With the Breeders’ Cup in the books at Churchill Downs, the next big event to look forward to at the Kentucky track is the Kentucky Derby.

In order to qualify for the “Run for the Roses,” horses must qualify in a series of races called “Road to the Kentucky Derby.”

Kentucky Derby qualifying points are awarded to the top-four finishers in each qualifying race. The 20 horses with the most points will earn a starting position for the 145th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Points awarded during the Road to the Kentucky Derby are worth 10-4-2-1 to the top four placings except for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which is worth twice as much (20-8-4-2).

The 16-race “Championship Series” are worth more points, highlighted by the UAE Derby, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby and Arkansas Derby.

2018-19 Road to Kentucky Derby Schedule 

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)

Road to the 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)