The Road to the Kentucky Derby
Twenty extraordinary horses will compete for a $2 million purse in the fastest two minutes in sports on May 7 at Churchill Downs. To get an invite to the Kentucky Derby, 35 qualifying races have been selected for The Road To The Kentucky Derby points program.
The first 19 races on the bill make up the Prep Series. These events award 10 points for first place, four points for second place, two points for third and one point for fourth (except for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, which pays out twice as much).
The second leg of The Road To The Kentucky Derby consists of the Championship Series, starting with the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Points are multiplied by 5X, so first-place finishes pay out 50 points instead of 10.
Starting on March 26, point offerings are doubled, so first-place finishes start paying out 100 points instead of 50. At the end of the road, the 20 Thoroughbreds with the most points are invited to compete in the Kentucky Derby in May.
There's no need to wait until then to bet on the Kentucky Derby. Check out the hottest contenders and their odds to win the Run for the Roses on the futures board.
2016 Kentucky Derby Contenders
|1||Gun Runner||Steven Asmussen||10/1||151||$849,200|
|5||Brody's Cause||Dale Romans||12/1||114||$1,100,000|
|8||Mor Spirit||Bob Baffert||18/1||84||$616,800|
|10||Danzing Candy||Clifford Sise, Jr.||25/1||60||$290,000|
|12||Suddenbreakingnews||Donnie Von Hemel||20/1||50||$637,000|
|13||Oscar Nominated||Mike Maker||N/A||50||$321,360|
|16||Tom's Ready||Dallas Stewart||50/1||44||$270,670|
|17||My Man Sam||Chad Brown||25/1||40||$200,000|
|19||Trojan Nation||Paddy Gallagher||N/A||40||$190,000|
|20||Mo Tom||Thomas Amoss||16/1||32||$268,326|
*Thoroughbreds get points for every win, place, show and fourth place finish. The horses that rank in the top 20 at the end of The Road to the Kentucky Derby will earn a spot in horseracing’s premier event.
*Standings and Odds as of April 27, 2016
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