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Rich Strike winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby

2023 Triple Crown Trail

Updated: 4/15/2023

It's that time of year again when the soon-to-be three-year-old Thoroughbreds start their campaign for the 2023 Kentucky Derby and dream of the elusive Triple Crown. Until mid-April, there will be a prep race somewhere most weekends from now on until the Kentucky Derby to be run on May 6.

Keep checking back with this list as I will post results and links to recaps or stakes histories for all the races weekly. Only races which earn points toward getting in the Kentucky Derby field are included. Since trainer Bob Baffert is suspended from competing in the Kentucky Derby, none of his horses are eligible to earn points, unless they were transferred to new trainers by the February 28 deadline, after which time they can earn points and be eligible to run. You may also want to check the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard since the points earned by contenders are what will determine who gets in the Kentucky Derby at entry time this year.

2022-23 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (21 races)

DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st (Points)2nd (Points)3rd (Points)4th (Points)5th (Points)
Sept. 17 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Curly Jack (10) Honed (4) Red Route One (3) Hayes Strike (2) Confidence Game (1)
Oct. 1 Champagne Aqueduct 1 Mile Blazing Sevens (10) Verifying (4) Gulfport (3) Andiamo a Firenze (2) Champions Dream (1)
Oct. 8 Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Forte (10) Loggins (4) Red Route One (3) Instant Coffee (2) *Newgate (0)
Oct. 8 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles *Cave Rock (0) *National Treasure (0) *Hejazi (0) *Gandolfini (0) Man Child (1)
Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Forte (30) *Cave Rock (0) *National Treasure (0) Blazing Sevens (6) Curly Jack (3)
Nov. 26 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Instant Coffee (10) Curly Jack (4) Hayes Strike (3) Red Route One (2) Dennington (1)
Dec. 3 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Dubyuhnell (10) Arctic Arrogance (4) Tuskeegee Airmen (3) Quick to Accuse (2) Midnight Trouble (1)
Dec. 17 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles Practical Move (10) *Carmel Road (0) *Fort Bragg (0) Tall Boy (2) *Arabian Lion (0)
Dec. 17 Springboard Mile Remington Park 1 Mile @Wildatlanticstorm (0) @Giant Mischief (0) Echo Again (3) Gunflash (2) Campfire Creed (1)
Dec. 26 Gun Runner Fair Grounds 1 1/16 M Jace's Road (10) Raise Cain (4) Determinedly (3) Hayes Strike (2) Andthewinneris (1)
Jan. 1 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 Mile Victory Formation (10) Angel of Empire (4) Dennington (3) Western Ghent (2) How Did He Do That(1)
Jan. 7 Jerome Aqueduct 1 Mile Lugan Knight (10) Arctic Arrogance (4) General Banker (3) Neural Network (2) Andiamo a Firenze (1)
Jan. 8 Sham Santa Anita 1 Mile *Reincarnate (0) *Newgate (0) *National Treasure (0) Packs a Wahlop (2) - (0)
Jan. 21 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles Instant Coffee (20) Two Phil's (8) Confidence Game (6) Denington (4) Bromley (2)
Jan. 28 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles *Arabian Knight (0) Red Route One (8) Frosted Departure (6) Sun Thunder (4) Jace's Road (2)
Feb. 4 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles Rocket Can (20) Shadow Dragon (8) West Coast Cowboy (6) Legacy Isle (4) Il Miracolo (2)
Feb. 4 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles *Newgate (0) *Hard to Figure (0) *Worcester (0) @Arabian Lion (0) - (0)
Feb. 11 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Hit Show (20) Arctic Arrogance (8) General Banker (6) Andiamo a Firenze (4) Prove Right (2)
Feb. 11 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles Litigate (20) Groveland (8) Classic Car Wash (6) Classic Legacy (4) Zydeceaux(2)
Feb. 11 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 Miles (AW) Chase the Chaos (10) *Gilmore (0) Harcyn (3) Passarando (2) *Nullarbor (0)
Mar. 4 John Battaglia Memorial Turfway Park 1 1/16 M (AW) Congruent (20) Scoobie Quando (8) Bromley (6) Moon Landing (4) Miranda Rights (2)
 
Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)
 
DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st (Points)2nd (Points)3rd (Points)4th (Points)5th (Points)
Feb. 18 Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles Angel of Empire (50) Sun Thunder (20) Two Phil's (15) Tapit's Conquest (10) Single Ruler (5)
Feb. 25 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles Confidence Game (50) Red Route One (20) Reincarnate (15) Verifying (10) Bourbon Bash (5)
March 4 Gotham Aqueduct 1 Mile Raise Cain (50) Slip Mahoney (20) General Banker (15) Eyeing Clover (10) Clear the Air (5)
March 4 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles Practical Move (50) Geaux Rocket Ride (20) Skinner (15) hejazi (10) Fort Bragg (5)
March 4 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles Forte (50) Rocket Can (20) Cyclone Mischief (15) Mage (10) Shadow Dragon (5)
March 11 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles Tapit Trice (50) Classic Car Wash (20) Classic Legacy (15) Prairie Hawk (10) Lord Miles (5)
March 25 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles Derma Sotogake (100) Dura Erede (40) Continuar (30) Perriere (20) Go Soldier Go (10)
March 25 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 Miles (AW) Two Phil's (100) Major Dude (40) Funtastic Again (30) Wadsworth (20) Maker's Candy (10)
March 25 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 Miles Kingsbarns (100) Disarm (40) Jace's Road (30) Shopper's Revenge (20) Sun Thunder (10)
March 26 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles Wild On Ice (50) Low Expectations (20) Henry Q (15) How Did He Do That (10) One In Vermillion (5)
April 1 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles Forte (100) Mage (40) Cyclone Mischief (30) Mr. Ripple (20) Fort Bragg(10)
April 1 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles Angel of Empire (100) King Russell (40) Reincarnate (30) Rocket Can (20) Airtime (10)
April 8 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Lord Miles (100) Hit Show (40) Dreamlike (30) Arctic Arrogance (20) Classic Catch (10)
April 8 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles Tapit Trice (100) Verifying (40) Blazing Sevens (30) Sun Thunder (20) Raise Cain (10)
April 8 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles Practical Move (100) Mandarin Hero (40) Skinner (30) National Treasure (20) One in Vermillion(10)
April 15 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles First Mission (20) *Arabian Lion (0) Disarm (6) Dennington (4) Demolition Duke (2)
 
(T) = Turf           (AW) = Synthetic
Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement
* Did not accrue points because trainer is suspended by CDI from competing in 2023 Kentucky Derby
@ Did not accrue points because horse raced with Lasix

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