Road To The Derby

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2018 Road To The Derby

Hopeful thoroughbreds will compete in a series of races at tracks across the country & around the world, to earn a spot in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby!


144th Running of The Kentucky Derby

 Saturday, May 5th – Churchill Downs


How it works 


Horses will compete in a series of designated Derby Prep Races at tracks across the country & around the world.

Only the top 4 finishers in the designated Derby Prep Races are awarded points.

The 20 horses with the most points at the end, will earn a spot in the starting gates for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby!

Upcoming Kentucky Derby Prep Races


Race Track Date Points
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 17, 2018 10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 17, 2018 50-20-10-5
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 19, 2018 10-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Mar 3, 2018 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 10, 2018 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 10, 2018 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 10, 2018 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 17, 2018 50-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park Mar 17, 2018 20-8-4-2
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Mar 24, 2018 100-40-20-10
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 25, 2018 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 31, 2018 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Mar 31, 2018 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 7, 2018 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 7, 2018 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 7, 2018 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 14, 2018 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 14, 2018 20-8-4-2


European & Japan Road To The Derby


Japan Road To The Derby 

The Japan Road To The Derby consists of three designated prep races in Japan & only the top horse earns an entry to the 2018 Kentucky Derby.


European Road To The Derby 

The European Road To The Derby is a seven race, stand-alone series. Similar to the Japan Series, only one invitation to the Kentucky Derby will be given to the top horse.


Road to the KY Derby Condition S. Kempton Park Mar 1, 2018 20-8-4-2
Patton (Listed) Dundalk Mar 2, 2018 20-8-4-2
Burradon Newcastle Mar 30, 2018 30-12-6-3

Note: Scheduled dates subject to change.