 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Promises Fulfilled 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 Gotham Aqueduct Enticed 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Quip 50 20 10 5
3/10/18 San Felipe Santa Anita Bolt d’Oro 50 20 10 5
3/17/18 Rebel Oaklawn Magnum Moon 50 20 10 5
3/17/18 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park Blended Citizen 20 8 4 2
3/24/18 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Noble Indy 100 40 20 10
3/25/18 Sunland Derby Sunland Park Runaway Ghost 50 20 10 5
3/31/18 UAE Derby Meydan Mendelssohn 100 40 20 10
3/31/18 Florida Derby Gulfstream Audible 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Wood Memorial Aqueduct Vino Rosso 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Blue Grass Keeneland Good Magic 100 40 20 10
4/7/18 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Justify 100 40 20 10
4/14/18 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Magnum Moon 100 40 20 10
4/14/18 Lexington Keeneland  My Boy Jack 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
3/7/18 Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Kempton Park (GB) Gronkowski 20 8 4 2
3/9/18 Patton (Listed) Dundalk (IRE) Mendelssohn 20 8 4 2
3/20/18 Burradon  Newcastle (GB) Gronkowski 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
2/19 /18 Hyacinth Tokyo Sumahama 30 12 6 3

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