Kentucky Derby qualifying score modified

Churchill Downs tweaked the pathways to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, awarding points to the top five in qualifying races and increasing the relevance of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and season-closing prep events.

Most Derby prep races during the 3-year-old qualifying series will award points on a descending scale of 10-4-3-2-1 after using a 10-4-2-1 system since 2013. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which takes place during the season-ending championships on November 4 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, will increase the score from 20-8-4-2 to 30-12-9-6-3 at in order to differentiate the Grade I event from others during the preparation season.

Selected warm-up races for the 20-Horse Derby have points raised from a scale of 10-4-2-1 to 20-8-6-4-2 to heighten their prominence and motivate hopefuls to start their horse campaigns 3 years earlier in the season, track officials said in a statement.

“We believe these modifications adhere to and further our goal of bringing together the best group of 3-year-olds at the starting gate for a race at the classic 1 1/4 mile distance on the first Saturday in May,” said Vice President and Churchill Downs General Manager Mike Ziegler.

The 149th Kentucky and Oaks Derby for mares will be held May 5-6, 2023. Derby qualifying season kicks off Saturday with the $300,000 Grade III Iroquois Stakes for colts two years at Churchill Downs.

Point changes apply to Oaks qualifiers.

Derby scoring warm-up races include Lecomte at Fair Grounds in Louisiana; Southwest at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas; Withers at Aqueduct, in New York; Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in Florida; Robert B. Lewis in Santa Anita, California; Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs; and the John Battaglia Memorial in Turfway Park, Kentucky.

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