2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is new to horse racing and includes two new schedules with a points system for 2018. The old format of graded stakes race and the accumulation of graded stakes earnings is gone and now there will be four schedules in which trainers and horses can accumulate points to earn their way into the 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. 2018 Road to Kentucky Derby have two new different prep races one for Europian and one for Japan. The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby is intended to provide a place in the Derby starting gate to the top finisher in the series. The European Road to the Kentucky Derby is designed on a similar basis to the Japan Road and is intended to provide a place in the Derby starting gate to the top finisher in the series. If the connections of that horse decline the invitation, their place is offered to the second-place finisher and so on. If neither of the top four accept, this place in the starting gate reverts to the horses on the main road to the Derby.

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2018 Road to the Derby Schedule

Below you will find the schedule for the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" have 4 parts . The Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep seson does not offer as many points for each races when compared to the second schedule but it offers trainers a chance to pick up an early points lead before the Kentucky Derby Championship Series starts.

Handicapping the Road to the Kentucky Derby

Our expansive online coverage of the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby includes prep race results, horse racing news updates, an up-to-date listing of points standings, contenders, workouts, past performances and even speed ratings. Get all the handicapping information you need right here and Bet With Confidence at USA Sportsbook!

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Road To Kentucky Derby Prep Season

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Iroquois 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Churchill Downs Sep 16 2017 The Tabulator Hollywood Star Ten City Ebben
FrontRunner 1-1/16 miles $300,000 Santa Anita Sep 30 2017 Bolt d'Oro Solomini Take the One O One Ayacara
Champagne 1-mile $500,000 Belmont Oct 7 2017 Firenze Fire Good Magic Enticed Kowboy Karma
Breeders' Futurity 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Keeneland Oct 7 2017 Free Drop Billy Bravazo Lone Sailor Lionite
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1-1/16 miles $2,000,000 Del Mar Nov 4 2017 Good Magic Solomini Bolt d'Oro Givemeaminit
Kentucky Jockey Club 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Churchill Downs Nov 25 2017 Enticed Tiz Mischief Promises Fulfilled High North
Remsen 1-1/8 miles $300,000 Aqueduct Dec 2 2017 Catholic Boy Avery Island Vouch Alkhaatam
Los Alamitos Futurity 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Los Alamitos Dec 9 2017 McKinzie Instilled Regard Solomini For Him
Springboard Mile 1 mile $300,000 Remington Dec 17 2017 Greyvitos Combatant Kingsville Night Strike
Sham 1-mile $100,000 Santa Anita Jan 6 2018 McKinzie All Out Blitz My Boy Jack Shivermetimbers
Jerome 1-mile 70 yards $200,000 Aqueduct Jan 13 2018 Firenze Fire Seven Trumpets Coltandmississippi Regalian
Lecomte 1-mile 70 yards $200,000 Fair Grounds Jan 13 2018 Instilled Regard Principe Guilherme Snapper Sinclair Zing Zang
Smarty Jones 1-mile $150,000 Oaklawn Jan 15 2018 Mourinho Combatant Tap Daddy Bode's Maker
Holy Bull 1-mile $400,000 Gulfstream Feb 3 2018 Audible Free Drop Billy Tiz Mischief Enticed
Withers 1-1/16 miles $200,000 Aqueduct Feb 3 2018 Avery Island Firenze Fire Marconi Coltandmississippi
Robert B. Lewis 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Santa Anita Feb 3 2018 Lombo Ayacara Dark Vader Regulate
Sam F. Davis Stakes 1-1/16 miles $150,000 Tampa Bay Feb 10 2018 Flameaway Catholic Boy Vino Rosso Hollywood Star
El Camino Real Derby 1-1/8 miles $200,000 Golden Gate Feb 17 2018 Paved City Plan Blended Citizen Mugaritz
Southwest 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Oaklawn Feb 19 2018 My Boy Jack Combatant Sporting Chance Mourinho

Point Distribution: 1st=10 points; 2nd=4 points; 3rd=2 points; 4th=1 point
(Exception: Breeders' Cup Juvenile: 1st=20 points; 2nd=8 points; 3rd=4 points; 4th=2 point)

Championship series

First leg of series

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Risen Star 1-1/16 miles $400,000 Fair Grounds Feb 24 2018 Bravazo Snapper Sinclair Noble Indy Instilled Regard
Fountain of Youth 1-1/16 miles $400,000 Gulfstream Mar 3 2018 Promises Fulfilled Strike Power Good Magic Machismo
Gotham 1-1/16 miles $500,000 Aqueduct Mar 10 2018 Enticed Old Time Revival Free Drop Billy Firenze Fire
Tampa Bay Derby 1-1/16 miles $350,000 Tampa Bay Mar 10 2018 Quip Flameaway World of Trouble Vino Rosso
San Felipe 1-1/16 miles $300,000 Santa Anita Mar 10 2018 Bolt d'Oro McKinzie Kanthaka Peace
Rebel 1-1/16 miles $900,000 Oaklawn Mar 17 2018 Magnum Moon Solomini Combatant Title Ready
Sunland Derby 1-1/8 miles $800,000 Sunland Park Mar 25 2018 Runaway Ghost Dream Baby Dream Peace Seven Trumpets

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

Second leg of series

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Louisiana Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Fair Grounds Mar 24 2018 Noble Indy Lone Sailor My Boy Jack Givemeamint
UAE Derby 1,900 metres
~1-3/16 miles
$2,000,000 Meydan Mar 31 2018 Mendelssohn Rayya Reride Gold Town
Florida Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Gulfstream Mar 31 2018 Audible Hofburg Mississippi Catholic Boy
Wood Memorial 1-1/8 miles $750,000 Aqueduct Apr 7 2018
Blue Grass Stakes 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Keeneland Apr 7 2018
Santa Anita Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Santa Anita Apr 7 2018
Arkansas Derby 1-1/8 miles $1,000,000 Oaklawn Park Apr 14 2018

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

Wild Card

Race Distance Purse Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jeff Ruby 1-1/8 miles $202,400 Turfway Mar 17 2018 Blended Citizen Pony Up Arawak Zanesville
Lexington 1-1/8 miles $200,000 Keeneland Apr 14 2018

Point Distribution: 1st=20 points; 2nd=8 points; 3rd=4 points; 4th=2 points

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

Race Distance Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Cattleya Sho 1,600 m (about 1 mile) Tokyo Racecourse Nov 25 2017 Ruggero Mic Ben Hur Meiner Yukitsubaki Bronze Key
Nisai Yushun 1,600 m (about 1 mile) Kawasaki Racecourse Dec 13 2017 Le Vent Se Leve Don Fortis Haseno Pyro Dark Repulser
Hyacinth 1,600 m (about 1 mile) Tokyo Racecourse Feb 18, 2018 Sumahama Talki Ferveur Ruggero Great Time

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

The series consists of seven races – four run on the turf in late 2017 when the horses are age two, plus three races run on a synthetic surface in early 2018.

Race Location Distance Track Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Beresford Stakes IRE 1 mile Naas Racecourse Sep 24 2017 Delano Roosevelt Kew Gardens Riyazan Saxon Warrior
Royal Lodge Stakes GB 1 mile Newmarket Racecourse Sep 30 2017 Roaring Lion Nelson Mildenberger Petrus
Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère FR 1,600 m
(about 1 mile)
Chantilly Racecourse Oct 1 2017 Happily Olmedo Masar Mythical Magic
Racing Post Trophy GB 1 mile Doncaster Racecourse Oct 28 2017 Saxon Warrior Roaring Lion The Pentagon Verbal Dexterity
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Condition Stakes
GB 1 mile Kempton Park Mar 1 2018 Gronkowski Court House Fortune's Pearl Ventura Knight
Patton Stakes IRE 1 mile Dundalk Racecourse Mar 2 2018 Mendelssohn Threeandfourpence Seahenge Blackgold Fairy
Burradon Stakes GB 1 mile Newcastle Racecourse Mar 30 2018 Gronkowski Iconic Sunset Dark Acclaim Purser