The Kentucky Derby

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. 

2021-2022 Points Winners:


(updated 11/04/21)

Rattle N Roll 10

Jack Christopher 10


Major General 10

Double Thunder  4


Pappacap  4

Commandperformance  4

Tough to Tame  4

Wit  2

Classic Causeway  2

Oviatt Class  2

Red Knobs  2

American Sanctuary  1

My Prankster  1

Bourbon Heist  1


 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