List of Oaklawn Park 2023 Kentucky Derby Prep Races
The Oaklawn Park racing schedule runs from Dec. 9, 2022, through May 6, 2023 in Hotsprings, Arkansas. The track hosts a meet record 45 stakes including 14 graded events. The Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds become popular races to follow and bet on nearly every weekend leading into the 2023 Kentucky Derby on May 6.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby includes 37 races in the U.S. and 10 that will already have been run by New Year’s Day.
Follow along and mark your calendars for the Derby preps at Oaklawn with Kentucky Derby qualifying points awarded to the top five finishers following changes to the scoring system for 2023.
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2023 Kentucky Derby Prep Races at Oaklawn Park
1. $250,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (Jan. 1)
Derby points: 10-4-3-2-1
2. $750,000 Southwest Stakes (Jan. 28)
Grade 3 at 1 1/16 miles
Derby points: 20-8-5-4-2
3. $1 million Rebel Stakes (Feb. 25)
Grade 2 at 1/16 miles
Derby points: 50-20-15-10-5
4. $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (April 1)
Grade 1 at 1 1/8 miles
Derby points: 100-40-30-20-10