Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby: September Prep Races

Posted by Evan Chronis on Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Over the next seven months, the path will be paved towards Churchill Downs® for the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby®.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a global series of races that determine which horses qualify for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. From September through April, the best two-turned-three year old's in the sport will compete on the American, European and Japanese Roads to the Derby, hoping to secure enough points to earn a place in the starting gates at Churchill Downs on May 2. 

In September, we saw the first two races take place on the American and European roads, with horses getting a jumpstart on Derby contention. 

Let's see what took place in the first month of the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby. 

Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby

Iroquois Stakes

When: September 14
Where: Churchill Downs
Winner: Dennis' Moment

The Road to the Kentucky Derby began where it will eventually end, with the Iroquois Stakes taking off from Churchill Downs.

Dennis' Moment secured the first top finish of the series, with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. riding him to victory and 10 points. 

American Pharoah Stakes

When: September 27
Where: Santa Anita Park
Winner: Eight Rings

Bob Baffert-trained steed Eight Rings got off to a healthy start in the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby with a wire-to-wire victory in the American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita Park. 

The win not only gave Eight Rings 10 points, but also booked him a spot back at Santa Anita Park for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 1. 

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

When: September 28
Where: Newmarket Racecourse (ENG)
Winner: Royal Dornoch

The European Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby began with a victory for legendary trainer Aiden O'Brien. 

Royal Dornoch took to the one mile at Newmarket at record pace, setting a juvenile course-record time of 1:35.13. The win earned Royal Dornoch 10 points and a berth in the Juvenile Turf at the Breeders' Cup World Championships in a month. 

Beresford Stakes

When: September 29
Where: Curragh Racecourse (IRE)
Winner: Innisfree

Aiden O'Brien's dominance continued the day after the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at the Beresford Stakes.

The O'Brien-trained Innisfree took home the top prize and scored 10 points to begin get on the map for a potential trip to Churchill Downs from Europe. 

Kentucky Derby American Road Standings

RANK HORSE POINTS
1

Eight Rings

10
2

Dennis' Moment

10
3

Scabbard

4
4

American Theorem

4
5

Storm the Court

2
6

Lebda

2
7

Letmeno

1
8

Express Train

1

 

Kentucky Derby European Road Standings

RANK HORSE POINTS
1

Royal Dornoch

10
2

Innisfree (IRE)

10
3

Kameko

4
4

Shekhem (IRE)

4
5

Iberia (IRE)

2
6

Gold Maze (GB)

2
7

Year of the Tiger (IRE)

1
8

Camorra (IRE)

1

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