Road To The Derby

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2019 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 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4th!

 


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 145th running of the Kentucky Derby!

 

Road to the Derby Prep Races

 

Date Race Racetrack Distance
19-Jan Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards
25-Jan Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 Mile
2-Feb Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles
2-Feb Withers Aqueduct 1 1/16 Miles
2-Feb Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles
9-Feb Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles
16-Feb El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 Miles (S)
18-Feb Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles
Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)
Date Race Racetrack Distance
16-Feb Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles
2-Mar Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles
9-Mar Gotham Aqueduct 1 1/16 Miles
9-Mar San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles
9-Mar Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles
9-Mar Jeff Ruby Steaks (Spiral) Turfway Park 1 1/8 Miles (S)
16-Mar Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles
23-Mar Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles
24-Mar Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles
30-Mar UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles
30-Mar Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles
6-Apr Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles
6-Apr Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles
6-Apr Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles
13-Apr Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles
13-Apr Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles

Road to the Derby Current Standings

(Updated as of April 18th, 2019)

Rank Horse Trainer Points
1 Tacitus Bill Mott 150
2 Omaha Beach Richard Mandella 138
3 Vekoma George Weaver 110
4 Plus Que Parfait Brendan Walsh 104
5 Roadster Bob Baffert 100
6 By My Standards Bret Calhoun 100
7 Maximum Security Jason Servis 100
8 Game Winner Bob Baffert 85
9 Code of Honor Shug McGaughey 74
10 Haikal Kiaran McLaughlin 70
11 Improbable Bob Baffert 65
12 War of Will Mark Casse 60
13 Long Range Toddy Steve Asmussen 54
14 Tax Danny Gargan 52
15 Cutting Humor Todd Pletcher 50
16 Win Win Win Mike Trombetta 50
17 Country House Bill Mott 50
18 Gray Magician Peter Miller 41
19 Spinoff Todd Pletcher 40
20 Master Fencer (JPN) Koichi Tsunoda Japan Road to Derby
21 Bodexpress Gustavo Delgado 40
22 Signalman Kenny McPeek 38
23 Anothertwistafate Blaine Wright 38
24 Sueno Keith Desormeaux 32
25 Bourbon War Mark Hennig 31
26 Instagrand Jerry Hollendorfer 30
27 Mucho Gusto Bob Baffert 24
28 Knicks Go Ben Colebrook 20
29 Owendale Brad Cox 20
30 Outshine Todd Pletcher 20


Japan/European Road to the Derby

 

Japan Road to the Derby 

The Japan Road to the Derby consists of four designated prep races in Japan & only the top horse earns an entry to the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

 

Date Race Racetrack Distance
24-Nov Cattleya Sho Tokyo Racecourse 1 Mile
19-Dec Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki Racecourse 1 Mile
17-Feb Hyacinth Tokyo Racecourse 1 Mile
31-Mar +Fukuryu Stakes Nakayama 1 Mile

 

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.

 

Date Race Racetrack Distance
29-Sep Juddmonte Royal Lodge Newmarket (GB) 1 Mile (T)
30-Sep Juddmonte Beresford Naas (Ire) 1 Mile (T)
7-Oct Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Chantilly (Fr) 1 Mile (T)
27-Oct October Trophy Doncaster (GB) 1 Mile (T)
6-Mar Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition S. Kempton Park (GB) 1 Mile (S)
8-Mar Patton (Listed) Dundalk (Ire) 1 Mile (S)
11-Apr Cardinal Condition Stakes Chelmsford City (GB) 1 Mile (S)

Note: Scheduled dates subject to change.

 


Kentucky Derby Future Pools 

 

The traditional Kentucky Derby & Oaks Future Wagers are an opportunity for fans to bet early in the racing season on horses whom they think have the potential to earn a spot in the starting gate and go on to win the Kentucky Derby & Oaks races. Future Wager bets typically offer larger payouts than betting the same horse on race day because it is not yet known which horses will ultimately qualify to run in the Derby & Oaks.

Wager on the Derby with Winners & MyWinners & don’t miss your WIN BIG moment!

 

Kentucky Derby – Pool 1 (CLOSED)

November 22-25, 2018

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Derby – Pool 2 (CLOSED)

Available on February 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Derby – Pool 3 (CLOSED)

Available on March 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Oaks Pool (CLOSED)

Available on March 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double Future Wager (CLOSED)

Available on March 8-10, 2019

The $1 minimum bet requires fans to correctly select the winners of both the May 3rd Longines Kentucky Oaks and May 4th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI).

Fields from Pool 1 of Oaks Future Wager & Pool 3 of Derby Future Wager will comprise the options for this new wager.

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Kentucky Derby – Pool 4 (CLOSED)

Available on April 5-7, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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