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2019-20 Road to the Kentucky Derby

mediaFor  the eighth consecutive year, Churchill Downs is using a points-based series of qualifying races to determine invitations to the Kentucky Derby. Over the course of a 19-race Prep Season and a 16-race Championship Series, top jockeys, trainers, and thoroughbreds compete to enter America's most famous horse race.

Last year's format will also again apply to the independent racing series in Japan and Europe to qualify for the Derby. The points leaders from both the 4-race "Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby," and the 7-race "European Road to the Kentucky Derby" will earn invitations to the 146th Run for the Roses.

Find the full schedule and links to race pages for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season, the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, and the European Road to the Kentucky Derby below.
 

2019-20 Kentucky Derby Prep Season - 19 Races

On September 14th, 2019 at the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, the long Road to the Kentucky Derby began. Over the course of 19 races running through mid-February, the greatest thoroughbreds from the U.S. and around the globe competed in a points-based system to qualify for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. With the exception of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (20-8-4-2), all races awarded the 1st through 4th place finishers 10, 4, 2, and 1 point(s) respectively.
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Sept. 14
Churchill Downs
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Dennis' Moment
Sept. 27
Santa Anita
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Eight Rings
Oct. 5
Belmont Park
1 Mile
10-4-2-1
Tiz the Law
Oct. 5
Keeneland
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Maxfield
Nov. 1
Del Mar
1 1/16 Miles
20-8-4-2
Storm The Court
Nov. 30
Churchill Downs
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Silver Prospector
Dec. 7
Aqueduct
1 1/8 Miles
10-4-2-1
Shotski
Dec. 7
Los Alamitos
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Thousand Words
Dec. 15
Remington Park
1 Mile
10-4-2-1
Shoplifted
Jan. 1
Aqueduct
1 Mile 70 Yards
10-4-2-1
Independence Hall
Jan. 4
Santa Anita
1 Mile
10-4-2-1
Authentic
Jan. 18
Fair Grounds
1 Mile 70 Yards
10-4-2-1
Enforceable
Jan. 24
Oaklawn Park
1 Mile
10-4-2-1
Gold Street
Feb. 1
Santa Anita
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Thousand Words
Feb. 1
Aqueduct
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Max Player
Feb. 1
Gulfstream Park
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Tiz the Law
Feb. 9
Tampa Bay Downs
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Sole Volante
Feb. 15
Golden Gate
1 1/8 Miles (S)
10-4-2-1
Azul Coast
Feb. 17
Oaklawn Park
1 1/16 Miles
10-4-2-1
Silver Prospector

2020 Kentucky Derby Championship Series - 16 Races

Recent form is rewarded more generously as the Kentucky Derby Championship Series runs from late February to Mid-April. Most of these qualifying events award points at a 50-20-10-5 or 100-40-20-10 point breakdown to the 1st through 4th place finishers. These 16 races define the bulk of the 2020 Kentucky Derby field, as the weeks countdown to the "Fastest 2 minutes in sports."

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Feb. 15
Fair Grounds
1 1/16 Miles
50-20-10-5
Div I: Mr. Monomoy
Div II: Modernist
Feb. 29
Gulfstream Park
1 1/16 Miles
50-20-10-5
Ete Indien
March 7
Aqueduct
1 1/16 Miles
50-20-10-5
Mischevious Alex
March 7
Santa Anita
1 1/16 Miles
50-20-10-5
Authentic
March 7
Tampa Bay Downs
1 1/16 Miles
50-20-10-5
King Guillermo
March 14
Turfway Park
1 1/8 Miles (S)
20-8-4-2
Field Pass
March 14
Oaklawn Park
1 1/16 Miles
37.5-15-7.5-3.75
Nadal
March 21
Fair Grounds
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
Wells Bayou
March 22
Sunland Park
1 1/8 Miles
50-20-10-5
RACE CANCELLED
March 28
Meydan Racecourse
1 3/16 Miles
100-40-20-10
RACE CANCELLED
March 28
Gulfstream Park
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
Tiz The Law
April 4
Aqueduct
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
RACE POSTPONED
April 4
Keeneland
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
RACE POSTPONED
April 4
Santa Anita
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
RACE POSTPONED
April 11
Keeneland
1 1/16 Miles
20-8-4-2
RACE POSTPONED
May 2
Oaklawn Park
1 1/8 Miles
100-40-20-10
Div. I: Charlatan
Div. II: Nadal

2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby Extended Series

As a result of this year's unprecedented events, Churchill Downs has released a preliminary list of races to be earmarked as an extension to the Road to the Kentucky Derby Series. As a result of this very fluid situation, all races, dates, locations and points are subject to change. 

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May 23rd
Churchill Downs
1 1⁄16 miles
50-20-10-5
Maxfield
June 6th
Santa Anita Park
1 1⁄8 miles
100-40-20-10
Honor A.P.
June 20th
Belmont Park
1 1⁄8 miles
150-60-30-15
Tiz The Law
June 27th
Thistledown Racecourse
1​1⁄8 miles
20-8-4-2
Dean Martini
July 4th
Los Alamitos Race Course
1 1⁄8 miles
20-8-4-2
Uncle Chuck
July 8th
Indiana Grand
​1 1⁄16 miles
20-8-4-2
Shared Sense
July 11th
Keeneland
1 1⁄8 miles
100-40-20-10
TBD
July 18th
Monmouth Park
1 1⁄8 miles
100-40-20-10
TBD
August 1st
Del Mar
1 mile
50-20-10-5
TBD
August 15th
Monmouth Park
1 1⁄16 miles
20-8-4-2
TBD
TBD
Ellis Park
1 mile
50-20-10-5
TBD

2019-20 Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

One position at the starting gate of the 146th Kentucky Derby will be granted to the winner of this year's “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.” This 4-race series is a separate sequence of races, independent from America’s 35-race “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. The series concludes with the 1 1/8-mile Fukuyru on a date to be determined in 2020 at Nakayama Racecourse. That final race awards 40-16-8-4 points to the top four placings, and is likely to be a major factor in determining the winning horse for the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponement of the Kentucky Derby until September, 2 additional races (Unicorn Stakes and Japan Dirt Derby) were added to the 2020 Japan Road to the Derby.

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Nov. 23
Tokyo Racecourse
1 Mile
10-4-2-1
Dieu du Vin
Dec. 18
Kawasaki Racecourse
1 Mile
20-8-4-2
Vacation
Feb. 23
Tokyo Racecourse
1 Mile
30-12-6-3
Cafe Pharoah
Mar. 29
Nakayama Racecourse
1 1/8 Miles
40-16-8-4
Herrschaft
Jun. 21
Unicorn Stakes
Tokyo Racecourse
1,600 meters
40-16-8-4
Cafe Pharoah
Jul. 8
Japan Dirt Derby
Ohi
2,000 meters
40-16-8-4
Danon Pharaoh

2019-20 European Road to the Kentucky Derby

The "European Road to the Kentucky Derby", now in its third year, is a seven race, stand-alone series. The race will follow the same structure as last year, concluding in April of 2020 with the Cardinal Condition Stakes at the Chelmsford City racetrack. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cardinal Condition Stakes has been cancelled and replaced by the Ballysax Stakes for 2020.

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Sept. 28
Newmarket (GB)
1 Mile (T)
10-4-2-1
Royal Dornoch (IRE)
Sept. 29
Naas (Ire)
1 Mile (T)
10-4-2-1
Innisfree (IRE)
Oct. 6
Chantilly (Fr)
1 Mile (T)
10-4-2-1
Victor Ludorum (GB)
Nov. 1
Doncaster (GB)
1 Mile (T)
10-4-2-1
Kameko
Feb. 28
Dundalk (Ire)
1 Mile (S)
20-8-4-2
Crossfirehurricane
Mar. 4
Kempton Park (GB)
1 Mile (S)
20-8-4-2
Chares
Jul. 12
Ballysax
Dundalk (Ire)
1 Mile & 2 furlongs (T)
30-12-6-3
TBD