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For the second year since it’s inauguration for last year’s Derby, Churchill Downs has announced the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system for the 2014 Kentucky Derby to be run May 3, 2014. The new point system was all the talk last year, since Churchill Downs opted to move away from the 27 year old graded stakes earning criteria as its means of accepting Kentucky Derby entries. The new points system had many skeptical of its reliability, but by the time the race rolled around, it was apparent that the new points system was a success. Some adjustments have been made to the system for this year, so if you are following the trail to the Derby, be sure to bookmark this page as a reference. I will keep this page updated throughout the season, adding winners of the derby prep races and a points breakdown as we get closer and closer to that first Saturday in May 2014. I will also try and grab the replays for you, so this page will be useful in your 2014 Kentucky Derby handicapping efforts.

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2014 Kentucky Derby: Prep races contenders & point standings

By Johnny Brennan on March 21 2014, 4:57p

Point leading Triple Crown Nominated horses for the 2014 Road to the Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Leader board for qualifying points to the 2014 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated Kentucky Derby prep races. Earnings in non-restricted stakes races serve as a tie-breaker.

RankHorseTrainerPointsStakes Earnings
1Vicar's in Trouble (video)Mike Maker120$760,000
2Toast of New York (video)Jamie Osborne100$1,200,000
3Constitution (video)Todd Pletcher100$600,000
4Intense Holiday (video)Todd Pletcher93$527,500
5Wildcat Red (video)Jose Garrofalo90$665,500
6We Miss Artie (video)Todd Pletcher60$544,000
7Samraat (video)Rick Violette Jr.60$450,500
8Hoppertunity (video)Bob Baffert55$376,000
9Chitu (video)Bob Baffert54$440,000
10Midnight Hawk (video)Bob Baffert52$320,500
11Ring WeekendH. Graham Motion50$210,000
12California ChromeArt Sherman50$182,250
13TapitureSteve Asmussen42$420,738
14General a RodMike Maker40$240,000
15AlbanoLarry Jones34$190,000
16Cairo PrinceKiaran McLaughlin24$520,000
17Uncle Sigh (video)Gary Contessa24$150,000
18VinceremosTodd Pletcher20$190,000
19Harry's HolidayMike Maker20$150,956
20Commanding CurveDallas Stewart20$140,000
21Ride on CurlinBilly Gowan15$154,387
22KristoJohn Sadler14$56,000
23CoastlineMark Casse13$129,679
24TamarandoJerry Holldendorfer12$495,000
25Strong MandateD. Wayne Lukas11$472,500
26Rise UpTom Amoss10$786,633
27Giovanni BoldiniAidan O'Brien10$345,676
28Candy BoyJohn Sadler10$260,000
29In TroubleTony Dutrow10$190,000
30Noble MoonLeah Gyarmati10$145,000
31Ami's HolidayJosie Carroll10$136,145
32Tanzanite CatCody Autrey10$111,000
33CommissionerTodd Pletcher10$104,000
34CleburneDale Romans10$102,044
35Conquest TitanMark Casse9$180,495
36Dance With FatePeter Eurton8$150,000
37CasiguapoMario Morales5$271,050
38Financial MogulRick Violette, Jr5$93,000
39East HallBill Kaplan5$77,550
40Classic GiacnrollLisa Guerrero5$62,500
41Asserting BearReade Baker5$31,432
42SchoolofhardknocksDavid Hofmans5$18,000
43ScotlandTony Dutrow4$45,000
44Big BazingaKaterina Vassilieva4$44,469
45Laddie BoyChuck Peery4$42,599
46Smart CoverDale Romans4$38,418
47EnterprisingTom Proctor2$91,100
48Arctic SlopeKen McPeek2$47,572
49Wicked StrongJimmy Jerkens2$40,000
50Gold HawkSteve Asmussen2$3,000
51Awesome SkyMark Casse2$16,819
52Diamond BachelorPatrick Biancone1$92,000
53Rum PointDoug O'Neill1$30,250
54Almost FamousPatrick Byrne1$28,579
55MatuszakBill Mott1$22,667
56Son of a PreacherBret Calhoun1$11,500
57Buck MagicDave Fawkes1$8,410
58I'll Wrap It UpDoug O'Neill1$6,000

Sidelined/Inactive/No Longer Under Derby Consideration/Not Triple Crown Nominated: Asmar (40, $557,500), Emirates Flyer-GB ($381,691), Havana (14, $660,000), Harry's Holiday (20, $150,596), Honor Code (14, 300,000), Bond Holder (11, $333,000), New Year's Day (10, $1,100,000),Top Billing (10, $40,000), Surfing USA (10, $35,000), Dance with Fate (8, $150,000), Rebranded (5,), Smarty's Echo (4, $82,000), Walt (4, $45,857), Go Greeley (2, $220,601), Roman Unbridled (2, $113,000), Rankhasprivileges (2, $100,250), Ontology (2, $77,250), Can the Man (1, $111,000), and Puppy Manners (1, $18,000

Kentucky Derby Contenders Injury Report

Surfing U S A : The G2 Tampa Bay Derby show finisher is being given time off at an Ocala, FL farm and will be pointed to a summer campaign.

Global Strike: The G3 Sunland Derby also-ran will be pointed to an allowance race for his next start and not pursue the Kentucky Derby trail.

Matterhorn: The Tapit colt could use a 3/28 Aqueduct allowance start as a prep for the G2 Peter Pan S. on 5/10 at Belmont Park.

Honor Code : The Remsen Stakes winner suffered a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory and will be re-evaluated after 60 days of rest.

Anchor Down : The Todd Pletcher trainee is off the Kentucky Derby trail after developing a shin issue and being sent to the farm to recover.

Mexikoma : Team Valor International announced that their Birdstone colt is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Derby and will use the G2 Peter Pan S. at Belmont Park on 5/10 as a prep for the G1 Belmont Stakes on 6/7.

Bond Holder - Problems continue for the G1 FrontRunner S. champ, who is now being treated at a veterinary clinic in Ocala, Florida for laminitis.

Indianapolis - An undisclosed illness has kept the San Pedro S. hero off the work tab since early February.

Undertaker - The John Servis trainee is now being pointed to Hawthorne's G3 Illinois Derby after being forced to miss the G3 Gotham S. because a quarantine at Parx prevented him from being able to ship out of that stable area.

Shared Belief - Conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed to Blood-Horse Magazine that juvenile champion male Shared Belief will not contest the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland next month and is officially off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Top Billing - Shug McGaughey's charge suffered a cracked cannon bone in his right front leg breezing at Payson Park on 3/8.

Walt - The Smarty Jones S. runner-up will be sidelined for several months and focus on a fall campaign.

Culprit - The Dale Romans barn has decided to back off the son of Street Sense after he failed to respond to his recent training.

Hartford - The Todd Pletcher trainee is off the Kentucky Derby trail with a minor problem in his right front leg.

Exit Stage Left - The undefeated winner of the Golden Nugget, Gold Rush, and California Derby, was injured during training at Golden Gate Fields on2/8 and is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Recall Dynaformer - The Triple Crown-nominated Charles Fipke homebred suffered a catastrophic injury in a Gulfstream Park maiden race on 2/8.

Juba - The Triple Crown nominated son of Tapit was reported to have a condylar fracture following a 2/2 work at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida.

Corfu - The G2 Saratoga Special stakes record holder has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, FL.

Electric Eddie - The son of Square Eddie, who was injured in the 1/25 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita, will have surgery on 1/27 to repair a condylar fracture.

 

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2014 Kentucky Derby Points Standings - Derby Prep Race Replays

As we progress through the 2014 Kentucky Derby season, we will try and post the videos for the points system races to make your handicapping easier. Again, make sure and bookmark this page as we will constantly update it’s contents after each race has run. To access the videos, simply click on the link below. The 2014 Kentucky Derby is the 140th renewal to be run May 3, 2014 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky its know as The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Live odds, betting, horse bios, travel info, tickets, news, and updates from Churchill Downs Race Track updated weekly until Derby day in May.

Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs 9/7/2013

Front Runner Stakes at Santa Anita 9/28/2013

Foxwoods Champagne Stakes at Belmont 10/05/2013

Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland 10/05/2013

Grey Stakes at Woodbine 10/06/2013

Breeder’s Cup Juvenile 11/02/2013

Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes 11/23/2013

Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct 11/30/2013

Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill 11/30/2013

Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct 01/04/2014

Sham Stakes at Santa Anita 01/11/2014

Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds 01/18/2014

Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn 01/20/2014

The Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park 01/25/2014

Withers Stakes at Aqueduct 02/01/2014

Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita 02/08/2014

El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields 02/15/2014

Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn 02/17/2014

Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream 02/22/2014

Risen Star at Fair Grounds 02/22/2014

Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct 03/01/2014

San Felipe at Santa Anita 03/08/2014

Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs 03/08/2014

Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park  03/15/2014

Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park  03/22/2014

Sunland Derby at Sunland Park  03/23/2014

UAE Derby in Dubai 03/29/2014

Florida Derby at Gulfstream 03/29/2014

Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds 03/29/2014

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Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby Updated March 21, 2014

Date
Race
Distance
Track
Winner
Beyer
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Charts
9/7/13Iroquois1 1/16M
Churchill Downs
Cleburne6910421Chart
9/28/13FrontRunner1 1/16M
Santa Anita
Bond Holder7810421Chart
10/5/13Breeders' Futurity1 1/16M (S)
Keeneland
We Miss Artie7010421Chart
10/5/13Champagne1M
Belmont
Havana9310421Chart
10/6/13Grey1 1/16M (S)
Woodbine
Ami's Holiday8010421Chart
11/2/13BC Juvenile1 1/16M
Santa Anita
New Year's Day8810421Chart
11/23/13Delta Downs Jackpot1 1/16M
Delta Downs
Rise Up8810421Chart
11/30/13Remsen1 1/8M
Aqueduct
Honor Code8810421Chart
11/30/13Kentucky Jockey Club1 1/16M
Churchill Downs
Tapiture8310421Chart
1/4/14Jerome1 mile 70 yds
Aqueduct
Noble Moon8510421Chart
1/11/14Sham1M
Santa Anita
Midnight Hawk9510421Chart
1/18/14Lecomte1M 70 yds
Fair Grounds
Vicar's in Trouble9710421Chart
1/20/14Smarty Jones1M
Oaklawn Park
Tanzanite Cat8310421Chart
1/25/14Holy Bull1 1/16M
Gulfstream
Cairo Prince9510421Chart
2/1/14Withers1 1/16M
Aqueduct
Samraat9410421Chart 
2/8/14Robert B. Lewis1 1/16M
Santa Anita Park
Candy Boy9610421Chart
2/15/14El Camino Real Derby1 1/8M (S)
Golden Gate
Tamarando9110421Chart 
2/17/14Southwest1 1/16M
Oaklawn Park
Tapiture 10421Chart 

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

Date
Race
Distance
Track
Winner
Beyer
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Charts
2/22/14Risen Star1 1/16M
Fair Grounds
Intense Holiday975020105Chart 
2/22/14Fountain of Youth1 1/16M
Gulfstream
Wildcat Red1015020105Chart 
3/1/14Gotham1 1/16M
Aqueduct
Samraat965020105Chart
3/8/14Tampa Bay Derby1 1/16M
Tampa Bay Downs
Ring Weekend945020105Chart 
3/8/14San Felipe1 1/16M
Santa Anita
California Chrome1075020105Chart 
3/15/14Rebel1 1/16M
Oaklawn
Hoppertunity1005020105Chart
3/22/13Spiral1 1/8M (S)
Turfway
We Miss Artie855020105Chart 
3/23/14Sunland Derby1 1/8M
Sunland Park
Chitu1025020105Chart
3/29/14Florida Derby1 1/8M
Gulfstream Park
Constitution 100402010Chart
3/29/14UAE Derby1 3/16M (S)
Meydan
Toast of New York 100402010Chart
3/29/14Louisiana Derby1 1/8M
Fair Grounds
Vicar's In Trouble 100402010Chart
4/5/14Wood Memorial1 1/8M
Aqueduct Racino Casino
  100402010 
4/5/14Santa Anita Derby1 1/8M
Santa Anita
  100402010 
4/12/14Arkansas Derby1 1/8M
Oaklawn Park
  100402010 
4/12/14Blue Grass1 1/8M (S)
Keeneland
  100402010 
4/19/14Lexington1 1/16M (S)
Keeneland
  10421 

 

Examining Different Levels of Competition at the Racetrack

Just as all horse races are not created equal, neither are all horses. However, racetracks overcome this inequality as best they can by pitting horses of similar ability together for various races. This practice is known as parity.

To envision how the horse races are planned by the racing secretary's office, think of a pyramid. (The racing secretary is the person in charge of writing the races, assigning weights in handicap races, assigning the number of stalls to trainers, and so on). Each level of the pyramid is a class level. At the base of the pyramid are the maiden horses, horses that have never won a race. At the top of the pyramid are the very best horses, called the stakes horses. These top horses run in stakes races, which offer the most prize money, called purses.

In between are the layers of horses that run in claiming races — where horses can be bought — and non-selling races. Non-selling races come in three types — allowance, optional claiming, and starter handicap races. The goal of the racing office is to write competitive races with full fields of horses. And the goal of the horses is to become stakes horses, but they must win their way up the class ladder, which is called winning through their conditions. Conditions are the eligibility requirements of a horse running in a race, such as age, sex, number of wins, and amount of money won.

Horse racing would be awfully boring, and practically unbettable if in every race, one horse is so dominant over the rest of the field that he goes off at 1/5 odds, wins, and pays $2.40.

At every racetrack, the racing secretary's office produces a condition book that outlines all the races coming up in the next two to three weeks. In theory, the condition book mirrors the class levels of horses residing in the barn area. The racing secretary writes the condition book so that every horse has a good chance of winning at least one race in the book.

Read on to understand how a racing office puts together the horse racing product that you handicap and bet on regularly.

Maiden races: Where it all begins

Each year, more than 35,000 Thoroughbred racehorses are foaled (born). Every foal starts out with the hope that he or she may become a future champion. The reality, however, is that some racehorses are destined for a much brighter future than other racehorses, due to pedigree and training. Every young horse does have one thing in common, though: They all begin as maidens, meaning they've never won a race.

Logically enough, races for maidens are called maiden races. Within the maiden ranks are different class levels:

  • Maiden claiming races: In maiden claiming races, the horses are eligible to be claimed(purchased) out of the race by other horsemen. Horses beginning their careers in maiden claiming races have failed to show their connections (owner and trainer) enough talent during training, so they begin their career with a lower level price tag.
  • Maiden special weight races: These races are the highest level of the various maiden races. Horses entered in maiden special weight races are protected in that another horseman can't claim them out of a race. Maiden special weight races come in many conditions based upon age, sex, surface, and distance. A trainer should be able to find the right spot for his maiden to win — whether it's in a sprint or route race, dirt or turf race, and so on.

The owner and trainer prefer that their horse breaks its maiden (wins for the first time) in a maiden special weight. Doing so proves the horse has some quality and may develop into a nice runner. If a horse struggles to graduate (win its first race) in a maiden special weight race, it's dropped down in class into maiden claiming races.

One thing to remember as a budding handicapper is not to give up on young horses too soon. To catch long shot priced horses, you need to be a forgiving handicapper and forgive a bad race or two. Horses throw in clunker races now and then — especially maidens. To catch good mutuel prices, you need to forgive those bad races and project when the horse will run its best.

Horses run in maiden races to create a larger pool of winners for the next condition. After a horse breaks its maiden, it moves one step up the ladder towards the top of the pyramid to face winners that have broken their maiden and a whole new set of race conditions. Depending on the horse's abilities, it either moves on to claiming races or non-selling races.

Claiming races: Where every horse is for sale

The meat and potato races in horse racing are called claiming races. Every horse entered in a claiming race is eligible to be claimed, meaning bought out of the race. All you need is an owner's license in that state and money on deposit in a horseman's account. Presto — you can claim a racehorse.

Common sense rules in claiming races, so the competition remains fairly equal. For example, if you own a horse worth $30,000, and your trainer enters it into a claiming race for $10,000, chances are you'll win the race and have the horse claimed from you. The winning purse amount won't be enough to make up the difference of the value of the horse you just lost. In essence, you sold a $30,000 horse to another trainer for $10,000. Make enough negative cash flow transactions, and you'll soon be out of the horse-owning business.

Some of the best races to handicap could be called hard knocking veteran claimers. These are older claiming horses that keep running every few weeks. Usually, there are full fields to handicap because the class level is populated with a lot of horses. Depending on the price scale at the racetracks near you, it may be a $35,000 claimer in Southern California and New York, a $20,000 claimer in Kentucky and Florida, or a $10,000 claimer at Philadelphia Park and Mountaineer. This class level is around the median for those racetracks. You'll see a lot of geldings that run every few weeks and grind out purses for their owner and trainer.

You see a certain amount of gamesmanship among the owners and trainers in the claiming game. Claiming a bad-legged racehorse is like buying a lemon of a used car. You need to kick the tires a few times and check under the hood before you buy or bet. Most horses usually run to their true worth. Improving horses move up the claiming ladder, and those horses that don't show improvement drop in class.

Non-selling races: Another step up the ladder

If a horse that broke its maiden shows real promise, the preference is to skip the claiming races and move forward into non-selling races — races where the entrants can't be claimed. After all, the owner and trainer have a lot invested in each horse and want to protect that investment. Successful claiming horses can also move up to this level if their trainers and owners think they have a shot in this new category. The three categories of non-selling races are allowance, optional claiming, and starter allowance — allowance being the highest level within this category and starter allowance being the lowest.

Stakes and handicap races: The top of the pyramid

At the top of the horse pyramid are the best runners on the grounds — the stakes horses andhandicap horses. These horses have gone up the ladder, breaking their maiden and winning through their allowance conditions, and now they're tackling the best horses at the racetrack. They also face invaders who ship in from other racetracks to try and steal a rich purse.

These are the kind of horses and races you see at the racetrack or OTB and on television in the feature races on weekends and holidays. The racing secretary cards overnight stakes, restricted stakes, non-graded stakes, and stakes graded 3, 2, and 1. These stakes horses are the crème de la crème, the kind you're willing to spend good money to see run.

Here are explanations and examples of each category of stakes race:

  • Grade 1 stakes: These stakes exemplify the very best races in the country. For example, the Triple Crown races — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes — are grade 1 stakes. In races of this caliber, you expect to see champion racehorses competing against the very best in their respective divisions. The richest purses tend to be grade 1 stakes, because the best horses follow the money.
  • Grade 2 stakes: These stakes are considered a cut below grade 1, but they attract a very talented group of horses. A stakes race can move up or down in grade depending on the caliber of horse that runs in it. For example, if a grade 2 stakes has horses in it that normally run in a grade 1 stakes, the race may be upgraded the following year to grade 1 status.
  • Grade 3 stakes: Another level down from grade 1 and grade 2 stakes, these stakes have a noticeably smaller purse because they attract a lesser caliber of stakes horse. Still, the competition is keen, and the field sizes can be large because the race draws starters from a bigger pool of horses. There are more grade 3 caliber stakes horses than grade 1 caliber horses.
  • Non-graded stakes: The vast majority of stakes races don't have grades 1, 2, or 3. However, that doesn't mean the horses aren't any good. Quite the contrary. At a major racetrack, a non-graded stakes may be a stepping stone race to a graded stakes. At a smaller racetrack, a non-graded stakes can attract the best horses on the grounds. Any stakes race at any track attracts a very good caliber of racehorse.
  • Restricted stakes: These stakes are written for horses born in a specific state. For example, there are programs for horses born specifically in California, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, to name a few. So, for example, in a California-bred stakes race, only horses born in California can compete.
  • Overnight stakes: These stakes are written with three days advance notice. In a way, these are high-level glorified allowance races. They carry a higher purse than allowance races. For most stakes races, a horse has to be nominated (pay a fee to become eligible) a month or two before the date it's scheduled to run. This nomination process allows horsemen to point for a race and the marketing and publicity departments at the racetrack to promote the race.

The top stakes are awarded a grading of 1, 2, and 3 to let everybody know what the most important races are. Every racing office has a person called a stakes coordinator assigned to recruit horses for these stakes. It's a matter of pride for racetracks to card a big stakes race and have the best horses in their region, and for that matter in the country, participate.

Triple Crown - This consists of three top horse races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. If a thoroughbred wins all three of these races, this is considered the greatest accomplishment by a race horse.

Belmont Stakes - The Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown, started the current distances of one and a half miles in 1926. This famous horse race is referred to as "The Test of The Champion" with this being the most difficult leg of the Triple Crown or "Run for the Carnations" with the winning horse being blanketed with white carnations. Although the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup Classic are the biggest races in North America; the Belmont Stakes is bigger than any other horse race as it is the culmination of the Triple Crown happening three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.

Kentucky Derby - The Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown, is held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. This famous race is referred to as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" with the winning horse blanketed with red roses. Run at a distance of a mile and a quarter this tends to be the farthest distance a thoroughbred has run up to this point, and this race tends to also be the largest field a thoroughbred has competed against.

Preakness Stakes - he Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is held annually on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. This famous horse race is run at a distance of 13/16 miles, and tends to be extremely exciting because there is a possibility of a Triple Crown winner if the Kentucky Derby winner also wins the Preakness Stakes.

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Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Nomination Policy

Churchill Downs has adjusted its policy on supplemental nominations to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) to make supplemental entrants eligible to make the field for the race if they have qualified on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system.Previous track policy allowed supplemental nominations to be accepted for the Kentucky Derby at the time of entry on the Wednesday before the race with payment of a $200,000 fee, but preference was given to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who were original Triple Crown nominees during its early and late nomination periods. Under the adjusted policy, supplemental nominees will be allowed to be part of the maximum field of 20 horses in the 1 ¼-mile classic if their point totals through the Road to the Kentucky Derby series rank them in the Top 20 among 3-year-old Thoroughbreds entered for the race.

The $200,000 supplemental Triple Crown nomination fee paid prior to the Kentucky Derby goes directly into the Derby purse of $2 million guaranteed and makes the supplemental entrant eligible for all three Triple Crown races.

“When Churchill Downs set the previous policy on supplemental entrants to the Kentucky Derby we were hoping to encourage early nominations to the Triple Crown,” said Ben Huffman, Churchill Downs Racing Secretary. “We think we did so, but ended up punishing horses that were ultimate late-blooming candidates for the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown who would have otherwise qualified to compete in those races. The change in policy provides those horses with a chance to run in the Derby and benefits all owners with horses in the race because the $200,000 supplemental fee will be part of the race purse.”

The only supplemental nominee to compete in the Kentucky Derby was Greeley’s Galaxy, who finished 11th behind Giacomoin the 2005 Derby after owner B. Wayne Hughes paid the $200,000 supplemental fee.  He made the race as the final entrant in the maximum of field of 20 horses entered that year.

Not as fortunate was James Tafel’s Unshaded, who was not an original nominee to the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown but acquired the needed graded stakes earnings to compete in the Derby when he won the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (GII) at Keeneland. But more than 20 original nominees were entered in that Kentucky Derby and Unshaded was on the outside looking in when favored Fusaichi Pegasus won that renewal of the “Run for the Roses.”

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 and will be televised by NBC Sports. The Longines Kentucky Oaks, which will also be run for the 140th time, is scheduled for Friday, May 2 and will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

 Introducing the new 2014 “Road to the Kentucky Derby series” point system that will include 36 Stakes Races Worldwide on a combination of dirt and synthetic surfaces with only one qualify turf race between September 29, 2013 and May 1, 2014. In lieu of the recent trend in most major US sports, like the “Fed Ex Cup” in Golf, “The Chase” in Nascar and the playoff systems in Major League Baseball and NFL Football, the Kentucky Derby Committee created a very interesting new system that will award points for the top four finishers in 36 races during 4 phases of this 2013-2014 Kentucky Derby Prep Race Season.

The top 20 point earners upon completion of the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs will be awarded a spot in the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Up to 24 top point earners may enter the race and four horses can enter as Kentucky Derby “also eligible's”, this means that if a horse scratches they could draw into the field, in the order of point merit, within the days leading up to the 140th “Run For The Roses” on May 3rd, 2014.

The New point structure is shown in detail below, there are four phases to the season with a “Prep Season” and “Wild Card” capping the “Championship Season” for three year olds.  The goal of the new system is to secure the horses that are in their top form leading to Kentucky Derby Day.  In the previous arrangement, a horse that won the Breeders Cup Juvenile as a 2 Year Old, (New Years Day) had won more than enough money to be guaranteed a spot in the race.  The problem was that the race was more than 5 months from first Saturday in May and several horses weren’t healthy enough to compete.

“Kentucky Derby Prep Season” -  September to February.

This includes the big 2 YO Stakes Season and Breeders Cup Juvenile. Points Awarded for the following finishing positions in the races included in this phase.

  • 1st = 10 points
  • 2nd = 4
  • 3rd = 2
  • 4th = 1 point

Races included in the “Prep Season”

  1. Royal Lodge at Newmarket in England (only turf)
  2.  Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita in CA (Dirt)
  3. Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in KY (Polytrack)
  4. Champagne Stakes at Belmont in NY (Dirt)
  5. Grey Stakes at  Woodbine in Canada (Polytrack)
  6. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in Ca (Dirt)
  7. Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs in LA (Dirt)
  8. Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in NY (Dirt)
  9. Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in KY
  10. CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in CA
  11. Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in CA (Dirt)
  12. Lecomte at Fair Grounds in LA (Dirt)
  13. Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park in AR (Dirt)
  14. Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in FL (Dirt)
  15. Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in CA (Dirt)
  16. Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs in FL (Dirt)
  17. Withers Stakes at Aqueduct in NY (Dirt)
  18. El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate in CA (Synthetic)
  19. Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in AR (Dirt)

“Kentucky Derby Championship Season”

Points earned for this season

  • 1st = 50
  • 2nd = 20
  • 3rd = 10
  • 4th = 5

For the following races:

  1. The Risen Star at Fair Grounds in La (Dirt)
  2. Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in FL (Dirt)
  3. Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in  NY (Dirt)
  4. Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in FL (Dirt)
  5. San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in CA (Dirt)
  6. Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in AR (Dirt)
  7. Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in KY (Polytrack)
  8.  Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in NM (Dirt)

“Road to Ky Derby Derby Series” Phase Three

Points earned for these races.

  • 1st = 100 points
  • 2nd = 40
  • 3rd = 20
  • 4th = 10
  1. The Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in FL (Dirt)
  2. U.A.E. Derby at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai (Tapeta synthetic)
  3. Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in LA (Dirt)
  4. Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in NY (Dirt)
  5. Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita in Ca (Dirt)
  6. Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in AR (Dirt)
  7. Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in KY (Polytrack)

Phase Four “Wild Card” Chance

  • 1st = 20 points
  • 2nd = 8
  • 3rd = 4
  • 4th = 2
  1. Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in KY (Polytrack)
  2. Derby Trial at Churchill Downs in KY (Dirt)

Triple Crown - This consists of three top horse races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. If a thoroughbred wins all three of these races, this is considered the greatest accomplishment by a race horse.

Belmont Stakes - The Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown, started the current distances of one and a half miles in 1926. This famous horse race is referred to as "The Test of The Champion" with this being the most difficult leg of the Triple Crown or "Run for the Carnations" with the winning horse being blanketed with white carnations. Although the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup Classic are the biggest races in North America; the Belmont Stakes is bigger than any other horse race as it is the culmination of the Triple Crown happening three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.

Kentucky Derby - The Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the Triple Crown, is held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. This famous race is referred to as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" with the winning horse blanketed with red roses. Run at a distance of a mile and a quarter this tends to be the farthest distance a thoroughbred has run up to this point, and this race tends to also be the largest field a thoroughbred has competed against.

Preakness Stakes - he Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is held annually on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. This famous horse race is run at a distance of 13/16 miles, and tends to be extremely exciting because there is a possibility of a Triple Crown winner if the Kentucky Derby winner also wins the Preakness Stakes.

For a full list of all the stake races featured in the game, please follow the link :