The El Camino Real Derby is a race for 3-year-olds and serves as a prep for the Kentucky Derby. Formerly held at the now-closed Bay Meadows race track, the 1 1/8-mile race has been run at Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco, Calif. since 2009.
The Southwest Stakes is a race for 3-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The race is conducted over 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. It was named for the Southwest Conference that the University of Arkansas was a member of when the race was inaugurated in 1959.
The Risen Star Stakes is a prep race for the Kentucky Derby hosted by Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The race is contested at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt in late February. The Risen Star's namesake, a champion Thoroughbred, won the race when it was called the Louisiana Derby Trial Stakes in 1988. The colt went on to win the Louisiana Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and take home divisional year-end honors.
The Fountain of Youth is a race for sophomores on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. It has been contested at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park in South Florida each February since 1945. The race is named for the mythical spring that gave eternal youth to whomever drank from it. Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon searched unsuccessfully for the spring throughout Florida.
NEW YORK – Sunny Ridge appears to be well on his way toward earning enough points to be part of what probably will be a full 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands after upsetting Flexibility in the Withers Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has sent out his fair share of top-level runners over the years, but there was something about the Jan. 30 performance of Shadwell Stables’ Mohaymen that impressed even a seasoned veteran.
The Lecomte Stakes is a race for 3-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 mile and 70 yard race is run at Fair Grounds. The race is named for one of legendary Thoroughbred racehorse and sire Boston's best sons, Lecomte.
The Sham Stakes is a race for 3-year-olds on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Sham is run in early January at Santa Anita Park at the distance of 1 mile. The race is named for Sham, the Santa Anita Derby winner who is remembered for his rivalry with Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
The Jerome Stakes is the first stop of the year on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, awarding its first four finishers a total of 17 points toward the Kentucky Derby starting gate. The race was first run in 1866 and is the second-oldest stakes race in the United States. Named for Leonard Jerome, founder of Jerome Park Racetrack where the race was originally run, the race has been contested at Morris Park, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack, the current location of the race.