Kentucky Derby Schedule

by Alan Karre Jr

The Kentucky Derby is known to be the bang of horse racing but how does one get qualified to race in such an event? In the past, owners would need to insure a spot in the kentucky derby by purse winnings on particular tracks throughout the year and just recently Churchill Downs decided to pursue another direction. To race in this years $2 million Kentucky Derby owners now must collect enough running points in previous races to guarantee a spot which is limited to 24 horses in the main event.

This new kentucky derby point system is setup in which 36 races will be ran for approximately 10 weeks and is being called the “Road to the Kentucky Derby”.  This Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule will be divided into two phases in which each phases overs unique points for each race. The second schedule will contain higher competitive horses than the first stage so farther the races go on higher the competition in most circumstances.

Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule

The Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule includes 19 races with a running distance of at least one mile. History speaking these first 19 races have been used as a starting point for purses on previous years of the kentucky derby to determine who will run in the Kentucky Derby. The points are distributed on a 10-4-2-1 scale for the derby prep schedule in which the points increase later on in the championship league.

Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule RacesDistanceTrack1st Place Points2nd Place Points3rd Place Points4th Place Points
Royal Lodge1 M (T)Newmarket10421
Norfolk1 1/16 MSanta Anita10421
Breeders’ Futurity1 1/16 M (S)Keeneland10421
Champagne1 MBelmont10421
Grey1 1/16 M (S)Woodbine10421
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile1 1/16 MSanta Anita10421
Delta Downs Jackpot1 1/16 MDelta Downs10421
Remsen1 1/8 MAqueduct10421
Kentucky Jockey Club1 1/16 MChurchill Downs10421
CashCall Futurity1 1/16 M (S)Hollywood Park10421
Sham1 MSanta Anita10421
Smarty Jones1 MOaklawn Park10421
Lecomte1 M 70 YFair Grounds10421
Holy Bull1 MGulfstream Park10421
Robert B. Lewis1 1/16 MSanta Anita10421
Sam F. Davis1 1/16 MTampa Bay Downs10421
Withers1 1/16 MAqueduct10421
El Camino Real Derby1 1/8 M (S)Golden Gate10421
Southwest1 MOaklawn Park10421

Kentucky Derby Championship Schedule

The Kentucky Derby Championship schedule includes 17 solid races on running distances of one mile or more. Some of these races include the Santa Anita Derby and other widely known races in which great horses tend to get a name for themselves. These are some of the races in which one must finish in the top 4 or there odds on being able to reach the official kentucky derby become slim.

Kentucky Derby Championship Schedule RacesDistanceTrack1st Place Points2nd Place Points3rd Place Points4th Place Points
Risen Star1 1/16 MFair Grounds5020105
Fountain of Youth1 1/16 MGulfstream Park5020105
Gotham1 1/16 MAqueduct5020105
Tampa Bay Derby1 1/16 MTampa Bay Downs5020105
San Felipe1 1/16 MSanta Anita5020105
Rebel1 1/16 MOaklawn Park5020105
Spiral1 1/8 M (S)Turfway Park5020105
Sunland Derby1 1/8 MSunland Park5020105
Florida Derby1 1/8 MGulfstream Park100402010
UAE Derby1 3/16 M (S)Meydan Racecourse100402010
Louisiana Derby1 1/8 MFair Grounds100402010
Wood Memorial1 1/8 MAqueduct100402010
Santa Anita Derby1 1/8 MSanta Anita100402010
Arkansas Derby1 1/8 MOaklawn Park100402010
Blue Grass1 1/8 M (S)Keeneland100402010
Lexington1 1/16 M (S)Keeneland20842
The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial1 MChurchill Downs20842

Once these races are complete the top 20 point earners are guaranteed a spot in the Kentucky Derby. Although in the past some filly horses have won the Derby and been entered by purse money alone this year and years down the road they will have to earn there way just like the rest of the horses by needing to accumulate enough winning points.

Official 2013 Kentucky Derby Schedule

Now that the best of all horses have been earned a spot into the race here is the upcoming races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

2013 Kentucky Derby RaceDistanceTrackPurse
1Churchill Downs$100,000.00
2Churchill Downs$350,000.00
3Churchill Downs$450,000.00
4Churchill Downs$200,000.00
5Churchill Downs$400,000.00
Race 6 Turf SprintChurchill Downs$180,000.00
7Churchill Downs$175,000.00
8Churchill Downs$300,000.00
9Churchill Downs$300,000.00
10Churchill Downs$500,000.00
11Churchill Downs$2,000,000.00

A majority of the people who visit on May 05th are visitors and are not aware with local parties and celebrations. Louisville used to offer what they call Derby Cruising in which part of the city would join up and drive motorcycles, antique rides, and other forms of transportation. It’s an activity the citizens and visitors from the area looked up to every year however good things dont always last when the city realized it was having problems protecting visitors and travelers from local gangs and violence so had to shut it down.

Tourist however are still more than welcome to join all the local action near downtown on Broadway street which is famous for having huge groups of parties that barbeque on the grill and enjoy a few brewskies. If your not a local or not really familiar with the area it’s best to start walking west on Broadway and continue on until you found the right spot for you and your friends. A majority of Louisville businesses and restaurants are friendly however its always recommended you dont bring loads of cash with you and try to stick with using a debit or credit card. If you somehow end up by the river you have gone a tad bit to far and should head back in the direction you was coming from.