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About the Road to the Kentucky Derby


Road To The Kentucky Derby

The 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be run Saturday, May 2, 2015, and for the third consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.  A total of 35 races will be included in the 2014-2015 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series.  

The series includes 16 significant events 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 4 finishers in each of the 35 races, to determine preference for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field.

2014-15 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

35 Races (16 Championship Series Races) – Note: Race dates and distances are subject to change by host track.

 

Kentucky Derby Prep Season 

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Sept. 6

Iroquois

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Sept. 27

FrontRunner

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Oct. 4

Champagne

Belmont Park

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Oct. 4

Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles (S)

10

4

2

1

Oct. 5

Grey

Woodbine

1 1/16 Miles (S)

10

4

2

1

Nov. 1

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Nov. 22

Delta Downs Jackpot

Delta Downs

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Nov. 29

Remsen

Aqueduct

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Nov. 29

Kentucky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Dec.
20 

Los Alamitos Futurity

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Jan. 3

Jerome

Aqueduct

1 Mile 70 Yards

10

4

2

1

Jan. 10

Sham

Santa Anita

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Jan. 17

Lecomte

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

10

4

2

1

Jan. 19

Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Jan. 24

Holy Bull

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Feb. 7

Robert B. Lewis

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Jan. 31

Withers

Aqueduct

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Feb. 14

El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate

1 1/8 Miles (S)

10

4

2

1

Feb. 16

Southwest

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

 Kentucky Derby Championship Series 

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Feb. 21

Fountain of Youth

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

Feb. 21

Risen Star

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

Feb. 28

Gotham

Aqueduct

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 7

Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 7

San Felipe

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 14

Rebel

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 21

Spiral

Turfway Park

1 1/8 Miles (S)

50

20

10

5

March 22

Sunland Derby

Sunland Park

1 1/8 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 28

Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

March 28

Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

March 28

UAE Derby

Meydan Racecourse

1 3/16 Miles (S)

100

40

20

10

April 4

Wood Memorial

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 4

Santa Anita Derby

Santa Anita

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 11

Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 11

Blue Grass

Keeneland

1 1/8 Miles (S)

100

40

20

10

April 18

Lexington

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles (S)

10

4

2

1

 

2014-15 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

31 Races (14 Championship Series Races) – Note: Race dates and distances are subject to change by host track.

 Kentucky Oaks Prep Season 

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Sept. 6

Pocahontas

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Sept. 27

Chandelier

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Oct. 3

Alcibiades

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Oct. 4

Frizette

Belmont Park

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Oct. 5

Mazarine

Woodbine

1 1/16 Miles (S)

10

4

2

1

Nov. 1

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Nov. 22

Delta Downs Princess

Delta Downs

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Nov. 29

Demoiselle

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

10

4

2

1

Nov. 29

Golden Rod

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Dec. 13

Starlet

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Jan. 3

Busanda

Aqueduct

1 Mile 70 Yards

10

4

2

1

Jan. 3

Santa Ynez

Santa Anita

6 ½ Furlongs

10

4

2

1

Jan. 17

Silverbulletday

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

10

4

2

1

Jan. 24

Forward Gal

Gulfstream Park

7 Furlongs

10

4

2

1

Jan. 31

Busher

Aqueduct

1 1/16 Miles

10

4

2

1

Jan. 31

Las Virgenes

Santa Anita

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

Jan. 31

Martha Washington

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

10

4

2

1

 Kentucky Oaks Championship Series 

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Feb. 21

Davona Dale

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

Feb. 21

Rachel Alexandra

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

Feb. 26

UAE Oaks

Meydan Racecourse

1 3/16 Miles (S)

50

20

10

5

Feb. 28

Santa Ysabel

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 7

Honeybee

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 21

Bourbonette Oaks

Turfway Park

1 Mile (S)

50

20

10

5

March 22

Sunland Park Oaks

Sunland Park

1 1/16 Miles

50

20

10

5

March 28

Fair Grounds Oaks

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

100

40

20

10

March 28

Gulfstream Park Oaks

Gulfstream Park

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 4

Ashland

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles (S)

100

40

20

10

April 4

Santa Anita Oaks

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 4

Gazelle

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 4

Fantasy

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

100

40

20

10

April 12

Beaumont

Keeneland

7 Furlongs (S)

10

4

2

1

 

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014 and has two more racing meets in 2013: the first Homecoming Meet scheduled for Sept. 6-29 and its Fall Meet, which runs from Oct. 27-Nov. 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times.