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Churchill Downs releases 2018/2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule

By TwinSpires Staff

The Road to the Kentucky Derby (RTKD) schedule made up of points races toward a starting berth in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) has been unveiled by Churchill Downs. The 2018/2019 series is comprised of 35 races, with 19 making up the “Prep Season” portion and 16 encompassing the “Championship Series” segment.

During the Prep Season, all but one of the races will be worth 10-4-2-1 points. The exception is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), which will award 20-8-4-2 points. The majority of the races during the Championship Series will offer up 50-20-10-5 points, but seven of the major three-year-old preps will be worth 100-40-20-10.

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks, offering points to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), features the same setup and covers 30 total races split evenly between the Prep Season and Championship Series.

Churchill will also continue the European Road to the Kentucky Derby and the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks kicks off Saturday under the Twin Spires with the Iroquois Stakes (G3) and Pocahontas Stakes (G2), respectively.

2018-19 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

35 Races

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st(Points)

2nd(Points)

3rd(Points)

4th(Points)

Sept. 15

Iroquois

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Sept. 29

American Pharoah

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 6

Champagne

Belmont Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 6

Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Nov. 2

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

Nov. 24

Kentucky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 1

Remsen

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 8*

Los Alamitos Futurity

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 16

Springboard Mile

Remington Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 1*

Jerome

Aqueduct

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 5*

Sham

Santa Anita

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 12*

Lecomte

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 25

Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Withers

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Robert B. Lewis

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Holy Bull

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 9*

Sam F. Davis

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 16*

El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate

1 1/8 Miles (S)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 18

Southwest

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st(Points)

2nd(Points)

3rd(Points)

4th(Points)

Feb. 16*

Risen Star

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 2*

Fountain of Youth

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

Gotham

Aqueduct

1 Mile

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9*

San Felipe

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 16*

Jeff Ruby Steaks

Turfway Park

1 1/8 Miles (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

March 16

Rebel

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 23*

Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

March 24*

Sunland Derby

Sunland Park

1 1/8 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 30*

UAE Derby

Meydan Racecourse

1 3/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

March 30*

Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Wood Memorial

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Blue Grass

Keeneland

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Santa Anita Derby

Santa Anita

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 13*

Lexington

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

April 13

Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

 Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

2018-19 EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

7 Races

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st(Points)

2nd(Points)

3rd(Points)

4th(Points)

Sept. 29

Juddmonte Royal Lodge

Newmarket (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Sept. 30

Juddmonte Beresford

Naas (Ire)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 7

Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

Chantilly (Fr)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 27

October Trophy

Doncaster (GB)

1 Mile (T)

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

March 6

Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes

Kempton Park (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

March 8

Patton (Listed)

Dundalk (Ire)

1 Mile (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

April 11

Cardinal Condition Stakes

Chelmsford City (GB)

1 Mile (S)

(30)

(12)

(6)

(3)

Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

2018-19 JAPAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

3 Races

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st(Points)

2nd(Points)

3rd(Points)

4th(Points)

Nov. 24

Cattleya Sho

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 19

Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

Kawasaki Racecourse

1 Mile

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

Feb. 17*

Hyacinth

Tokyo Racecourse

1 Mile

(30)

(12)

(6)

(3)

March 31*

Fukuyru

Nakayama Racecourse

1 1/8 Miles

(40)

(16)

(8)

(4)

Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

2018-19 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS SCHEDULE

30 Races

Kentucky Oaks Prep Season (15 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Sept. 15

Pocahontas

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Sept. 29

Chandelier

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 5

Alcibiades

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Oct. 7

Frizette

Belmont Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Nov. 2

BC Juvenile Fillies

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

Nov. 24

Golden Rod

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 1

Demoiselle

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Dec. 8*

Starlet

Los Alamitos

1 1/16 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 6*

Santa Ynez

Santa Anita

7 Furlongs

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 12*

Silverbulletday

Fair Grounds

1 Mile 70 Yards

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Jan. 20*

Busanda

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2*

Forward Gal

Gulfstream Park

7 Furlongs

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 2

Martha Washington

Oaklawn Park

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 3*

Las Virgenes

Santa Anita

1 Mile

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Feb. 9*

Suncoast

Tampa Bay Downs

1 Mile 40 Yards

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

Kentucky Oaks Championship Series (15 races)

Date

Race

Racetrack

Distance

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Feb. 16*

Rachel Alexandra

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

Feb. 28*

UAE Oaks

Meydan Racecourse

1 3/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 2*

Davona Dale

Gulfstream Park

1 Mile

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 2*

Busher

Aqueduct

1 Mile

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 2*

Santa Ysabel

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 9

Honeybee

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 16*

Bourbonette Oaks

Turfway Park

1 Mile (S)

(20)

(8)

(4)

(2)

March 23*

Fair Grounds Oaks

Fair Grounds

1 1/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

March 24*

Sunland Park Oaks

Sunland Park

1 1/16 Miles

(50)

(20)

(10)

(5)

March 30*

Gulfstream Park Oaks

Gulfstream Park

1 1/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Gazelle

Aqueduct

1 1/8 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Ashland

Keeneland

1 1/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 6*

Santa Anita Oaks

Santa Anita

1 1/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

April 7*

Beaumont

Keeneland

7 Furlongs

(10)

(4)

(2)

(1)

April 12

Fantasy

Oaklawn Park

1 1/16 Miles

(100)

(40)

(20)

(10)

Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (S) = Synthetic … * = race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement.

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