Road to the 2015 Kentucky Derby Schedule

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red is at odds of 12-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

The 2014-2015 Road to the Kentucky Derby series of races is in place for the third year by Churchill Downs, a tiered point system that will determine who competes in the Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 2.

The series includes 16 races that comprise the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” which takes place over the 10 weeks that precede the first Saturday in May.  A sliding scale of points will be awarded to the top four finishers in each of the 35 races, to determine preference for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field.

Nine races on the series have been run, with the Todd Pletcher trained Carpe Diem the current points leader with 14. The colt earned 10 points for his win in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 4 and four points for his runner up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

The colt is currently at early betting odd of +1200 at BetOnline.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red has 12 points, 10 for his win and two points for his third place finish in the Frontrunner (G1) at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.  The son of Afleet Alex is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent. The colt is listed at +1200 in early Kentucky Derby odds at BetOnline.

The next points race coming up is the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), a race formerly known as the Hollywood (1981-2006) and CashCall (2007-13) Futurity when it was run at Betfair Hollywood Park, which is now closed.  The race will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos Race Course. The race produced six Kentucky Derby winners during its run at Hollywood Park.

2014-2015 Road to the Kentucky Derby Series

Sept. 6, 2014 Iroquois Churchill Downs 10-4-2-1
Sept. 27, 2014 FrontRunner Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
Oct. 4, 2014 Champagne Belmont Park 10-4-2-1
Oct. 4, 2014 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 10-4-2-1
Oct. 5, 2014 Grey Woodbine 10-4-2-1
Nov. 1, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
November 22, 2014 Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs 10-4-2-1
Nov. 29, 2014 Remsen Aqueduct 10-4-2-1
Nov. 29, 2014 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 10-4-2-1
Dec. 20, 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 10-4-2-1
Jan. 3, 2015 Jerome Aqueduct 10-4-2-1
Jan. 10, 2015 Sham Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
Jan. 17, 2015 Lecomte Fair Grounds 10-4-2-1
Jan. 19, 2015 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 10-4-2-1
Jan. 24, 2015 Holly Bull Gulfstream Park 10-4-2-1
Jan. 31, 2015 Withers Aqueduct 10-4-2-1
Feb. 7, 2015 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
Feb. 14, 2015 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 10-4-2-1
February 16, 2015 Southwest Oaklawn Park 10-4-2-1
Feb. 21, 2015 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 50-20-10-5
Feb. 21, 2015 Risen Star Fair Grounds 50-20-10-5
Feb. 28, 2015 Gotham Aqueduct 50-20-10-5
March 7, 2015 San Felipe Santa Anita Park 50-20-10-5
Mar. 7, 2015 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay 50-20-10-5
Mar. 14, 2015 Rebel Oaklawn Park 50-20-10-5
Mar. 21, 2015 Spiral Turfway Park 50-20-10-5
Mar. 22, 2015 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 50-20-10-5
Mar. 28, 2015 UAE Derby Meydan 100-40-20-10
Mar. 28, 2015 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 100-40-20-10
Mar. 28, 2015 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 100-40-20-10
Apr. 4, 2015 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 100-40-20-10
Apr. 4, 2015 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park 100-40-20-10
Apr. 4, 2015 Blue Grass Keeneland 100-40-20-10
Apr. 11, 2015 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 100-40-20-10
Apr. 18, 2015 Lexington Keeneland 10-4-2-1


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