We’re just over nine weeks from the first Saturday in May, and the road to the Kentucky Derby gets really busy beginning Saturday. Spanning three continents, with dozens of races, the road is long, winding, and fast, but the end result will be worth it for those lucky enough to make the starting gate at Churchill Downs.
Read on for the scoop on this year’s Kentucky Derby points races by the numbers.
2 – The number of Kentucky Derby spots reserved for the top points earners from the Japanese and European Road to the KD qualifiers. Each gets one spot, if they choose to run.
7 – 2019 is the seventh year that a points system has decided the horses in the Kentucky Derby.
15 – The number of tracks holding a prep race for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on the traditional Road to the Derby, including 14 in the U.S. and one in the United Arab Emirates. Seven more tracks host races on the European Road and three host on the Japan Road to the Derby.
20 – The maximum number of horses that will enter the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
23 – The total number of cities that host a race on the 2019 Road to the Derby, including New York, Miami, and Los Angeles in the U.S. and Tokyo, London, and Dubai abroad.
29 – The minimum number of points required to run in last year’s Derby.
35 – Number of races on the traditional (North American) Road to the Kentucky Derby this year. The European Road has seven additional points races, while the Japan Road has four more.
80 – Total number of horses who earned points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
210 – The 2019 Kentucky Derby Prep-Races span 210 days from the Iroquois Stakes on Sept. 15, 2018, through the Lexington Stakes and Arkansas Derby on April 13, 2019.
2,193 – The total number of Derby qualifying points available via the main 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
22,500 – This year’s Derby hopefuls were among approximately 22,500 foals born in North America in 2016. Just 20 can run in the Kentucky Derby.
117,792 – Total fans in attendance at three of last year’s 100-point races: the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, and Arkansas Derby.
$125,784,383 – Total dollars bet on five of the seven major Derby Prep-Race cards in 2018: the Florida Derby, the Wood Memorial Stakes, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby, and Arkansas Derby.
Be sure to check back with the Daily Racing Blog on Wednesday as we will begin to take a look this weeks featured Prep-Race, the Fountain Of Youth Stakes which will be run Saturday at Gulfstream Park.