Kentucky Derby Prep Races

We are in the home stretch of Kentucky Derby prep races with nine left on the docket between early March and the Derby in May. Let’s take a look at the schedule.

On March 13, the Rebel Stakes takes place at Oaklawn Park and is 1/1/16 mile, the points pay out for first place is 50 points, 2nd gets 20, third is handed 10 points and fourth place escapes with 5 points towards qualifying for the Kentucky Derby .

The Louisiana Derby is held on March 20 at the Fair Grounds and is a 1 3/16 miles race with the points getting larger and are doled out 100-40-20-10.

Turfway Park is the scene for the Jeff Ruby Steaks race for 1 1/8 mile and is awarding points 00-40-20-10 on March 27.

The Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park is scheduled for March 27 and is 1 1/8 mile and gives the winner 100 points, then 40,20, 10 points.

When April gets here the Blue Grass Stakes will held on the 3rd at Keeneland and they award the larger points 100-40- 20- 10 for the 1 1/8 mile race.

Final Kentucky Derby Prep Races of Season

Santa Anita Stakes at their home race track is being held on also on April 3rd and is a 1/1/8 mile race with the winner getting 100 points, 2nd place receives 40 points, 3rd place is given 20 points an fourth place receive 10 points to help qualify for the Kentucky Derby on May 1st.

Also on April 3, 2021 is the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct track and is another 1 1/8 race with the larger points be handed out.

On April 10th, there are two Kentucky Derby prep races beginning with the Arkansas Derby taking place Oaklawn Park for another 1 1/8 mile race and the larger points are awarded in this one. The other on this date is the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and is shorter route affair at 1 1/16 mile and is is only garner 20 points for the winner, 8 points for second place, 4 points for the third place finisher and 2 points goes to fourth place.


* Only nine more prep races on the schedule. Keep watching here for more horse racing articles.

About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup. +Feel free to contact Tom at


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