The Prep Races

The 145th running of the $2 million dollar, Grade I  Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday, May 4, 2019 and for the seventh consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies for America’s greatest race.  Each year 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run Run For The Roses.  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.

In 2017, Churchill Downs introduced the “Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby” to provide a potential entry into the race for a horse based in Japan.  This past season, a path was developed for European horsemen who might want to throw their hat into The Derby ring.  It was this European road that introduced GRONKOWSKI to American  horse racing.

Here then is a list of the qualifying races.  As you will see, some of the races have already taken place.

RACE TRACK DATE POINTS
Iroquois America Churchill Downs Sep 15, 2018 10-4-2-1
American Pharoah America Santa Anita Park Sep 29, 2018 10-4-2-1
Juddmonte Royal Lodge Europe Newmarket Sep 29, 2018 10-4-2-1
Juddmonte Beresford Europe Naas Sep 30, 2018 10-4-2-1
Champagne America Belmont Park Oct 6, 2018 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity America Keeneland Oct 6, 2018 10-4-2-1
Prix du Jean Luc Lagardere Europe Longchamp Oct 7, 2018 10-4-2-1
Vertem Futurity Trophy Europe Doncaster Oct 27, 2018 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile America Churchill Downs Nov 2, 2018 20-8-4-2
Kentucky Jockey Club America Churchill Downs Nov 24, 2018 10-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho Japan Tokyo Racecourse Nov 24, 2018 10-4-2-1
Remsen America Aqueduct Dec 1, 2018 10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity America Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 8, 2018 10-4-2-1
Springboard Mile America Remington Park Dec 16, 2018 10-4-2-1
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Japan Kawasaki Dec 19, 2018 20-8-4-2
Jerome America Aqueduct Jan 1, 2019 10-4-2-1
Sham America Santa Anita Park Jan 5, 2019 10-4-2-1
Lecomte America Fair Grounds Jan 19, 2019 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones America Oaklawn Park Jan 25, 2019 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis America Santa Anita Park Feb 2, 2019 10-4-2-1
Withers America Aqueduct Feb 2, 2019 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull America Gulfstream Park Feb 2, 2019 10-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis America Tampa Bay Downs Feb 9, 2019 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby America Golden Gate Fields Feb 16, 2019 10-4-2-1
Risen Star America Fair Grounds Feb 16, 2019 50-20-10-5
Hyacinth Stakes Japan Tokyo Racecourse Feb 17, 2019 30-12-6-3
Southwest America Oaklawn Park Feb 18, 2019 10-4-2-1
Patton Stakes Europe Dundalk Mar 1, 2019 20-8-4-2
Fountain of Youth America Gulfstream Park Mar 2, 2019 50-20-10-5
Road to the Derby Condition Stakes Europe Kempton Park Mar 6, 2019 20-8-4-2
Gotham America Aqueduct Mar 9, 2019 50-20-10-5
San Felipe America Santa Anita Park Mar 9, 2019 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby America Tampa Bay Downs Mar 9, 2019 50-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks America Turfway Park Mar 9, 2019 20-8-4-2
Rebel America Oaklawn Park Mar 16, 2019 50-20-10-5
Louisiana Derby America Fair Grounds Mar 23, 2019 100-40-20-10
Sunland Derby America Sunland Park Mar 24, 2019 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby America Meydan Racecourse Mar 30, 2019 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby America Gulfstream Park Mar 30, 2019 100-40-20-10
Fukuryu Stakes Japan Nakayama Mar 31, 2019 40-16-8-4
Wood Memorial America Aqueduct Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass America Keeneland Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby America Santa Anita Park Apr 6, 2019 100-40-20-10
Cardinal Condition Stakes Europe Chelmsford city Apr 11, 2019 30-12-6-3
Lexington America Keeneland Apr 13, 2019 20-8-4-2
Arkansas America Oaklawn Park Apr 13, 2019 100-40-20-10

It’s never too early to look ahead, and rest assured the Daily Racing Blog will feature and try to decipher the big upcoming races here in the states.  So stay tuned.

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