Thursday, June 14 2012


Revamped Kentucky Derby Qualifying System Positions Louisiana Derby in Top Tier of Prep Races


NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, June 14, 2012) – A revamped points-based qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby announced today includes the Louisiana Derby in the highest tier of prep races for the world’s most famous horse race. Under the new rules, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will earn their way to the Kentucky Derby by amassing points in select stakes events. The $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII), the signature event at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, is one of only seven races that will offer the maximum 170 points.

Since 1986, Churchill Downs had determined the Kentucky Derby field based on a horse’s career earnings in graded stakes.





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