The Kentucky Derby will next be held on May 7, 2022 at Churchill Downs. In the latest press release on this event, they were very clear that ome trainers could not participate. Those they suspected of cheating and have been suspended. The following is the exact wording that is used and they are very specific without naming any names.
Effective Sept. 30, 2021, points from any race in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” will not be awarded to any horse trained by any individual who is suspended from racing in the 2022 Kentucky Derby or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer. Should a horse trained by a suspended trainer, or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer, finish in a position that would have earned points in a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race occurring after Sept. 30, 2021, the points associated with that finish position will be vacated.
The same rules apply for the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series, which awards points to fillies to qualify for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 6, 2022.
In the Kentucky Derby Prep races, they have added one more to make it 37 races. It is known as the Gun Runner and has a $1m purse with the race taking place at the Fair Grounds and is for the year old.
Here is the schedule for late 2021 and the schedule for 2022 up to the Derby in May. Points are accumulated for placing 1 through 4 and they are used to qualify for the Derby. Winner receives 10 points, 2nd get 4 points and third place receiving 2 points and if you get 4th the horse gets one point. The top 18 points winners garner a spot to race in the Kentucky Derby along with two European horse and one from Japan.
The Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule
(Date, Race Name, Horse Track, Length of Race)
Sept 18 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 mile (completed)
Oct 1 American Pharaoh Santa Anita 1 1/16 mile
Oct 2 Champagne Belmont Park 1 mile
Oct 9 Breeder’s Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 mile
Nov 5 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Del Mar 1 1/16 mile
Nov 27 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1 /16 mile
Dec 4 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 mile
Dec 17 Springboard Mile Churchill Downs 1 mile
Dec 18 Los Alamitos Futurity Loa Alamitos 1 1/16 mile
Dec 26 Gun Runner Fair Grounds 1 1 /16 mile
Jan 1 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 mile
Jan 1 Jerome Aqueduct 1 mile
Jan 8 Sham Santa Anita 1 mile
Jan 22 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 mile
Jan 29 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 mile
Feb 5 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 mile
Feb 5 Robert B Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 mile
Feb 5 Sam F Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 mile
Feb 12 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 mile
Feb 19 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 mile
March 4 John Battaglia Memorial Turfway Park 1 1/16 mile
There are seven European Races on the Derby Schedule along with four Japanese races that can accumulate points.
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