Each year 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run in the Kentucky Derby.
- To earn a spot in the starting gate, they must travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of designated races at tracks across the country and around the world.
- Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each race.
- The 20 horses with the most points will earn a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.
The American Road to the Kentucky Derby started back in September with the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, and will continue until the final points race on April 10th.
- These earlier races are worth less points than the races that will be held in the Spring of 2021, but competition is starting to heat up.
- With these earlier races we may not get as many inquiries regarding them but in case we do I wanted to provide you with some information.
The remaining races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby are:
Broken down by race name, which track the race is being held, the date of the race, and how many points will be awarded for a 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th place finish for that race.
- You can look at just the American road, the European Road, or Japanese Road, or any combination at: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/prep-races
- The horses and leaderboard along with the next upcoming point race can be found at: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses
- You can click on the horses on the page for more information on each of them.
- Historical information such as past winners, history, traditions, etc can be found at: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/history