On Tuesday, Churchill Downs revealed a preliminary list of races that could be used as an extension of the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby prep schedule, pending agreement by the host tracks.
The 146th Derby was rescheduled for 5th September from its traditional spot in May, the first Saturday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The other legs of the Triple Crown – The Preakness and Belmont – have yet to be rescheduled. Points to the top four finishers would be worth 150-60-30-15 if they are run before the Derby.
In May, the lone prep race will be the $150,000 Matt Winn on May 23 at Churchill Downs. The top four finishers will get points of 50-20-10-5. That’s an increase from the previously announced points of 10-4-2-1.
On a regional basis, other preps have been added, and once the New York Racing Association finalizes its stakes schedule, more preps could be added to the series. Based on their proximity to all Triple Crown races, the point values for each race will be subject to readjustment.
“We’re in the midst of an unprecedented year, and this year’s Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown will be one of the most memorable of our lifetimes,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing for Churchill Downs Inc. “This will continue to evolve, including date placement, as host tracks firm up their plans.”
With the winner guaranteed a spot in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby, the Santa Anita Derby remains a main qualifying race. Followed by 40-20-10 for second through fourth, the winner will get 100 points. It is worth 50-20-10-5 for the Shared Belief and Los Alamitos Derby awards 20-8-4-2 points.
Other races added and they were Pegasus (20-8-4-2) and the Haskell (100-40-20-10) at Monmouth; Indiana Derby (20-8-4-2) at Indiana Grand, Matt Winn (50-20-10-5) at Churchill Downs, Blue Grass Stakes (100-40-20-10) at Keeneland and Ellis Park Derby (50-20-10-5).
The schedule is:
– East: Pegasus (20-8-4-2) and Haskell (100-40-20-10) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey
– Midwest: Indiana Derby (20-8-4-2); Matt Winn (50-20-10-5); Ellis Park Derby (50-20-10-5) and Blue Grass (100-40-20-10)
– West: Los Alamitos Derby (20-8-4-2); Santa Anita Derby (100-40-20-10); and Shared Belief (50-20-10-5) at Del Mar
In the coming weeks, adjustments will be made to the Road to the Derby for Europe and Japan.
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