New Qualifying Races Added for 2020 Derby

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By Emily Shields

Racing returns this week at Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, and Golden Gate Fields after lengthy delays due to the coronavirus COVID-19. The 2020 Kentucky Derby, originally slated for May 2, has been postponed until September 5. In a move to make races over the summer qualifying events for the Run for the Roses, Churchill Downs announced an extended series of points races.

The first will be the Matt Win (G3) on May 23 at the flagship track. The $150,000 race will carry points of 50 – 20 – 10 – 5 to the top four runners.

The Santa Anita Derby (G1), now worth $400,000 and slated for June 6, will carry points of 100 – 40 – 20 – 10. Horses such as Honor A. P. and the unbeaten Authentic are scheduled to run there.

Two races at Monmouth Park this summer will be worth points, the Pegasus at 20 – 8 – 4 – 2, and the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at 100 – 40 – 20 – 10.

Additional races and points include:

The Indiana Derby (20 – 8 – 4- 2)
The Blue Grass Stakes (100 – 40 – 20 – 10)
The Ellis Park Derby (50 – 20 – 10 – 5)
The Los Alamitos Derby (20 – 8 – 4 – 2)
The Shared Belief Stakes (50 – 20 – 10 – 5)

Additionally, if either the Belmont Stakes (G1) or Preakness Stakes (G1) are run before the Kentucky Derby, points from those races will be awarded as 150 – 60 – 30 – 15.

Churchill Downs has noted that they will continue to examine races as the schedule progresses, for instance if the Travers Stakes (G1) or other notable New York races are slated for before the Kentucky Derby. As of May 13, Nadal tops the points standings at 150, with Tiz the Law second at 122.

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