The official last day of fall is Dec. 20. For many racing fans, however, the Cigar Mile Presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct on Dec. 4 marks the end of the autumn racing season. The one-mile contest is traditionally the final grade 1 race of the year in New York, and brings together some of the country’s top middle distance horses.
Welcome to 2022 Kentucky Derby Prospect Snapshots, where we’ll take a look each week at a recent winner on the Triple Crown trail, usually from the Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule from which the race horses earn points toward qualifying.
In a monumental schedule change, Oaklawn Park’s 118th season opens Friday, adding December race dates to the calendar for the first time in the track’s history. The 66-day meet will be conducted largely on a Friday-Sunday basis and will conclude Sunday, May 8.