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The Road to Kentucky Derby 34-Race Schedule Released by Churchill Downs

Added on: Aug. 27, 2013

Churchill Downs has hosted thoroughbred race meetings for more than a century now and it has also been home to the Kentucky Derby since as far back as 1875. This racetrack has become one of the most recognised in the world and it is undoubtedly one of America’s finest venues, visted by millions each year.

The Churchill Downs Racetrack officials have recently announced that no less than 34 races will be included in the 2013-14 ‘Road to Kentucky Derby’ series of events. These 34 scheduled races in the ‘Road to Kentucky Derby’ will also consist of 16 Championship Series Races.

This series of races will run for a total of ten weeks, leading up to the first Saturday in May, 2014 (which will fall on May 3rd). This is when the 140th Kentucky Derby (presented by Yum! Brands Grade l) will take place. This year’s Kentucky Derby will also come with a $2,000,000 prize pool and for the second year in a row, a tiered point system will be implemented for certain races and this will help to determine which runners will have preference to the main race.

For example, a staggered point structure / sliding scale of points will be awarded to the top four runners in selected races and when this 'Road to Kentucky Derby’ series of races comes to an end, the top 20 horses that accumulated the most points will start in the Kentucky Derby.

The Churchill Downs Racetrack President, Kevin Flanery, made the following comments, “Our team continues to believe that contraction is best for the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ to flourish.”

He then added, “Many of our internal goals were met at the conclusion of this year’s inaugural series. We established a clear and understandable path to the Derby; saw increased fan interest and wagering; created compelling drama; and ensured that our starting gate was filled with top 3-year-olds that were best prepared to go a mile-and-a-quarter on the first Saturday in May.

With a ‘less-is-more’ approach and continued support from stakeholders and our racetrack partners, we hope to continue to move the ball forward in 2013-14.” These comments were taken from www.kentuckyderby.com . You can also visit this site to find out more about this point system and you can find out more about the upcoming races at Churchill Downs by visiting www.churchilldowns.com.