2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby Set

2019 Kentucky Derby logo

Churchill Downs has announced the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby, and it starts Saturday with the Iroquois Stakes.

No changes were made to the main road for U.S. races. However, officials tweaked the European Road to the Derby a bit: The Cardinal Condition Stakes will replace Newcastle’s Burradon as the final race in the European series.

Officials also added a fourth race to the Japanese Road to the Derby. The final race will now be the Fukuyru at Nakayama Racecourse and will award 40 points to the winner, 16 points to the runner up. They also raised the point value for the Dec. 19 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun at Kawasaki Racecourse to 20-8-4-2.

The Championship Series, which consists of 16 races that usually determine the North American horses that will run in the Derby, remained unchanged. The series begins Feb. 16 with the Risen Star Stakes and ends April 13 with the Arkansas Derby.

A maximum of 20 horses are usually chosen for the Kentucky Derby, and that can include one from Japan and one from Europe. The 18 North American horses with the most points will be eligible to enter. Twenty horses have raced in the Derby each year since 2004.

2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby

 Derby Prep Season

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st  2nd 3rd  4th 
Sept. 15 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Sept. 29 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 6 Champagne Belmont Park 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Oct. 6 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles 20 8 4 2
Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Dec. 1 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles 10 4 2 1
Dec. 8 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Dec. 16 Springboard mile Remington Park 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Jan. 1 Jerome Aqueduct 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Jan. 5 Sham Santa Anita 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Jan. 12 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
Jan. 25 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Feb. 2 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles 10 4 2 1
Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Feb. 2 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Feb. 9 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1
Feb. 16 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 miles 10 4 2 1
Feb. 18 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles 10 4 2 1

Derby Championship Series

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st  2nd  3rd  4th 
Feb. 16 Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/16 miles 50 20 10 5
March 2 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles 50 20 10 5
March 9 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles 50 20 10 5
March 9 Gotham Aqueduct 1 mile 50 20 10 5
March 9 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles 50 20 10 5
March 16 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 miles 20 8 4 2
March 16 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles 50 20 10 5
March 23 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10
March 24 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 miles 50 20 10 5
March 30 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 miles 100 40 20 10
March 30 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10
April 6 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10
April 6 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10
April 6 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10
April 13 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 miles 20 8 4 2
April 13 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 miles 100 40 20 10

 

2019 European Road to the Kentucky Derby

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st  2nd  3rd  4th 
Sept. 29 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Newmarket, GB 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Sept. 30 Juddmonte Beresford Naas, Ireland 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Oct. 7 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Chantilly, France 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Oct. 27 October Trophy Doncaster, GB 1 mile 10 4 2 1
March 6 Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Kempton Park,  GB 1 mile 20 8 4 2
March 8 Patton Listed Dundalk, Ireland 1 mile 20 8 4 2
April 11 Cardinal Condition Stakes Chelmsford City, GB 1 mile 30 12 6 3

 

2019 Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st  2nd  3rd  4th 
Nov. 24 Cattleya Sho Tokyo Racecourse 1 mile 10 4 2 1
Dec. 19 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki Racecourse 1 mile 20 8 4 2
Feb. 17 Hyacinth Tokyo Racecourse 1 mile 30 12 6 3
March 31 Fukuyru Nakayama Racecourse 1 1/8 miles 40 16 8 4

Peter Lee

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