Kentucky Derby 138 – Graded stakes schedule [Sports]


The Kentucky Derby is only three months away. Yes, only three months. That may sound like a lot of time to some, but for a horse hopeful of filling one of the 20 slots in the Derby field that means that he (or she) has about three races in which to earn enough graded stakes to make the limited field. The 20 horses with the most graded stakes will have the opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Beginning next week, we’ll look at one prep race a week and get to know the horses hoping to become the 138th Kentucky Derby winner. So, print the schedule below and get ready to talk Derby!

01/21/12LeComte Stakes (G3)1 Mile 40 Yds.$175,000 Fair Grounds
01/29/12Holy Bull (G3)1 Mile$400,000 Gulfstream Park
02/04/12Robert B. Lewis (G2)1 1/16 Mile$200,000 Santa Anita
02/04/12Sam F. Davis (G3)1 1/16 Mile$200,000 Tampa Bay Downs
02/04/12Withers (G3)1 1/16 Mile$200,000 Aqueduct
02/09/12UAE 2,000 Guineas (G3)1 Mile (Synthetic)$250,000 Meydan Race Course
02/11/12Hutcheson (G2)7 Furlongs$150,000 Gulfstream Park
02/18/12El Camino Real Derby (G3)1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)$200,000 Golden Gate
02/19/12San Vicente (G2)7 Furlongs$150,000 Santa Anita
02/20/12Southwest (G3)1 Mile$250,000 Oaklawn Park
02/25/12Risen Star (G2)1 1/16 Mile$300,000 Fair Grounds
02/26/12Fountain of Youth (G2)1 1/16 Mile$400,000 Gulfstream Park
03/03/12Gotham (G3)1 1/16 Mile$400,000 Aqueduct
03/10/12Tampa Bay Derby (G2)1 1/16 Mile$350,000 Tampa Bay Downs
03/10/12San Felipe (G2)1 1/16 Mile$300,000 Santa Anita
03/10/12Swale (G3)7 Furlongs$150,000 Gulfstream Park
03/11/12Palm Beach (G3)1 1/8 Mile (Turf)$150,000 Gulfstream Park
03/17/12Rebel (G2)1 1/16 Mile$500,000 Oaklawn Park
03/24/12Vinery Spiral (G3)1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)$500,000 Turfway Park
03/25/12Sunland Derby (G3)1 1/8 Mile$800,000 Sunland Park
03/31/12Florida Derby (G1)1 1/8 Mile$1,000,000 Gulfstream Park
03/31/12UAE Derby (G2)1 3/16 Mile (Synthetic)$2,000,000 Meydan Race Course
04/01/12Louisiana Derby (G2)1 1/8 Mile$1,000,000 Fair Grounds
04/06/12Transylvania (G3)1 1/16 Mile (Turf)$100,000 Keeneland
04/07/12Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (G1)1 1/8 Mile$1,000,000 Aqueduct
04/07/12Santa Anita Derby (G1)1 1/8 Mile$1,000,000 Santa Anita
04/07/12Illinois Derby (G3)1 1/8 Mile$500,000 Hawthorne
04/07/12Bay Shore (G3)7 Furlongs$250,000 Aqueduct
04/14/12Arkansas Derby (G1)1 1/8 Mile$1,000,000 Oaklawn Park
04/14/12Toyota Blue Grass (G1)1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)$750,000 Keeneland
04/21/12Coolmore Lexington (G3)1 1/16 Mile (Synthetic)$200,000 Keeneland
04/21/12Jerome (G2)1 Mile$200,000 Aqueduct
04/28/12The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (G3)1 Mile$200,000 Churchill Downs
05/05/12KENTUCKY DERBY Presented by YUM! Brands (G1)1 ¼ Mile$2,000,000 Churchill Downs

Photo: Courtesy Kentucky Derby

About Jessie Oswald
I'm a lifetime Louisville resident with a passion for horse racing. When I'm not working as an immigration paralegal or taking care of my family, I follow Thoroughbred racing and love to share the excitement and beauty of the sport with anyone willing to learn!
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