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Road to the Kentucky Derby

A new points system begins with the 2013 Kentucky Derby, in which points are awarded to the top four finishers of selected prep races. The point values increases as the season goes on. The highest point totals will determine which 20 horses have preference for the Derby on May 4 if more than the maximum are entered. Previously, the field of 20 was determined by grades stakes earnings:

Sept. 29 - FrontRunner, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita (Power Broker, Know More, Capo Bastone)

Sept. 29 - Royal Lodge 1 mile (turf), Newmarket (Steeler, Artigiano, Al Waab)

Oct. 6 - Breeders' Futurity, 1 1/16 M miles, Keeneland (Joha, Dynamic Sky, Java's War)

Oct. 6 - Champagne, 1 mile, Belmont (Shanghai Bobby, Goldencents, Fortify)

Oct. 7 - Grey, 1 1/16 miles, Woodbine (River Seven, Tesseron, Indiano Jones)

Nov. 3 - Breeders' Cup Juvenile, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita (Shanghai Bobby, He's Had Enough, Capo Bastone)

Nov. 17 - Delta Downs Jackpot, 1 1/16 miles, Delta Downs (Goldencents, Bern Identity, Mylute)

Nov. 24 - Remsen 1 1/8 miles, Aqueduct (Overanalyze, Normandy Invasion, Delhomme)

Nov. 24 - Kentucky Jockey Club, 1 1/16 miles, Churchill Downs (Uncaptured, Frac Daddy, Dewey Square)

Dec. 15 - CashCall Futurity, 1 1/16 miles, Hollywood Park (Violence, Fury Kapcori, Den's Legacy)

Jan. 5 - Sham, 1 mile, Santa Anita (Goldencents, Den's Legacy, Manando)

Jan. 19 - Lecomte, 1 mile, 70 yards, Fair Grounds (Oxbow, Golden Soul, Fear The Kitten)

Jan. 21 - Smarty Jones, 1 mile, Oaklawn Park (Will Take Charge, Texas Bling, Always in a Tiz)

Jan. 26 - Holy Bull, 1 1/16 miles, Gulfstream Park (Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby, Clearly Now)

Feb. 2 - Robert B. Lewis, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita (Flashback, Den's Legacy, He's Had Enough)

Feb. 2 - Sam F. Davis, 1 1/16 miles, Tampa Bay Downs (Falling Sky, Dynamic Sky, My Name Is Michael)

Feb. 2 - Withers, 1 1/16 miles, Aqueduct (Revolutionary, Escapefromreality, Siete de Oros)

Feb. 16 - El Camino Real Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Golden Gate Fields (Dice Flavor, Nina's Dragon, Counting Days)

Feb. 18 - Southwest, 1 mile, Oaklawn Park (Super Ninety Nine, Fear the Kitten, Heaven's Runway)

Feb. 23 - Fountain of Youth, 1 1/16 miles, Gulfstream Park (Orb, Violence, Speak Logistics)

Feb. 23 - Risen Star, 1 1/16 miles, Fair Grounds (Ive Struck a Nerve, Code West, Palace Malice)

March 2 - Gotham, 1 1/16 miles, Aqueduct (Vyjack, West Hills Giant, Elnaawi)

March 9 - Tampa Bay Derby, 1 1/16 miles, Tampa Bay Downs (Verrazano, Java's War, Falling Sky)

March 9 - San Felipe, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita (Hear the Ghost, Flashback, Tiz a Minister)

March 16 - Rebel, 1 1/16 miles, Oaklawn Park (Will Take Charge, Oxbow, Den's Legacy)

March 23 - Spiral, 1 1/8 miles, Turfway Park (Black Onyx, Uncaptured, Giant Finish)

March 24 - Sunland Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Sunland Park (Govenor Charlie, Show Some Magic, Abraham)

March 30 - Florida Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Gulfstream Park

March 30 - Louisiana Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Fair Grounds

March 30 - UAE Derby, 1 3/16 miles, Meydan Racecourse

April 6 - Wood Memorial, 1 1/8 miles, Aqueduct

April 6 - Santa Anita Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Santa Anita

April 13 - Arkansas Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Oaklawn Park

April 13 - Blue Grass, 1 1/8 miles, Keeneland

April 20 - Lexington, 1 1/16 miles, Keeneland

April 27 - Derby Trial, 1 mile, Churchill Downs

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