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Kentucky Derby Road Schedule, Points


Races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby


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Road to the Kentucky Derby Races -- Points Details
Road to the Kentucky Derby Summary


Starting in 2013, 3-year-old horses first became eligible to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate using a points system. Before that, priority was given to horses with the most graded stakes earnings.

Once early nominations to the Triple Crown are released, usually in late January, horses not nominated do not appear on the leaderboard for Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The deadline for late nominations to the 2017 Triple Crown is March 20, 2017. Horses with potential points made eligible at that time are awarded said points retroactively, just as graded stakes earnings were in the previous eligibility system. Starting in 2014, horses not nominated to the Triple Crown that are supplemented with a payment of $200,000 are on the same footing as early nominees. If such a horse has sufficient points, such a horse will make the Kentucky Derby field. Previously, nominated horses had preference over supplemented horses.

In 2016, Mo Tom had the fewest Derby points with 32. He finished eighth.

In 2015, Frammento was the last horse to get into the Derby, and he had 20 points. He finished 11th.

In 2014, Vinceremos, Harry's Holiday and Commanding Curve each had the lowest point total with 20. Commanding Curve was the last of the three to make the field due to the tiebreaker rule, earnings in non-restricted stakes races. Commanding Curve blew up the tote board with a second-place finish. Harry's Holiday finished 16th, and Vinceremos finished 17th.

In 2013, the last horse to make the Kentucky Derby field was Giant Finish with 10 points. He outran his points to finish 10th, beaten 13 1/4 lengths.

In 2012, the horse with the lowest amount of graded earnings in the Kentucky Derby was Optimizer with $184,708.  In 2011, it was Derby Kitten, with $120,000. In 2010, it was Make Music for Me, with $218,750. In 2009, Nowhere to Hide had $55,500; in 2008, Denis of Cork had $165,000;  and in 2007, Imawildandcrazyguy had $104,000.

Other Rules According to Churchill Downs

Up to 24 horses may enter the Kentucky Derby, with 20 qualifying for the starting gate. Up to four horses will be listed as “also eligible” and ranked in order. They could draw into the field with scratches from the top 20.

If two or more horses have the same number of points, which can often be the case whenever a point system is introduced, the tiebreaker to get into the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether they are graded or not. It the tiebreaker is tied, the backup tiebreaker is a hat shake.

FILLIES – Fillies may run in the Kentucky Derby, but they have to earn their way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings -- and be nominated to the Triple Crown or supplemented. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series against open company will be credited to her point total in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series.
 
DEAD HEATS – In the event of a dead heat in a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
 
SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.

 
ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY RACES -- POINTS DETAILS

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Date Race 10 Points 4 Points 2 Points 1 Point
Sept. 17 Iroquois Not This Time Lookin at Lee Recruiting Ready Honor Thy Father
Oct. 1 FrontRuner Gormley Klimt Straight Fire Midnight Pleasure
Oct. 8 Champagne Practical Joke Syndergaard Favorable Outcome Big Gray Rocket
Oct. 8 Breeders’ Futurity Classic Empire Lookin at Lee Wild Shot No Dozing
Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile  Classic Empire Not This Time Practical Joke Lookin at Lee
Nov. 19 Delta Downs Jackpot Gunnevera Hot Sean Dangerfield J Boys Echo
Nov. 26 Remsen Mo Town No Dozing Takaful Win With Pride
Nov. 26 Kentucky Jockey Club McCraken Wild Shot Warrior's Club Uncontested
Dec. 10 Los Alamitos Futurity Mastery Irap Dangerfield Bobby Abu Dhabi
Jan. 2 Jerome El Areeb Bonus Points True Timber Win Wiht Pride
Jan. 7 Sham Gormley American Anthem Big Hit Bird Is the Word
Jan. 16 Smarty Jones Uncontested Petrov Rowdy the Warrior Warrior's Club
Jan. 21 LeComte Guest Suite Untrapped Takeoff Arklow
Feb. 4 Holy Bull Irish War Cry Gunnevera Classic Empire Talk Logistics
Feb. 4 Withers El Areeb True Timber J Boys Echo Bonus Points
Feb. 4 Robert B. Lewis Royal Mo Irap Sheer Flattery Term of Art
Feb. 11 Sam F. Davis McCraken Tapwrit State of Honor Wild Shot
Feb. 18 El Camino Real Derby Zakaroff More Power to Him Tribal Storm Ann Arbor Eddie
Feb. 20 Southwest One Liner Petrov Lookin at Lee Silver Dust
           

Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Date Race 50 Points 20 Points 10 Points 5 Points
Feb. 25 Risen Star Girvin Untrapped Local Hero Guest Suite
March 4 Fountain of Youth Gunnevera Practical Joke Three Rules Talk Logistics
March 4 Gotham J Boys Echo Cloud Computing El Areeb Action Everyday
March 11 San Felipe Mastery Iliad Term of Art Gormley
March 11 Tampa Bay Derby Tapwrit State of Honor Wild Shot No Dozing
March 18  Rebel Malagacy Sonneteer Untrapped Petrov
March 25 Spiral Fast and Accurate Blueridge Traveler Convict Pike Kitten's Cat
Mar 26 Sunland Derby Hence Conquest Mo Money Hedge Fund Irap
           
    100 Points 40 Points 20 Points 10 Points
March 25 UAE Derby Thunder Snow Epicharis Master Plan Lancaster Bomber
April 1 Louisiana Derby Girvin Patch Local Hero Hollywood Handsome
April 1 Florida Derby Always Dreaming State of Honor Gunnevera Impressive Edge
April 8 Wood Memorial Irish War Cry Battalion Runner Cloud Computing True Timber
April 8 Santa Anita Derby Gormley Battle of Midway Royal Mo Reach the World
April 8 Blue Grass Irap Practical Joke McCraken J Boys Echo
April 15 Arkansas Derby Classic Empire Conquest Mo Money Lookin at Lee Sonneteer
           
    10 Points 4 Points 2 Points 1 Point
April 15 Lexington Senior Investment West Coast No Dozing Time to Travel

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby (two races)

One position in the Kentucky Derby will be awarded to the horse with the most points in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby”. If the top point-earner declines, the horse with the second-most points may accept. If the second-most point-earner declines, the horse with the third-most points may accept. If that one declines, no other invitation will be extended.

Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho Mont Saint Legame (40) Caucus (16) Blue Eclat (8) Lavapies (4)
Feb. 19 Hyacinth Epicharis (50) Adirato (20) Hypernova (10) Foggy Night (5)

Italics = Not early-nominated to the Triple Crown


 
ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SUMMARY
 
The Kentucky Derby Prep Season includes 19 races on dirt and a couple of synthetic surfaces over distances of at least one mile that are run between September and mid-February. These races traditionally serve as foundation-building races in advance of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each race on a 10-4-2-1 scale.

The Kentucky Derby Championship Series is a three-leg series of 16 races on dirt over distances of at least 1 1/16 mile that are held during a two-month runup to the first Saturday in May.

The first leg has a 50-20-10-5 point scale and includes eight races, most of which feed into the major Kentucky Derby launching pads. There were only seven such races in 2016 after the Sunland Derby wasn't run.

 
The second leg features seven stakes races that are worth 100-40-20-10 points each.

The final leg, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, consists of one race carrying 10-4-2-1 ponts. There were two Wild Card events in 2013 with a 20-8-4-2 point scale.
 
Entries

Up to 24 horses may enter the Kentucky Derby, with 20 qualifying for the starting gate. Up to four horses will be listed as “also eligible” and ranked in order. They could draw into the field with scratches from the top 20.

If two or more horses have the same number of points, which can often be the case whenever a point system is introduced, the tiebreaker to get into the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether they are graded or not. The next tiebreaker is a hat shake.

In the event of a dead-heat in a Road to the Kentucky Derby race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
 

 

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