Prep Season Schedule

As we previously wrote, it was in 2013 that the Kentucky Derby prep races were officially bundled under the banner of The Road To The Kentucky Derby. Otherwise referred to (fondly) as the Derby Trail.

The introduction of the prep series has led to a much easier guideline for both horsemen and horse racing fans. The Derby Trail also allows for more focused promotion of hopefuls targeting the Triple Crown.

Here in America there are two major groups of races that make up the Derby Trail; The first is the Kentucky Derby Prep Season which features 21 races.

Second is the Kentucky Derby Championship Series which offers 16 point-awarding races.

The Prep Season began with the Iroquois Stakes in mid-September and runs through the John Battaglia Memorial in early March, most of the initial prep events award 10-4-3-2-1 points to the first five finishers respectively.

As we said on Wednesday, this year Churchill Downs will start awarding 20-8-6-4-2 points to the top five finishers at select Prep races.

Listed below is the 2022-23 Kentucky Derby Prep Season schedule.

DateRacetrack Points
Sep 17, 2022Iroquois Churchill Downs| 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Oct 1, 2022ChampagneAqueduct | 1 Mile10-4-3-2-1
Oct 8, 2022Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland | 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Oct 8, 2022American PharoahSanta Anita | 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Nov 4, 2022Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Keeneland | 1 1/16 Miles30-12-9-6-3
Nov 26, 2022Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs | 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Dec 3, 2022RemsenAqueduct | 1 1/8 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Dec 17, 2022Los Alamitos FuturityLos Alamitos | 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Dec 17, 2022Springboard Mile Remington Park| 1 Mile10-4-3-2-1
Dec 26, 2022Gun RunnerFair Grounds | 1 1/16 Miles10-4-3-2-1
Jan 1, 2023Smarty JonesOaklawn Park | 1 Mile10-4-3-2-1
Jan 7, 2023JeromeAqueduct | 1 Mile10-4-3-2-1
Jan 8, 2023Sham StakesSanta Anita | 1 Mile10-4-3-2-1
Jan 21, 2023LecomteFair Grounds | 1 1/16 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Jan 28, 2023SouthwestOaklawn Park | 1 1/16 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Feb 4, 2023Holy BullGulfstream Park | 1 1/16 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Feb 4, 2023WithersAqueduct | 1 1/8 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Feb 4, 2023Robert B. LewisSanta Anita | 1 1/16 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Feb 11, 2023Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs | 1 1/16 Miles20-8-6-4-2
Feb 11, 2023El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate Fields| 1 1/8 Miles (AW)10-4-3-2-1
Mar 4, 2023John Battaglia MemorialTurfway Park | 1 1/16 Miles (AW)20-8-6-4-2

Next week we will take a look at the Championship Prep schedule, where the stakes get higher in both purses and points.

Until then, best of luck if you play the Jerome and/or the Sham Stakes this weekend.

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