Road to the Kentucky Derby Schedule Announced
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Churchill Downs

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 "Road to the Kentucky Derby."

The series of 35 select races19 "Prep Season" races, and 16 "Championship Series" racesis used to determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2, 2015 at Churchill Downs, if more than 20 horses are entered.

The 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, a race formerly known as the Hollywood (1981-2006) and CashCall (2007-13) Futurity at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park, will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos Race Course, home base of  2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. The race produced six Kentucky Derby winners during its run at Hollywood Park.

"The robust commitments by the team at Los Alamitos suggest a strong desire to be included in our series, and we're confident the race is likely to attract aspiring and compelling Derby prospects," said Churchill Downs racetrack president Kevin Flanery. "We're delighted to welcome the Los Alamitos Futurity to the Kentucky Derby 'Prep Season'."

Points awarded to the top four finishers in the Los Alamitos Futurity will be 10-4-2-1 as part of the "Prep Season" that showcases foundation-building races over a minimum of one mile between September and mid-February. It commences Sept. 6 at the home of the Derby with the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles.

The 16 events that comprise the "Kentucky Derby Championship Series" during the 10-week run-up to the first Saturday in May remain unchanged from a year ago.

This is the third consecutive year Churchill Downs will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the top four finishers in choice races to determine preference for its 20-horse Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 1/4-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds every year since 2004, and in 14 of the past 16 years.

In the first two years of the point system, the horses that topped the leaderboard with 150 points each won the  Derby: Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable's Orb   in 2013 and Steve Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome in 2014.

A similar series remains in place to qualify for the Derby's sister race, the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies May 1, 2015.

The lone change to the 31-race "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series is the addition of the $350,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I), a 1 1/16-mile "Prep Season" race scheduled for Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos. Like the Futurity, the Starlet also had been previously run at Hollywood Park.

2014-15 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY
35 Races (16 Championship Series Races)
Kentucky Derby Prep Season (20 races)
Date Race Track Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Sept. 6 Iroquois CD 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Sept. 27 FrontRunner SA 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 4 Champagne BEL 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
Oct. 4 Breeders’ Futurity KEE 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 5 Grey WO 1 1/16 Miles (S) 10 4 2 1
Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile SA 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 22 Delta Downs Jackpot DED 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Nov. 29 Remsen AQU 1 1/8 Miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 29 Kentucky Jockey Club CD 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
+Dec. 20 Los Alamitos Futurity LRC 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 3 Jerome AQU 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 10 Sham SA 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 17 Lecomte FG 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
Jan. 19 Smarty Jones OP 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
Jan. 24 Holy Bull GP 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 31 Withers AQU 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Feb. 7 Robert B. Lewis SA 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Feb. 14 El Camino Real Derby GG 1 1/8 Miles (S) 10 4 2 1
Feb. 16 Southwest OP 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
               
Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)
Date Race Track Distance 1st (Points) 2nd (Points) 3rd (Points) 4th (Points)
Feb. 21 Fountain of Youth GP 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 21 Risen Star FG 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 28 Gotham AQU 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 7 San Felipe SA 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 7 Tampa Bay Derby TAM 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
March 14 Rebel OP 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 21 Spiral TP 1 1/8 Miles (S) 50 20 10 5
22-Mar Sunland Derby SUN 1 1/8 Miles 50 20 10 5
28-Mar UAE Derby MEY 1 3/16 Miles (S) 100 40 20 10
28-Mar Florida Derby GP 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*March 28 Louisiana Derby FG 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 4 Wood Memorial AQU 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 4 Santa Anita Derby SA 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 11 Blue Grass KEE 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
11-Apr Arkansas Derby OP 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 18 Lexington KEE 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
         
2014-15 Road to the Kentucky Derby Changes
Date Race Track Distance Top 4 Points Change    
Dec. 20 LRC LRC 1 1/16 Miles 10-4-2-1 Added    
               
* Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on previous year’s placement. Schedule subject to change.
               
2014-15 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS
31 Races (14 Championship Series Races)
Kentucky Oaks Prep Season (17 races)
Date Race Track Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Sept. 6 Pocahontas CD 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Sept. 27 Chandelier SA 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 3 Alcibiades KEE 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 4 Frizette BEL 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
Oct. 5 Mazarine WO 1 1/16 Miles (S) 10 4 2 1
Nov. 1 BC Juvenile Fillies SA 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 22 Delta Downs Princess DED 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
*Nov. 29 Demoiselle AQU 1 1/8 Miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 29 Golden Rod CD 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
+Dec. 13 Starlet LRC 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 3 Busanda AQU 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 3 Santa Ynez SA 6 ½ Furlongs 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 17 Silverbulletday FG 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
Jan. 24 Forward Gal GP 7 Furlongs 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 31 Busher AQU 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Jan. 31 Martha Washington OP 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 31 Las Virgenes SA 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
         
Kentucky Oaks Championship Series (14 races)
Date Race Track Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Feb. 21 Davona Dale GP 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 21 Rachel Alexandra FG 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
Feb. 26 UAE Oaks MEY 1 3/16 Miles (S) 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 28 Santa Ysabel SA 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
7-Mar Honeybee OP 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 21 Bourbonette Oaks TP 1 Mile (S) 50 20 10 5
22-Mar Sunland Park Oaks SUN 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
28-Mar Gulfstream Park Oaks GP 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*March 28 Fair Grounds Oaks FG 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 4 Santa Anita Oaks SA 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 4 Gazelle AQU 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 4 Ashland KEE 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
4-Apr Fantasy OP 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 12 Beaumont KEE 7 Furlongs 10 4 2 1
         
2014-15 Road to the Kentucky Oaks Changes
Date Race Track Distance Top 4 Points Change    
Dec. 13 Starlet LRC 1 1/16 Miles 10-4-2-1 Added    
               
* Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on previous year’s placement. Schedule subject to change.

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