The Kentucky Derby is on September 5, 2020 (rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic), and the contenders earn points in selected prep races across the country. Since the Derby field is limited to 20 entrants, there has to be a method for determining which of the many horses who want to enter can get in the race. In the past, graded stakes earnings were used to determine who will get in the field when entries are taken, but many people disliked this system since one good race as a 2-year-old could get a sub-par horse in over a more talented late bloomer. Since 2013, a new points system called the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" where a specific series of 35 prep races each worth a specific amount of points has decided which horses get in the Derby. A similar system is also in place for the Kentucky Oaks run on September 4, but fillies who want in the Derby will have to compete in with the colts for Derby points. While Derby points earned by fillies will also count toward the Oaks, Oaks points will not count towards the Derby.
Below is a list of horses in order of points earned for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as of August 24, 2020. Also included for comparison are their earnings in non-restricted stakes races which also serve as a tie-breaker. There are also a separate Japan Road to the Derby and European Road to the Derby which guarantee a spot to one horse from Japan and one horse from Europe, if they opt to come for the Kentucky Derby. Results and schedule for the Road to the Derby races.
2020 Kentucky Derby Entries - A field of 18 was entered on Tuesday for the Kentucky Derby (G1) to be run on Saturday. Belmont and Travers winner Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning line favorite and drew post 17. Honor A.P. is 5-1 from post 16 and Authentic is 8-1 from post 18. Get all the horses, odds, and free past performances here.
2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of only 9 fillies was entered on Monday for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) to be run on Friday. Undefeated Gamine is the even money morning line favorite with Swiss Skydiver the second choice at 8-5. Get all the horses, odds, and free past performances here.
Monday Kentucky Derby and Oaks works - Monday morning at Churchill Downs, Max Player had a timed work in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, while Art Collector, Major Fed, Necker Island, and Sole Volante galloped. Dream Marie, Shedaresthedevil, and Swiss Skydiver also galloped in preparation for the Oaks. Check out photos and comments here.
Saturday Kentucky Derby and Oaks works - Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, Enforceable, King Guillermo, and Swiss Skydiver had timed works in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, while Attachment Rate had a gallop with a work planned for Sunday. Check out photos and comments here.
Del Mar Workouts 8/28-8/30/2020 - This weekend at Del Mar, Authentic, Gamine, Honor A.P., Storm the Court, and Thousand Words had timed works in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Bonus photos of Maximum Security and McKinzie! Check out photos and comments here.
Pool 5 - June 26-28 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
Pool 6 - July 17-19 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
Pool 7 - August 7-9 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
Kentucky Derby Prep Races - What races should a horse prep in to win the Kentucky Derby? Some races may seem obvious, but have not produced a Derby winner in many years. Find out which races are the best preps here.
Kentucky Derby Winners and Auction Prices - Bigger may seem better, but in the case of Kentucky Derby horses who sold at auction, less is more. Here is a look at how (badly) high priced auction purchases have done in the Kentucky Derby and the auction prices for this year's top Derby contenders.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2019 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks. Revamped for 2019 with updated info.
Kentucky Derby Traditions - Find out all about the big Derby Traditions: the rose garland, the trophy, the Twin Spires, mint juleps, singing "My Old Kentucy Home", fancy hats, celebrities and the annual Derby glasses.
Fillies in the Kentucky Derby - a look at the 39 fillies who have contested the Run for the Roses and how they did. So far there have been 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 5 thirds.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.