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Features - RACING

The ABR brand ambassadors explain the points system for qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, a system introduced for the 2013 edition of the Derby.

In 2012, the criteria for qualifying for the Kentucky Derby was changed from money earned in graded races to a point system

Officially branded as the "Road to the Kentucky Derby," the new point system features 36 stakes races overall and includes 17 marquee events for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that comprise a compact, 10- week run up to the first Saturday in May to be known as the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series.”

The field for the Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 starters with points earned in the series races used to determine the field..

The change will be in effect for the 139th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4, 2013. 

Check the current point total for all horses here.

Below is outlined the schedule of races that comprise the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

DATE TITLE GRADE DISTANCE TRACK POINTS
9/29/12 Juddmonte Royal Lodge II 1 M Newmarket 10-4-2-1
9/29/12 Frontrunner I 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
10/6/12 Foxwoods Champagne I 1 M Belmont Park 10-4-2-1
10/6/12 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity I 1 1/16 M Keeneland 10-4-2-1
10/7/12 Grey I 1 1/16 M Woodbine 10-4-2-1
11/3/12 Grey Goose Juvenile I 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
11/17/12 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes III 1 1/16 M Delta Downs 10-4-2-1
11/24/12 Remsen Stakes II 1 1/8 M Aqueduct 10-4-2-1
11/24/12 Kentucky Jockey Club II 1 1/16 M Churchill Downs 10-4-2-1
12/15/12 CashCall Futurity I 1 1/16 M Hollywood Park 10-4-2-1
1/5/13 Sham III 1 M Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
1/19/13 Lecomte III 1M 70 Y Fair Grounds 10-4-2-1
1/21/13 Smarty Jones 1 M Oaklawn Park 10-4-2-1
1/26/13 Holy Bull III 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park 10-4-2-1
2/2/13 Robert B. Lewis II 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Park 10-4-2-1
2/2/13 Withers III 1 1/16 M Aqueduct 10-4-2-1
2/2/13 Sam F. Davis III 1 1/16 M Tampa Bay 10-4-2-1
2/16/13 El Camino Real Derby III 1 1/8 M Golden Gate 10-4-2-1
2/18/13 Southwest III 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park 10-4-2-1
2/23/13 Fountain of Youth II 1 1/16 M Gulfstream Park 50-20-10-5
2/23/13 Risen Star II 1 1/16 M Fair Grounds 50-20-10-5
3/2/13 Gotham III 1 1/16 M Aqueduct 50-20-10-5
3/9/13 Tampa Bay Derby II 1 1/16 M Tampa Bay 50-20-10-5
3/9/13 San Felipe II 1 1/16 M Santa Anita Park 50-20-10-5
3/16/13 Rebel II 1 1/16 M Oaklawn Park 50-20-10-5
3/23/13 Spiral III 1 1/8 M Turfway Park 50-20-10-5
3/24/13 Sunland Derby III 1 1/8 M Sunland Park 50-20-10-5
3/30/13 Florida Derby I 1 1/8 M Gulfstream Park 100-40-20-10
3/30/13 Louisiana Derby II 1 1/8 M Fair Grounds 100-40-20-10
3/30/13 UAE Derby II 1 3/16 M Meydan 100-40-20-10
4/6/13 Wood Memorial I 1 1/8 M Aqueduct 100-40-20-10
4/6/13 Santa Anita Derby I 1 1/8 M Santa Anita Park 100-40-20-10
4/13/13 Arkansas Derby I 1 1/8 M Oaklawn Park 100-40-20-10
4/13/13 Blue Grass I 1 1/8 M Keeneland 100-40-20-10
4/20/13 Lexington III 1 1/16 M Keeneland 20-8-4-2
4/27/13 Derby Trial III 1 M Churchill Downs 20-8-4-2

TELEVISION COVERAGE

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE (All Times ET)

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6 – 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Road to the Kentucky Derby preview show

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Florida Derby (Gulfstream Park) and Louisiana Derby (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots)

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network) 

Wood Memorial (Aqueduct Racetrack) and Santa Anita Derby (Santa Anita Park)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4:30 – 6 p.m. (NBC)

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Keeneland)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6 – 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network) 

Arkansas Derby (Oaklawn Park)

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