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How to Qualify for the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 @ 17:00 PM


It’s an exciting time in the world of horse racing! It’s a new year and many thoroughbreds have just turned three years old, granting them entrance to qualify for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. But how does a horse qualify for the Kentucky Derby? After all, not just any thoroughbred can race in the “Run for the Roses.”

In 2013, Churchill integrated a new tiered point system to qualify instead of the graded stakes earnings system. This allows thoroughbreds to qualify based on the amount of points they have earned in previous races.

This year, there are 34 qualifying races – 18 races in the prep season and 16 races in the Championship Series, which is divided into two parts.

How the Points System Works

The points system to qualify for the 140th Kentucky Derby is divided into two phases:

Phase One

The Kentucky Derby Prep Season, or Phase One, consists of 18 races that are at least a mile on dirt or synthetic surfaces. It began with Iroquois on September 7, and will continue until mid February.

The top four finalists will earn points to contribute to their qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. First place will receive 10 points, second place will receive four, third place will receive two, and fourth place will receive one point.

Phase Two


Phase Two, or the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, consists of 16 marquee races that are also at least the distance of one mile. The series will kick-off with the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 22, and finish with Lexington on April 19.

The series is divided into two legs. The top four finishers in the first leg are awarded points on a 50-20-10-5 scale. On the second leg, the points increase to a 100-40-20-10 scale, making these races even more valuable as contenders are racing to qualify. The final race at Lexington returns to the 10-4-2-1 scale, as it is serving as the "wild card" race. See the race schedule below for a points breakdown.

The top 20 contenders will then be offered a spot in the Kentucky Derby®. The next four horses are considered "eligible" if one of the top 20 is scratched. If there happens to be a tie in points, the tie breaker will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, like the previous year.

The Kentucky Oaks has a similar points system broken up into two phases that can be viewed below as well.

 

KENTUCKY  DERBY PREP SEASON

Race Date Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Iroquois 9/7/13 Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
FrontRunner 9/28/13 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Champagne 10/5/13 Belmont Park New York 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Futurity 10/5/13 Keeneland Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Grey 10/6/13 Woodbine Canada 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile 11/2/13 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes 11/16/13 Delta Downs Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Remsen Stakes 11/30/13 Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Kentucky Jockey Club 11/30/13 Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Jerome 1/4/14 Aquaduct New York 10 4 2 1
Sham  1/4/14 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Lecomte  1/18/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Smarty Jones  1/20/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1
Holy Bull  1/25/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
Robert B. Lewis  2/1/14 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Withers 2/1/14 Aquaduct New York 10 4 2 1
El Camino Real Derby  2/15/14 Golden Gate California 10 4 2 1
Southwest  2/17/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1

KENTUCKY  DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Race Date Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series              
Fountain of Youth  2/22/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 50 20 10 5
Risen Star  2/22/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 50 20 10 5
Gotham  3/4/13 Aqueduct New York 50 20 10 5
Tampa Bay Derby  3/8/14 Tampa Bay Downs Florida 50 20 10 5
San Felipe  3/15/14 Santa Anita Park California 50 20 10 5
Rebel  3/15/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 50 20 10 5
Spiral  3/22/14 Turfway Park Kentucky 50 20 10 5
Sunland Derby  3/23/14 Sunland Park New Mexico 50 20 10 5
Second Leg of Series              
Florida Derby  3/29/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 100 40 20 10
Louisiana Derby  3/29/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 100 40 20 10
UAE Derby  3/29/14 Meydan Racecourse Dubai 100 40 20 10
Wood Memorial  4/5/14 Aqueduct New York 100 40 20 10
Santa Anita Derby  4/5/14 Santa Anita Park California 100 40 20 10
Arkansas Derby  4/12/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 100 40 20 10
Blue Grass  4/12/14 Keeneland Kentucky 100 40 20 10
Lexington  4/19/14 Keeneland Kentucky   10 4  

KENTUCKY  OAKS PREP SEASON

Race Date Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Pocahontas  9/7/13 Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Chandelier 9/28/13 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Darley Alcibiades Stakes 10/4/13 Keeneland Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Frizette  10/5/13 Belmont Park New York 10 4 2 1
Mazarine Stakes 10/5/13 Woodbine Canada 10 4 2 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies  11/6/13 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Delta Downs Princess Stakes 11/16/13 Delta Downs Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Demoiselle Stakes  11/30/13 Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Golden Rod Stakes  11/30/13 Churchill Downs Kentucky 10 4 2 1
Busanda  1/4/14 Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Silverbulletday  1/18/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Old Hat  1/1/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
Bushanda  1/5/14 Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Silverbulletday  1/19/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 10 4 2 1
Santa Ynez  1/20/14 Santa Anita Park California 10 4 2 1
Forward Gal  1/25/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 10 4 2 1
Busher  2/1/14 Aqueduct New York 10 4 2 1
Martha Washington  2/8/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 10 4 2 1

KENTUCKY  OAKS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Race Date Track Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
First Leg of Series              
Davona Dale  2/22/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 50 20 10 5
Rachel Alexandra  2/22/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 50 20 10 5
UAE Oaks  2/27/14 Meydan Dubai 50 20 10 5
Las Virgenes  3/1/14 Santa Anita Park California 50 20 10 5
Honeybee  3/8/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 50 20 10 5
Bourbonette Oaks  3/22/14 Turfway Park Kentucky 50 20 10 5
Sunland Park Oaks  3/23/14 Sunland Park New Mexico 50 20 10 5
Second Leg of Series              
Fair Grounds Oaks  3/29/14 Fair Grounds Louisiana 100 40 20 10
Gulfstream Park Oaks  3/29/14 Gulfstream Park Florida 100 40 20 10
Gazelle  4/5/14 Aqueduct New York 100 40 20 10
Ashland  4/5/14 Keeneland Kentucky 100 40 20 10
Santa Anita Oaks  4/5/14 Santa Anita Park California 100 40 20 10
Fantasy  4/9/14 Oaklawn Park Arkansas 100 40 20 10
Beaumont  4/13/14 Keeneland   Kentucky  10  4  2  1

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