Kentucky Derby Prep Races 2021

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby includes many prep events as horses try to score points to earn enough to be invited to race on the first Saturday of May every year. In 2021 that race will be on Saturday 1 May.

The winners of the Japanese and European roads will earn an invitation, should the top horse turn it down then the offer will go to the next qualifying horse. If none of the top four horses accept the offer then an extra place will be awarded to the next placed horse on the American road who didn't earn an automatic qualification bid.

As we get closer to the Kentucky Derby, in general the points for each prep race increases significantly.

20 horses will earn an offer with four more classed as 'also eligible' should any of the main field drop out.

Our Road to Kentucky Derby Points standings are updated after every event and you can find that link at the bottom of the page.

Below please find all the prep races for the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby along with their venue, date and the points up for grabs in each race.

*Last updated after the Remsen Stakes

Latest Road to Kentucky Points Standings
Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule 20/21 (US)
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Winner
  • Points

Date

  • September 5
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 10
  • November 6
  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 18
  • December 19
  • January 1
  • January 2
  • January 16
  • January 23
  • January 30
  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 6
  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 13
  • February 13
  • February 19
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 6
  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27
  • March 27
  • March 30
  • April 1
  • April 1
  • April 1
  • April 10
  • April 10

Track

  • Churchill Downs
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Keeneland
  • Belmont Park
  • Keeneland
  • Churchill Downs
  • Aqueduct
  • Remington Park
  • Los Alamitos RC
  • Aqueduct
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Fair Grounds
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Aqueduct
  • Tampa Bay Downs
  • Turfway Park
  • Golden Gate Fields
  • Fair Grounds
  • Fair Grounds
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Aqueduct
  • Tampa Bay Downs
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Turfway Park
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Fair Grounds
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Meyden
  • Sunland Park
  • Santa Anita
  • Aqueduct
  • Keeneland
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Keeneland

Winner

  • Sittin On Go
  • Get Her Number
  • Essential Quality
  • Jackie's Warrior
  • Essential Quality
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Brooklyn Strong
  • Senor Buscador
  • Spielberg
  • Capo Kane
  • Life is Good

Points

  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 50-20-10-5
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 100-40-20-10
  • 20-8-4-2
Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule 20/21 (Europe)
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Winner
  • Points

Date

  • September 26
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 24
  • March 1
  • March 4
  • April 1

Track

  • Newmarket
  • The Curragh
  • Longchamp
  • Doncaster
  • Dundalk
  • Kempton Park
  • Chelmsford

Winner

  • New Mandate
  • High Definition
  • Sealiway
  • Aberama Gold

Points

  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 10-4-2-1
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 20-8-4-2
Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule 20/21 (Japan)
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Winner
  • Points

Date

  • November 28
  • December 16
  • TBA
  • TBA

Track

  • Tokyo
  • Kawasaki
  • Tokyo
  • Nakayama

Winner

  • Lemon Pop

Points

  • 10-4-2-1
  • 20-8-4-2
  • 30-12-6-3
  • 40-16-8-4

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