Road to the Kentucky Derby

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby /ˈdɜrbi/ is a points system which features 34 stakes races for 2 and 3-year-old thoroughbreds. The point system replaces the previous system which consisted of about 185 graded stakes races worldwide. The series is divided into two phases, the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. The prep season consists of 17 races on dirt or synthetic surfaces over distances of at least one mile that typically are run between late September and late February. Points are awarded to the top 4 finishers in each race on a 10-4-2-1 scale. The championship season consists of two legs and a "wild card" round. The first leg includes eight races with a 50-20-10-5 scale. The second leg includes seven races with a 100-40-20-10 scale. The "wild card" consists of one race and has a 10-4-2-1 scale.[1]

The top 20 point earners can earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate if at least 20 horses enter the race. Up to 24 horses may enter the race and four horses can be listed as “also eligible” and would be ranked in order accordingly in case any horse(s) be scratched prior to the race. If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker to get into the race will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether or not they are graded. In the event of a tie, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other. If an owner wants a filly to run in the race, she is eligible, but she’ll have to earn points in the same races as the colts and geldings.[2][3] Horses listed as "also eligible" are not allowed to participate in the race once wagering is opened.[4]

History[edit]

The Road to the Kentucky Derby point system was created to establish a clear, practical and understandable path to the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, according to the official website of Churchill Downs. The previous system determining the entrants to the Kentucky Derby was too confusing for the general public, based on a poll conducted by Churchill Downs which showed 83% of respondents stating they did not understand how horses became starters for the race. As a result, graded stakes earnings criteria, which was used since 1986, was replaced by the points system.[2][3][5] In 2013, the series consisted of 36 races but has since been reduced to 34.[1][6] A nomination entry fee is required to be paid for eligibility. For 2013, horses born in 2010 were eligible and the fee was $600 which was to be paid by Jan. 26, 2013. However, a late entry fee of $6000 could have paid by March 23, 2013 to gain eligibility for nomination. In addition, owners were required to pay $25,000 to enter the Derby by May 1, 2013, and an additional $25,000 to start. If there were less than 24 nominees entered, a horse could be supplemented for $200,000.[7]

2013 season[edit]

Main article: 2013 Kentucky Derby

The 2013 season consisted of 36 races, 19 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 17 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season.[2][3][5]

2014 season[edit]

Main article: 2014 Kentucky Derby

The 2014 season consisted of 34 races, 17 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 17 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season.[2][3][5][6][47]

Standings[edit]

Rank Horse Points Owner Trainer Earnings References
1 California Chrome 150 Steven Coburn and Perry Martin Art Sherman $782,250 [47]
2 Vicar's in Trouble 120 Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Michael Maker $760,000 [47]
3 Dance With Fate 108 Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing Peter Eurton $600,000 [47]
4 Wicked Strong 102 Centennial Farms James Jerkens $640,000 [47]
--- Toast of New York 100 Michael Buckley Jamie Osborne $1,200,000 [47]
5 Samraat 100 My Meadowview Farm Richard Violette Jr. $650,000 [47]
6 Danza 100 S. Alesia, Bran Jam Stable or Ciaglia Racing, LLC Peter Eurton $620,000 [47]
--- Constitution 100 Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC & WinStar Farms LLC Todd Pletcher $600,000 [47]
7 Hoppertunity 95 Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman Bob Baffert $576,000 [47]
8 Intense Holiday 93 Starlight Racing (Jack & Laurie Wolf & Donald & Barbara Lucarelli) Todd Pletcher $527,500 [47]
9 Wildcat Red 90 Honors Stable Corp. (Salvatore Delfino) Jose Garrofalo $665,000 [47]
10 We Miss Artie 60 Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Todd Pletcher $544,000 [47]
11 Ride On Curlin 55 Daniel J. Dougherty William Gowan $354,387 [47]
12 Chitu 54 Tanma Corp Bob Baffert $440,000 [47]
13 Tapiture 52 Ron Winchell Steven Asmussen $470,738 [47]
--- Midnight Hawk 52 Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. Bob Baffert $420,000 [47]
---- Ring Weekend 50 St. Elias Stable & West Point Thoroughbreds H. Graham Motion $260,000 [47]
--- Asmar-IRE 40 Fawzi Abdulla Nass Fawzi Abdulla Nass $557,500 [47]
14 General a Rod 40 J. Armando Rodriguez Michael J. Maker $240,000 [47]
15 Medal Count 40 Spendthrift Farm Dale Romans $226,500 [47]
--- Albano 34 Brereton C. Jones J. Larry Jones $190,000 [47]
16 Candy Boy 30 C R K Stable John Sadler $380,000 [47]
--- Cairo Prince 24 Godolphin, Namcook Stables, Braverman, Clarke, and Robertson Kiaran McLaughlin $520,000 [48]
17 Uncle Sigh 24 Wounded Warrior Stables and Anthony C. Robertson Gary Contessa $180,000 [47]
--- Emirates Flyer-GB 20 Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Saeed bin Suroor $381,691 [47]
18 Vinceremos 20 WinStar Farms & Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC Todd Pletcher $191,666 [47]
19 Harry's Holiday 20 Skychai Racing LLC, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner Michael Maker $152,622 [47]
20 Commanding Curve 20 West Point Thoroughbreds (Terry Finley et al.) Dallas Stewart $104,000 [47]
21 Pablo Del Monte 20 Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Wesley Ward Wesley Ward $102,000 [47]
--- Bayern 20 Kaleem Shah Bob Baffert $100,000 [47]
--- Social Inclusion 20 Rontos Racing Stable Corp Manny Azpurua $100,000 [47]
--- Havana 14 Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith Todd Pletcher $660,000 [47]
--- Honor Code 14 Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm Shug McGaughey $340,000 [47]
22 Big Bazinga 14 Derby Dreamers Racing Stable (Robert S. Bates) Katerina Vassilieva $92,149 [47]
--- Kristo 14 Hronis Racing LLC John Sadler $76,000 [47]
23 Coastline 13 John C. Oxley Mark Casse $131,346 [47]
--- Tamarando 12 Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams Jerry Hollendorfer $495,000 [47]
24 Strong Mandate 11 Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack D. Wayne Lukas $479,166 [47]
--- Bond Holder 11 Reddam Racing Doug O'Neill $333,000 [47]
--- Ami's Holiday 11 Ivan Dalos Josie Carroll $146,145 [47]
--- New Year's Day 10 Gary and Mary West Bob Baffert $1,100,000 [47]
--- Rise Up 10 Paul and Andrena Van Doren Tom Amoss $786,633 [47]
--- Giovanni Boldini 10 Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Adian O'Brien $345,678 [47]
--- Mr Speaker 10 Phipps Stable Shug McGaughey III $210,000 [47]
25 In Trouble 10 Team D Tony Dutrow $190,000 [47]
26 Noble Moon 10 Treadway Racing Stable Leah Gyarmati $149,000 [47]
27 Cleburne 10 Donegal Racing Dale Romans $127,044 [47]
--- Tanzanite Cat 10 James L. and Ywachetta H. Driver Code Autrey $111,000 [47]
28 Commissioner 10 WinStar Farm LLC Todd Pletcher $110,667 [47]
--- Dublin Up 10 Donegal Raing Peter Miller $60,000 [47]
29 Schivarelli 10 Pike Place Racing & Homewrecker Racing LLC Eddie Kenneally $40,000 [47]
--- Top Billing 10 W.S. Farish & E.J. Hudson Jr. Shug McGaughey $40,000 [47]
--- Surfing U S A 10 George Bolton & Stonestreet Stables LLC (Barbara Banke) Todd Pletcher $35,000 [47]
30 Conquest Titan 9 Conquest Stables Mark Casse $210,945 [47]
31 Casiguapo 5 All American Horses Mario Morales $272,717 [47]
--- Rebranded 5 Tony Pennington Justin R. Evans $137,280 [47]
--- Financial Mogul 5 Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence Rick Violette Jr. $95,000 [47]
--- East Hall 5 H. Jack Hendricks & Roger Justice Bill Kaplan $77,550 [47]
--- Classic Giacnroll 5 Lisa Guerrero and Joseph E. Besecker Lisa Guerrero $62,500 [47]
32 Asserting Bear 5 Bear Stables LTD Reade Baker $33,099 [47]
--- Schoolofhardrocks 5 Amerman Racing LLC David Hofmans $18,000 [47]
--- Smarty's Echo 4 Windy Hill Farm Anne Smith $82,000 [47]
--- Walt 4 Black Hawk Stable Chris Hartman $45,857 [47]
--- Laddie Boy 4 Kevin Jacobsen Chuck Peery $45,599 [47]
--- Scotland 4 Harvey A. Clarke Tony Dutrow $40,000 [47]
--- Divine Oath 4 Let's Go Stable Todd Pletcher $40,000 [47]
--- Smart Cover 4 Donegal Racing Dale Romans $38,418 [47]
--- Go Greeley 2 J.R. Racing Stable John Ross $220,601 [47]
--- Enterprising 2 Glen Hill Farms (Jerry Crawford et al.) Tom Proctor $91,100 [47]
--- Roman Unbridled 2 Michelle Y. Brown Chad Cook $113,000 [47]
--- Rankhasprivileges 2 Magdalena Racing Kenneth McPeek $100,250 [47]
--- Ontology 2 Reddam Racing Simon Callaghan $77,250 [47]
--- Arctic Slope 2 Shortleaf Stable Kenneth McPeek $47,252 [47]
--- Gold Hawk 2 Winchell Thoroughbreds Steven Asmussen $38,000 [47]
--- Supermonic 2 Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Wellman) Todd Pletcher $20,000 [47]
--- Awesome Sky 2 John C. Oxley Mark Casse $16,819 [47]
--- Can the Man 1 Kaleem Shah Bob Baffert $110,000 [47]
--- Diamond Bachelor 1 Diamond 100 Racing Club LLC, et al. Patrick Biancone $92,000 [47]
--- Matuszak 1 George J. Prussin William Mott $22,667 [47]
--- Rum Point 1 Reddam Racing Doug O'Neill $30,250 [47]
--- Almost Famous 1 Chuck and Maribeth Sandford Patrick Byrne $28,579 [47]
--- Puppy Manners 1 Jerry Hollendorfer, William E. Myers Jr., & George Todaro Jerry Hollendorfer $18,250 [47]
--- Son of a Preacher 1 Terra Di Sienna Stables Bret Calhoun $11,500 [47]
--- Buck Magic 1 Katherine Ball Ben Colebrook $8,410 [47]
--- I'll Wrap It Up 1 Daniel Kramer Doug O'Neill $6,000 [47]
  • Entrants for Kentucky Derby in blue
  • "Also eligible" for Kentucky Derby in green
  • Sidelined/Inactive/No longer under Derby Consideration/Not Triple Crown nominated in gray[49]
  • Winner of Kentucky Derby in bold

Prep season[edit]

Note: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point

Race Distance Surface Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Iroquois 1-1/16 miles Dirt $150,000 Churchill Downs Sep 7 2013 Cleburne Smart Cover Tapiture Ride On Curlin [50]
FrontRunner 1-1/16 miles Dirt $250,000 Santa Anita Sep 28 2013 Bond Holder Dance With Fate Tamarando Can the Man [51]
Breeders' Futurity 1-1/16 miles Synthetic $400,000 Keeneland Oct 5 2013 We Miss Artie Smarty's Echo Arctic Slope Rum Point [52]
Champagne 1-mile Dirt $400,000 Belmont Oct 5 2013 Havana Honor Code Ride On Curlin Casiguapo [53]
Grey 1-1/16 miles Synthetic $229,677 Woodbine Oct 6 2013 Ami's Holiday Big Bazinga Go Greeley Give No Quarter[nb 1] [54]
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1-1/16 miles Dirt $2,000,000 Santa Anita Nov 2 2013 New Year's Day Havana Strong Mandate Bond Holder [55]
Delta Downs Jackpot 1-1/16 miles Dirt $1,000,000 Delta Downs Nov 23 2013 Rise Up Casiguapo Rankhasprivileges Roman Unbridled [56]
Remsen 1-1/8 miles Dirt $250,000 Aqueduct Nov 30 2013 Honor Code Cairo Prince Wicked Strong Intense Holiday [57]
Kentucky Jockey Club 1-1/16 miles Dirt $177,150 Churchill Downs Nov 30 2013 Tapiture Laddie Boy Awesome Sky Buck Magic [58]
Jerome 1-mile 70 yards Dirt $200,000 Aqueduct Jan 4 2014 Noble Moon Classic Giacnroll Scotland Matuszak [59]
Sham 1-mile Dirt $100,000 Santa Anita Jan 11 2014 Midnight Hawk Kristo Ontology I'll Wrap It Up [60]
Lecomte 1-mile 70 yards Dirt $200,000 Fair Grounds Jan 18 2014 Vicar's in Trouble Albano Gold Hawk Roman Unbridled [61]
Smarty Jones 1-mile Dirt $150,000 Oaklawn Jan 20 2014 Tanzanite Cat Walt Coastline Son of a Preacher [62]
Holy Bull 1-mile Dirt $400,000 Gulfstream Jan 25 2014 Cairo Prince Conquest Titan Intense Holiday Almost Famous [63]
Withers 1-1/16 miles Dirt $200,000 Aqueduct Feb 1 2014 Samraat Uncle Sigh Scotland Classic Giacnroll [64]
Robert B. Lewis 1-1/16 miles Dirt $200,000 Santa Anita Feb 8 2014 Candy Boy Chitu Midnight Hawk Diamond Bachelor [65]
El Camino Real Derby 1-1/8 miles Synthetic $200,000 Golden Gate Feb 15 2014 Tamarando Dance With Fate Enterprising Puppy Manners [66]
Southwest 1-1/16 miles Dirt $300,000 Oaklawn Feb 17 2014 Tapiture Strong Mandate Ride On Curlin Coastline [67]

Championship series[edit]

First leg of series

Note: 1st=50 points; 2nd=20 points; 3rd=10 points; 4th=5 points

Race Distance Surface Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Fountain of Youth 1-1/16 miles Dirt $400,000 Gulfstream Feb 22 2014 Wildcat Red General a Rod Top Billing East Hall [68]
Risen Star 1-1/16 miles Dirt $400,000 Fair Grounds Feb 22 2014 Intense Holiday Albano Vicar's In Trouble Hoppertunity [69]
Gotham 1-1/16 miles Dirt $400,000 Aqueduct Mar 1 2014 Samraat Uncle Sigh In Trouble Financial Mogul [70]
Tampa Bay Derby 1-1/16 miles Dirt $350,000 Tampa Bay Downs Mar 8 2014 Ring Weekend Vinceremos Surfing U S A Conquest Titan [71]
San Felipe 1-1/16 miles Dirt $300,000 Santa Anita Mar 8 2014 California Chrome Midnight Hawk Kristo Schoolofhardrocks [72]
Rebel 1-1/16 miles Dirt $600,000 Oaklawn Mar 15 2014 Hoppertunity Tapiture Ride On Curlin Strong Mandate [73]
Spiral 1-1/8 miles Synthetic $550,000 Turfway Mar 22 2014 We Miss Artie Harry's Holiday Coastline Asserting Bear [74]
Sunland Derby 1-1/8 miles Dirt $800,000 Sunland Mar 23 2014 Chitu Midnight Hawk Commissioner Rebranded [75]
Second leg of series

Note: 1st=100 points; 2nd=40 points; 3rd=20 points; 4th=10 points

Race Distance Surface Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Florida Derby 1-1/8 miles Dirt $1,000,000 Gulfstream Mar 29 2014 Constitution Wildcat Red General a Rod Cairo Prince [76]
Louisiana Derby 1-1/8 miles Dirt $1,000,000 Fair Grounds Mar 29 2014 Vicar's in Trouble Intense Holiday Commanding Curve Albano [77]
UAE Derby 1-3/16 miles Synthetic $2,000,000 Meydan Mar 29 2014 Toast of New York Asmar Emirates Flyer Giovanni Boldini [78]
Wood Memorial 1-1/8 miles Dirt $1,000,000 Aqueduct Apr 5 2014 Wicked Strong Samraat Strong Inclusion Schivarelli [79]
Santa Anita Derby 1-1/8 miles Dirt $750,000 Santa Anita Apr 5 2014 California Chrome Hoppertunity Candy Boy Dublin Up [80]
Arkansas Derby 1-1/8 miles Dirt $1,000,000 Oaklawn Park Apr 12 2014 Danza Ride On Curlin Bayern Tapiture [81]
Blue Grass 1-1/8 miles Synthetic $750,000 Keeneland Apr 12 2014 Dance With Fate Medal Count Pablo Del Monte Big Bazinga [82]
"Wild Card"

Note: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 points

Race Distance Surface Grade Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Ref
Lexington 1-1/16 miles Synthetic $200,000 Keeneland Apr 19 2014 Mr Speaker Divine Oath Supermonic Ami's Holiday [83]
Notes
  1. ^ Give No Quarter did not finish the race and was awarded no points.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Churchill Downs changes 2014 Kentucky Derby 'Road' map
  2. ^ a b c d Churchill Downs Refines 'Road to the Kentucky Derby', Oaks with Point System
  3. ^ a b c d Road to Kentucky Derby will be less complex in 2013
  4. ^ "Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby". The Associated Press. Yahoo. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c The New Road To The Kentucky Derby
  6. ^ a b 2013-14 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY
  7. ^ Road to the Kentucky Derby Point Standings Mar. 16, 2013
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Road to the Kentucky Derby 2013 USA Today
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Road to the Kentucky Derby 2013 Horse-races.net
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct Road to the Kentucky Derby 2013 Daily Racing Form
  11. ^ Recap: Royal Lodge Stakes 2012
  12. ^ Video: FrontRunner Stakes 2012
  13. ^ Video: Breeders' Futurity 2012
  14. ^ Video: Champaigne Stakes 2012
  15. ^ Recap: Grey Stakes 2012
  16. ^ Video: Breeder's Cup Juvenile 2012
  17. ^ Video: Delta Downs Jackpot 2012
  18. ^ Video: Remsen Stakes 2012
  19. ^ Video: Kentucky Jockey Club 2012
  20. ^ Video: CashCall Futurity 2012
  21. ^ Video: Sham Stakes 2013
  22. ^ Video: Lecomte Stakes 2013
  23. ^ Video: Smarty Jones Stakes 2013
  24. ^ Video: Holy Bull Stakes 2013
  25. ^ Video: Robert B Lewis Stakes 2013
  26. ^ Video: Sam F Davis Stakes 2013
  27. ^ Video: Withers Stakes 2013
  28. ^ Video: El Camino Real Derby 2013
  29. ^ Video: Southwest Stakes 2013
  30. ^ Video: Fountain of Youth 2013
  31. ^ Video: Risen Star Stakes 2013
  32. ^ Video: Gotham Stakes 2013
  33. ^ Video: Tampa Bay Derby 2013
  34. ^ Video: San Felipe Stakes 2013
  35. ^ Video: Rebel Stakes 2013
  36. ^ Video: Spiral Stakes 2013
  37. ^ Video: Sunland Derby 2013
  38. ^ Video: Florida Derby 2013
  39. ^ Video: Louisiana Derby 2013
  40. ^ Video: UAE Derby 2013
  41. ^ Video: Wood Memorial 2013
  42. ^ Video: Santa Anita Derby 2013
  43. ^ Video: Arkansas Derby 2013
  44. ^ Video: Blue Grass Stakes 2013
  45. ^ Video: Lexington Stakes 2013
  46. ^ Recap: Derby Trial 2013
  47. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg Kentucky Derby 2014 points standings April 19, 2014
  48. ^ Cairo Prince out of the Kentucky Derby
  49. ^ [1]
  50. ^ Churchill Downs: Romans-trained longshots 1-2 in Iroquois
  51. ^ FrontRunner Stakes: Bond Holder wins maiden in Grade 1 race
  52. ^ We Miss Artie Authoritative Futurity Winner
  53. ^ Havana Denies Surging Honor Code In Champagne
  54. ^ Woodbine: Ami's Holiday rallies to win Grey Stakes
  55. ^ Breeders' Cup Juvenile: New Year's Day benefits from Garcia's patient ride
  56. ^ Rise Up wins Delta Downs Jackpot
  57. ^ Aqueduct: Honor Code comes back on to nail Cairo Prince on wire in Remsen
  58. ^ Churchill Downs: Tapiture pulls away for maiden win in Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
  59. ^ Noble Moon Shines Brightest in Frigid Jerome
  60. ^ Midnight Hawk Soars Over Kristo
  61. ^ Lecomte No Problem for Vicar's in Trouble
  62. ^ Tanzanite Cat has enough to win Smarty Jones Stakes
  63. ^ Cairo Prince Real Deal in Holy Bull Stakes
  64. ^ Samraat Prevails in NY-Bred Withers War
  65. ^ Candy Boy Impressive Taking Robert Lewis Stakes
  66. ^ Pinch-Hitting Tamrando Takes El Camino Real
  67. ^ Tapiture strides on in Southwest
  68. ^ Wildcat Red Claws Out Fountain Of Youth Win
  69. ^ Intense Holiday Charges To Risen Star Victory
  70. ^ Samraat Edges Uncle Sigh In Gotham Thriller
  71. ^ Ring Weekend Springs Tampa Bay Derby Upset
  72. ^ California Chrome Shines Again In San Felipe
  73. ^ Hoppertunity gives Baffert another Rebel win
  74. ^ We Miss Artie Runs Huge In Spiral
  75. ^ Baffert Grabs Another Sunland
  76. ^ Constitution Edges Wildcat Red in FL Derby
  77. ^ Vicar's In Trouble Wins $1 million Louisiana Derby
  78. ^ Toast of New York Easy UAE Derby Winner
  79. ^ Wicked Strong Charges To Wood Memorial Score
  80. ^ California Chrome Shines Again In SA Derby
  81. ^ Danza Dominates In Arkansas Derby Shocker
  82. ^ Dance With Fate Wins The Blue Grass True To Form
  83. ^ Mr Speaker Takes Down Coolmore Lexington

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