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 March 25th, 2019)


# Horse Points Trainer
1 By My Standards 100 W. Calhoun
2 War of Will 60 Mark Casse
3 Code of Honor 54 Claude McGaughey III
4 Long Range Toddy 54 Steven Asmussen
5 Cutting Humor 50 Todd Pletcher
6 Haikal 50 Kiaran McLaughlin
7 Tacitus 50 William Mott
8 Game Winner 45 Bob Baffert
9 Spinoff 40 Todd Pletcher
10 Omaha Beach 38 Richard Mandella
11 Mind Control 30 Gregory Sacco
12 Anothertwistafate 30 Blaine Wright
13 Country House 30 William Mott
14 Sueno 28 J. Desormeaux
15 Improbable 25 Bob Baffert
16 Mucho Gusto 24 Bob Baffert
17 Gunmetal Gray 22 Jerry Hollendorfer
18 Bourbon War 21 Mark Hennig
19 Somelikeithotbrown 20 Michael Maker
20 Outshine 20 Todd Pletcher
21 Knicks Go 18 Ben Colebrook
22 Signalman 18 Kenneth McPeek
23 Maximus Mischief 12 Robert Reid, Jr.
24 Tax 12 Danny Gargan
25 Super Steed 10 J. Jones
26 Gray Attempt 10 William Fires
27 Harvey Wallbanger 10 Kenneth McPeek
28 Well Defined 10 Kathleen O’Connell
29 Instagrand 10 Jerry Hollendorfer
30 Vekoma 10 George Weaver
31 Win Win Win 10 Michael Trombetta
32 Cairo Cat 10 Kenneth McPeek
33 Roiland 10 Thomas Amoss
34 Hog Creek Hustle 9 Vickie Foley
35 Galilean 8 Jerry Hollendorfer
36 Market King 8 D. Lukas
37 Much Better 7 Bob Baffert
38 Our Braintrust 6 Mark Casse
39 Wicked Indeed 6 Steven Asmussen
40 Extra Hope 6 Richard Mandella
41 Zenden 5 Victor Barboza, Jr.
42 Hidden Scroll 5 William Mott
43 Bankit 4 Steven Asmussen
44 Network Effect 4 Chad Brown
45 Everfast 4 Dale Romans
46 Not That Brady 4 Rudy Rodriguez
47 Plus Que Parfait 4 Brendan Walsh
48 Kentucky Wildcat 4 Thomas Albertrani
49 Moonster 4 Dale Romans
50 Kingly 4 Bob Baffert


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

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Kentucky Derby – Pool 2 

Available on February 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Derby – Pool 3 

Available on March 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Oaks Pool 

Available on March 8-10, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double Future Wager 

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.

Double Probables

Kentucky Derby – Pool 4

Available on April 5-7, 2019

Final Odds & Will Pays

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