Road to the Roses - Kentucky Derby
Road to the Kentucky Derby
Bet on Road to the Roses in 2016 and follow the 2 year-olds as they start on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Road to the Kentucky Derby is nineteen races that take place over the course of the 2-year-old and 3-year-old season. Then it's on to the 2016 Kentucky Derby on May 4 th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The 2016 Kentucky Derby betting will take place over the course of four major sets of racing dates. To start the Road to the Kentucky Derby and the Run for the Roses is the Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule which takes place in the latter months of 2012 until the start of 2016.
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Following the Kentucky Derby Prep Season Schedule is the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. The Kentucky Derby Championship Series is made up of seventeen total races which are distances of one mile or longer on dirt and synthetic surfaces only.
Schedule for first leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series:
- Risen Star (Fair Grounds, LA)
- Fountain of Youth (Gulfstream Park, FL)
- Gotham Stakes (Aqueduct, NY)
- Tampa Bay Derby (Tampa Bay Downs, FL)
- San Felipe (Santa Anita, CA)
- Rebel Stakes (Oaklawn Park, AR)
- Spiral Stakes (Turfway Park, KY)
- Sunland Derby (Sunland Park, NM)
First Leg of Series race finishers earn:
- 1 st 50 points
- 2 nd 20 points
- 3 rd 10 points
- 4 th 5 points
Schedule for second leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series:
- UAE Derby (Meydan, Dubai)
- Louisiana Derby (Fair Grounds, LA)
- Florida Derby (Gulfstream Park, FL)
- Wood Memorial (Aqueduct, NY)
- Santa Anita Derby (Santa Anita, CA)
- Arkansas Derby (Oaklawn Park, AR)
- Blue Grass (Keeneland, KY)
Second Leg of Series race finishers earn:
- 1 st 100 points
- 2 nd 40 points
- 3 rd 20 points
- 4 th 10 points
Schedule for Kentucky Derby Championship Series Wild Card Races:
- Lexington Stakes (Keeneland, KY)
Wild Card race finishers earn:
- 1 st 20 points
- 2 nd 8 points
- 3 rd 4 points
- 4 th 2 points
And that concludes the Road to the Kentucky Derby Schedule, and then it's off to the Run for the Roses on May 4 th , 2016 at Churchill Downs presented by Yum Brands and will be televised on NBC.
Below is a list of general racing dates for Kentucky Derby Graded Stakes races. Since the graded stakes earnings format no longer applies, the majority of these race dates will simply be used by thoroughbred horses and trainers as prep races for the races listed above.
Sep. 27 - Frontrunner at Santa Anita Park.
October 2014Oct. 4 - Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, 1 Mile.
Oct. 4 - Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, 1 1/16 Miles.
Oct. 6 - Grey at Woodbine over 1 1/16 Miles.
November 2014Nov. 1 - Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 miles
Nov. 22 - Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs, 1 1/16 Miles
Nov. 29 - Remsen Stakesat Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Miles
Dec. 20 - Los Alamitos Futurity at Hollywood Park, 8.5 Furlongs
Jan 3 - Jerome Handicap, Aqueduct, 1 mile, 70 yards
Ja 10. - Sham Stakes, Santa Anita Park, 1 Mile
Jan 17. - Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 mile, 70 yards
Jan 19. - Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 mile
Jan 24. - Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 mile
Feb 7. - Robert B. Lewis, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 mile
Feb 7. - Withers Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 mile
Feb 14. - El Camino Real Derby, Golden Gate, 1 1/8 miles
Feb 21. - Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 miles
Feb 21. - Fountain of Youth, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 miles
Mar 7. - Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 miles.
Mar 7. - San Felipe, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 miles
Mar 7. - Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 miles.
Mar 14. - Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 miles
Mar 21. - Spiral Stakes, Turfway, 1 1/8 miles
Mar 22. - Sunland Derby, Sunland park, 1 1/8 miles
Mar 28. - Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 miles.
Mar 28. - UAE Derby, Meydan, 1 1/4 miles
Mar 28. - Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 miles
Apr 4. - Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 miles
Apr 4. - Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita, 1 1/8 miles
Apr 4. - Blue Grass, Keeneland, 1 1/8 miles
Apr 11. - Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 miles
Apr 11. - Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 miles
May 7th, 2016 - Kentucky Derby (G1), Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 miles
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