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Kentucky Derby 2024: Prep Races Schedule and Leaderboard as of 3/25/24

Gabby Robles
Gabby Robles
Kentucky Derby 2024: Prep Races Schedule and Leaderboard as of 3/25/24

The path to the 150th Kentucky Derby is heating up, with horses competing in prep races to earn their spot at the prestigious event. Here is what to know about the Kentucky Derby, how it works, and the prep races to watch.

How Do Kentucky Derby Prep Races Work?

Horses pave their way to the Kentucky Derby by competing in designated prep races to earn points toward their overall total, according to the Kentucky Derby official website. The horses with the highest point totals earn a coveted spot at the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.

Derby Prep Race Schedule

Check out the schedule for the 2024 Kentucky Derby Prep Races. Some of the top prep races include the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes.

February 17Risen Star Stakes (G2)Fair Grounds50-25-15-10-5Sierra Leone
February 24Rebel Stakes (G2)Oaklawn50-25-15-10-5Timberlake
March 2Fountain of Youth (G2)Gulfstream Park50-25-15-10-5Dornoch
March 2Gotham (G3)Aqueduct50-25-15-10-5Deterministic
March 2San Felipe (G3)Santa Anita Park50-25-15-10-5Imagination
March 9Tampa Bay Derby (G2)Tampa Bay Downs50-25-15-10-5Domestic Product
March 23Jeff Ruby SteaksTurfway Park100-50-25-15-10Endlessly
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About The Kentucky Derby

When Is The Kentucky Derby?

The 150th Kentucky Derby is set to take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

How Long Is The Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is 1 1/4 miles or 10 furlongs. The race only lasts about two minutes.

How Many Horses Race In The Kentucky Derby?

There are 20 horses selected to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

How Are The Kentucky Derby Horses Selected?

As mentioned previously, horses earn their spot at the Kentucky Derby through a tiered point system. The top 18 point earners from the prep races, along with the top point earners from the Europe and Japan Roads to the Kentucky Derby, earn a spot in the starting gate.

Prep Race Scoring Leaderboard

Here are the current point leaders as of March 25, 2024, according to FanDuel.

1Catching Freedom125Brad H. Cox
2Endlessly100Michael W. McCarthy
3Track Phantom70Steven M. Asmussen
4West Saratoga67Larry W. Demeritte
5Timberlake66Brad H. Cox
6Honor Marie65D. Whitworth Beckman
7Dornoch60Danny Gargan
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How To Bet On The Kentucky Derby and Prep Races

Similar to the Kentucky Derby, you can bet on various outcomes in prep races, including Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, and multi-leg exotics.

You can place your bets on all Derby prep races at FanDuel Racing and FanDuel Sportsbook. Use the FanDuel Sportsbook app in CO, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV, WY. Alternatively, you can bet via FanDuel Racing in AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, IL, IN, LA, KY, MA, MD, MI, ND, NH, NY, NM, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, WA, WV, WY, VA.

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