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Kentucky Derby Prep Races

The Kentucky Derby Prep Races being each year in September and end in April with the goal of qualifying for the the Saturday, May 4th, 2024 Kentucky Derby. With only 20 horses set to take the starting gates under the famous twin spires of Churchill Downs, the road is long. Only the strong will survive.

The "Road to the Kentucky Derby" is rich in history, dating back to the late 1800s. The Kentucky Derby itself started in 1875, but the prep races began gaining importanc in the early 20th century. These races are more than just competitions; they are chapters in the legacy that has shaped the heart and soul of American horse racing.

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Date Race Track Points
December 2, 2023 Remsen Aqueduct 10-5-3-2-1
December 13, 2023 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki 20-10-6-4-2
December 15, 2023 Springboard Mile Remington Park 10-5-3-2-1
December 16, 2023 Los Alamitos Futurity (GII) Los Alamitos 10-5-3-2-1
December 23, 2023 Gun Runner Fair Grounds 10-5-3-2-1
January 1, 2024 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 10-5-3-2-1
January 6, 2024 Jerome Aqueduct 10-5-3-2-1
January 7, 2024 Sham (GIII) Santa Anita Park 10-5-3-2-1
January 20, 2024 Lecomte (GIII) Fair Grounds 20-10-6-4-2
January 27, 2024 Southwest (GIII) Oaklawn Park 20-10-6-4-2
February 3, 2024 Robert B. Lewis (GIII) Santa Anita Park 20-10-6-4-2
February 3, 2024 Holy Bull (GIII) Gulfstream Park 20-10-6-4-2
February 10, 2024 Sam F. Davis (GIII) Tampa Bay Downs 20-10-6-4-2
February 10, 2024 Withers (GIII) Aqueduct 20-10-6-4-2
February 17, 2024 Risen Star (GII) Fair Grounds 50-25-15-10-5
February 18, 2024 Hyacinth Tokyo 30-15-9-6-3
February 24, 2024 Rebel (GII) Oaklawn Park 50-25-15-10-5
March 1, 2024 Patton Dundalk 20-10-6-4-2
March 2, 2024 Fountain of Youth (GII) Gulfstream Park 50-25-15-10-5
March 2, 2024 John Battaglia Memorial Turfway Park 20-10-6-4-2
March 2, 2024 San Felipe (GII) Santa Anita 50-25-15-10-5
March 2, 2024 Gotham (GIII) Aqueduct 50-25-15-10-5
March 9, 2024 Tampa Bay Derby (GII) Tampa Bay Downs 50-25-15-10-5
March 13, 2024 Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes Kempton 20-10-6-4-2
March 23, 2024 Fukuryu Nakayama 40-20-12-8-4
March 23, 2024 Louisiana Derby (GII) Fair Grounds 100-50-25-15-10
March 23, 2024 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) Turfway Park 100-50-25-15-10
March 24, 2024 Sunland Derby (GIII) Sunland Park 20-10-6-4-2
March 30, 2024 UAE Derby (GII) Meydan Racecourse 100-50-25-15-10
March 30, 2024 Arkansas Derby (GI) Oaklawn Park 100-50-25-15-10
March 30, 2024 Florida Derby (GI) Gulfstream Park 100-50-25-15-10
March 30, 2024 Cardinal Condition Stakes Chelmsford City 30-15-9-6-3
April 6, 2024 Santa Anita Derby (GI) Santa Anita Park 100-50-25-15-10
April 6, 2024 Blue Grass (GI) Keeneland 100-50-25-15-10
April 6, 2024 Wood Memorial (GII) Aqueduct 100-50-25-15-10
April 13, 2024 Lexington (GIII) Keeneland 20-10-6-4-2

The journey on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" isn't just about the horses. Renowned trainers and jockeys play a pivotal role in preparing and guiding these equine athletes towards victory. Legendary names like Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher, along with jockeys like Mike Smith and John Velazquez, have left indelible marks on this road.

The point system on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" is meticulously structured. Points are awarded based on a horse's performance in each race, with more significant races offering more points. This system ensures that only the best of the best make it to the starting gate at Churchill Downs.

How many prep races are there for the Kentucky Derby?
The number can vary slightly from year to year, but typically there are around 35-40 Kentucky Derby Prep Races.These include notable races like the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, and the Blue Grass Stakes.

When do the Kentucky Derby Prep Races take place?
These races usually begin in September of the year before the Derby and continue through April,leading up to the Kentucky Derby in early May.

Where are the Kentucky Derby Prep Races held?
They are held at various racetracks across the United States, including Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Santa Anita Park in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida, and Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.

How can horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby through these races?
Horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby by earning points in these prep races.The points system varies by race, with more prestigious races offering more points. The top 20 point earners get a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Who are some notable winners of Kentucky Derby Prep Races?
Notable winners include American Pharoah, who won the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby before winning the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown in 2015, and Justify, who won the Santa Anita Derby in 2018 before going on to win the Triple Crown.

What impact do the results of the Prep Races have on the Kentucky Derby?
The results of these races significantly impact the field for the Kentucky Derby.They determine which horses qualify and can also influence betting odds and public perception of each horse's chances in the Derby.

Where can I watch the Kentucky Derby Prep Races?
These races are often broadcasted on sports networks like NBC Sports, Fox Sports.

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