THE ROAD TO KENTUCKY

The Road to the Kentucky Derby will begin September 14 at Churchill Downs, with the Iroquois for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

This is the eighth year Churchill is using a point system to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. The series is unchanged from last year with 35 scheduled races.

The 19-race Prep-Season races awards points worth 10-4-2-1 to the top four placings. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is worth 20-8-4-2.

The 16-race Championship-Series races offer 50-20-10-5 points and the prep races with greatest significance are worth 100-40-20-10.

The series also offers one spot for a horse from Europe and Japan.

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks consists of 30 races, 15 Prep-Season races and 15 Championship-Series races.

2019-20 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Kentucky Derby Prep-Season races

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Sept. 14 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Sept. 27 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 5 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 5 Champagne Belmont Park 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (20) (8) (4) (2)
Nov. 30 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 2019 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 2019 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 15 Springboard Mile Remington Park 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 2020 Jerome Aqueduct 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 2020 Sham Santa Anita 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 2020 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 24 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 Miles (AW) (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 17 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)

Kentucky Derby Championship-Series races

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Feb. 2020 Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Gotham Aqueduct 1 Mile (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 Miles (AW) (20) (8) (4) (2)
March 14 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
March 2020 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 28 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
March 2020 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles (20) (8) (4) (2)
April 11 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)

EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Sept. 28 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Newmarket (GB) 1 Mile (T) (10) (4) (2) (1)
Sept. 29 Beresford Curragh (Ire) 1 Mile (T) (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 6 Qatar Prix Jean-LucLagardère Longchamp (Fr) 1 Mile (T) (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 26 Vertem Futurity Trophy Doncaster (GB) 1 Mile (T) (10) (4) (2) (1)
March 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Kempton Park (GB) 1 Mile (AW) (20) (8) (4) (2)
March 2020 Patton (Listed) Dundalk (Ire) 1 Mile (AW) (20) (8) (4) (2)
April 2020 Cardinal Condition Stakes Chelmsford City (GB) 1 Mile (AW) (30) (12) (6) (3)

JAPANESE ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Nov. 23 Cattleya Sho Tokyo Racecourse 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 18 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki Racecourse 1 Mile (20) (8) (4) (2)
TBA 2020 Hyacinth Tokyo Racecourse 1 Mile (30) (12) (6) (3)
TBA 2020 Fukuryu Nakayama Racecourse 1 1/8 Miles (40) (16) (8) (4)

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS

Kentucky Oaks Prep-Season races

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Sept. 14 Pocahontas Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Sept. 27 Chandelier Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 4 Alcibiades Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Oct. 6 Frizette Belmont Park 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Nov. 1 BC Juvenile Fillies Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (20) (8) (4) (2)
Nov. 30 Golden Rod Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 2019 Demoiselle Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Dec. 2019 Starlet Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 2020 Santa Ynez Santa Anita 7 Furlongs (10) (4) (2) (1)
Jan. 2020 Silverbulletday Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Forward Gal Gulfstream Park 7 Furlongs (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 1 Martha Washington Oaklawn Park 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Busanda Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Suncoast Tampa Bay Downs 1 Mile 40 Yards (10) (4) (2) (1)
Feb. 2020 Las Virgenes Santa Anita 1 Mile (10) (4) (2) (1)

Kentucky Oaks Championship-Series races)

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Feb. 2020 Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
Feb. 2020 UAE Oaks Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Davona Dale Gulfstream Park 1 Mile (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Busher Invitational Aqueduct 1 Mile (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Bourbonette Oaks Turfway Park 1 Mile (AW) (20) (8) (4) (2)
March 7 Honeybee Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Santa Ysabel Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
March 2020 Sunland Park Oaks Sunland Park 1 1/16 Miles (50) (20) (10) (5)
March 2020 Gulfstream Park Oaks Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Santa Anita Oaks Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Gazelle Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Ashland Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)
April 2020 Beaumont Keeneland 7 Furlongs (10) (4) (2) (1)
April 10 Fantasy Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles (100) (40) (20) (10)

Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (AW) = Synthetic … Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

-HRI Staff

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