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The Road to Kentucky Derby: 6 Prep Races for Next Year’s Run

Matt Thompson Nov 4, 2019
Horse racing never gets old as it continues to grow bigger each year. A lot of horse racing tournaments are on the line for all sports fans and racing enthusiasts to enjoy. Each horse racing events offer quality shows that can entice more than hundreds and thousands of bettors all over the world.
The U.S Triple Crown Series is one of the most awaited horse racing games in the world. It is one of the legendary horse racing shows which existed for more than 100 years ago. It is a series that’s composed of three notable races that start in the second quarter of the year and end during mid-year.
The U.S. Triple Crown Series is kicked-off by Kentucky Derby. It serves as the most significant horse racing event out of the three legs, which is Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. TVG Kentucky Derby Racing sets the mood of the whole series. It also features and showcases the world’s greatest racers.
Looking back to the Kentucky Derby this year, it was not quite a good start for the said racing event. It was the first time that the tournament has experienced a controversial ending. It is because Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby.
However, a few minutes later, he was disqualified due to “bumping at the pole” incident. It paves the way for the first-runner up to take away the crown from him by the name of Country House.
Although it was a big challenge for the Kentucky Derby organization to arrive at the said decision, the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes still continue and gave an excellent racing show. The U.S. Triple Crown Series this year might not end up as colorful as the previous years. But 2020 is another year to look forward to and bounce back.
Therefore, as you go along and get prepared for next year’s edition of Kentucky Derby, let’s take time first to know the races that complete each horse aspirant, which makes them a part of this show. We will get to know the 2020 Kentucky Derby Prep races, which will help every thoroughbred racer earn their automatic berth in next year’s “Run For The Roses.”

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is a Grade 1 Stakes event for two-year-old horse racers and geldings. This racing show will start on November 1, 2019, at Santa Anita Park, California. There are around ten entries who will compete in this category, and each of them shows real stability and endurance.
Hence, whoever wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will earn automatic entry for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. The said horse racer will no longer take part in different Kentucky Challenge Series as he will compete with other hopefuls right away who will qualify the said category.

Florida Derby

It is another notable horse racing event which will make the winning racer to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. Florida Derby is a flat racing show competed by horses in a dirt track. It takes place annually in Gulfstream Park, Florida. Besides, each three-year-old thoroughbreds will saddle up in a running distance measuring 9 furlongs.

Santa Anita Derby

It is a Grade 1 Stakes horse racing event conducted annually in the United States. Only three-year-old thoroughbreds are qualified to partake this said event. It is also a racing show which comes as part of the “Road To The Kentucky Derby.” It means that the winner will earn a spot to compete in the “Run For The Roses.”

Wood Memorial Stakes

The Wood Memorial Stakes is another prep racing event for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. It takes place every year in Aqueduct Racetrack, Queens, New York. It is also attended by three-year-old horse racers where each of them competes for a purse prize of $1 million.

Arkansas Derby

The Arkansas Derby takes place every year in the legendary racing field of Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The winner for this horse racing event will automatically earn an entry in the Kentucky Derby.

Blue Grass Stakes

The last prep races that make a horse racer earn an automatic ticket in the Kentucky Derby are Bluegrass Stakes. It takes place annually in the Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Kentucky. Only three-year-old thoroughbreds are qualified to grace the said event.


The 2020 Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, and the horse racing community is looking forward to another excellent edition of the said racing event. Therefore, the prep races mentioned here will surely give a chance to every mighty horse racer to showcase their talents and gets an opportunity to saddle up in the upcoming “Run For The Roses.”