Churchill Downs Announces 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby

Four months after Country House (where is he?) won the Kentucky Derby by disqualification, the road to the 2020 Derby will start at the same racetrack.

The Iroquois Stakes, held at Churchill Downs on Sept. 14, will award a paltry 10 points to the winner, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th places receiving 4, 2 and 1 point, respectively.

That race is followed by the American Pharoah Stakes Sept. 27, the Champagne Stakes and Breeders’ Futurity on Oct. 5, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1.

The 2019 races, nine in all, should give us a fuzzy glimpse of who might become the best 3-year-olds in the nation. It will definitely tell us who the Champion 2-Year-Old Horse will be. 

The Derby picture won’t start getting clearer until late February, when winners receive 50 points toward the Derby, and late March, when the winners get 100 points.

The 18 horses with the highest total of points usually get invitations to the Kentucky Derby. Once again, there will be a European and Japanese Road  as well, and the winners of those contests may join the 18 to bring the total to 20.

Below is the full schedule, which will be updated weekly on The Way to Churchill Downs:

Race Track Date Points
Awarded
Iroquois Churchill Downs September 14, 2019 10-4-2-1
American Pharoah Santa Anita Park September 27, 2019 10-4-2-1
Champagne Belmont Park October 5, 2019 10-4-2-1
Breeders Futurity Keeneland October 5, 2019 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park November 1, 2019 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs November 30, 2019 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct December 1, 2019 10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course December 7, 2019 10-4-2-1
Springboard Mile Remington Park December 15, 2019 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct January 1, 2020 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park January 4, 2020 10-4-2-1
Lecomte Fair Grounds January 18, 2020 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park January 24, 2020 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park February 1, 2020 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct February 1, 2020 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park February 1, 2020 10-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs February 9, 2020 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields February 15, 2020 10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds February 15, 2020 50-20-10-5
Southwest Oaklawn Park February 17, 2020 Sunland Derby Sunland Park February 21, 2020 50-20-10-5
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park February 29, 2020 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs March 7, 2020 50-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park March 7, 2020 20-8-4-2
San Felipe Santa Anita Park March 7, 2020 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park March 14, 2020 50-20-10-5
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds March 21, 2020 100-40-20-10
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse March 28, 2020 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park March 28, 2020 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct April 4, 2020 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland April 4, 2020 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita  Santa Anita Park April 4, 2020 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland April 11, 2020 30-8-4-2
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park April 11, 2020 100-40-2-10

Peter Lee

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