2016-17 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS LEADERBOARD & SCHEDULE OF RACES
HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY OAKS STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Oaks is a 30-race series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 14 point earners nominated to the Longines Kentucky Oaks will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 143rd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on Friday, May 5, 2017. The 1 1/8-mile Oaks is the nation’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.
TIEBREAKERS – If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lifetime earnings. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”).
DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a
dead-heat (tie) in a “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” race, those horses will divide
equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
ROAD TO THE
KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS VS. MALES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby
she can, but she’ll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points
against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings.
Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby”
series against open company will be credited to her point total in the “Road to
the Kentucky Oaks” series.
– In the event a “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” race is split into divisions and
each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be
awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is
halved for each division, points will be halved as well.
NOMINATIONS – Fillies born in 2014
can be made eligible to run in the 2017 Longines Kentucky Oaks with a $200
early payment due by Feb. 18, 2017. A late period for nominations at $1,500
each will close Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A supplemental nomination of $30,000
may be made at the time of entry. In addition to the Oaks nomination fee,
owners must pay $5,000 to enter the Oaks by 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 2, 2017,
and an additional $5,000 to start.
– The Longines Kentucky Oaks post position draw – a traditional “pill pull” in
which horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to
determine what stall a horse will break from the starting gate – will be held
in The Parlay Media Briefing Room on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. ET. Up to
18 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as “also eligible”
and would be ranked in order accordingly; they could draw into the field should
any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9 a.m.
PRIZE MONEY – The Kentucky Oaks
winner will receive a silver trophy plus an estimated $564,200 payday. A total
of $182,000 will be awarded to the runner-up, $91,000 to third, $45,500 to
fourth; $27,300 to fifth; and $10,000 each to sixth through last.
BACKGROUND – Churchill Downs
abandoned the graded stakes earnings criteria for the 2013 Longines Kentucky
Oaks (used from 1986-2012) and proactively adopted a tiered point system to
determine which horses would have preference for the 1 1/8-mile race. Today, a
sliding scale of points is awarded to the Top 4 finishers in select races, and
at the series’ end, the Top 14 point earners nominated to the Longines Kentucky
Oaks get first crack to start in the Kentucky Derby’s sister race.