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    The Kentucky Derby is only three months away. Yes, only three months. That may sound like a lot of time to some, but for a horse hopeful of filling one of the 20 slots in the Derby field that means that he (or she) has about three races in which to earn enough graded stakes to make the limited field. The 20 horses with the most graded stakes will have the opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby.

    Beginning next week, we’ll look at one prep race a week and get to know the horses hoping to become the 138th Kentucky Derby winner. So, print the schedule below and get ready to talk Derby!
     

    DATE

    STAKES

    DISTANCE

    PURSE

    RACE TRACK

    01/21/12

    LeComte Stakes (G3)

    1 Mile 40 Yds.

    $175,000

    Fair Grounds

    01/29/12

    Holy Bull (G3)

    1 Mile

    $400,000

    Gulfstream Park

    02/04/12

    Robert B. Lewis (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $200,000

    Santa Anita

    02/04/12

    Sam F. Davis (G3)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $200,000

    Tampa Bay Downs

    02/04/12

    Withers (G3)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $200,000

    Aqueduct

    02/09/12

    UAE 2,000 Guineas (G3)

    1 Mile (Synthetic)

    $250,000

    Meydan Race Course

    02/11/12

    Hutcheson (G2)

    7 Furlongs

    $150,000

    Gulfstream Park

    02/18/12

    El Camino Real Derby (G3)

    1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)

    $200,000

    Golden Gate

    02/19/12

    San Vicente (G2)

    7 Furlongs

    $150,000

    Santa Anita

    02/20/12

    Southwest (G3)

    1 Mile

    $250,000

    Oaklawn Park

    02/25/12

    Risen Star (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $300,000

    Fair Grounds

    02/26/12

    Fountain of Youth (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $400,000

    Gulfstream Park

    03/03/12

    Gotham (G3)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $400,000

    Aqueduct

    03/10/12

    Tampa Bay Derby (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $350,000

    Tampa Bay Downs

    03/10/12

    San Felipe (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $300,000

    Santa Anita

    03/10/12

    Swale (G3)

    7 Furlongs

    $150,000

    Gulfstream Park

    03/11/12

    Palm Beach (G3)

    1 1/8 Mile (Turf)

    $150,000

    Gulfstream Park

    03/17/12

    Rebel (G2)

    1 1/16 Mile

    $500,000

    Oaklawn Park

    03/24/12

    Vinery Spiral (G3)

    1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)

    $500,000

    Turfway Park

    03/25/12

    Sunland Derby (G3)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $800,000

    Sunland Park

    03/31/12

    Florida Derby (G1)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $1,000,000

    Gulfstream Park

    03/31/12

    UAE Derby (G2)

    1 3/16 Mile (Synthetic)

    $2,000,000

    Meydan Race Course

    04/01/12

    Louisiana Derby (G2)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $1,000,000

    Fair Grounds

    04/06/12

    Transylvania (G3)

    1 1/16 Mile (Turf)

    $100,000

    Keeneland

    04/07/12

    Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (G1)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $1,000,000

    Aqueduct

    04/07/12

    Santa Anita Derby (G1)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $1,000,000

    Santa Anita

    04/07/12

    Illinois Derby (G3)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $500,000

    Hawthorne

    04/07/12

    Bay Shore (G3)

    7 Furlongs

    $250,000

    Aqueduct

    04/14/12

    Arkansas Derby (G1)

    1 1/8 Mile

    $1,000,000

    Oaklawn Park

    04/14/12

    Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

    1 1/8 Mile (Synthetic)

    $750,000

    Keeneland

    04/21/12

    Coolmore Lexington (G3)

    1 1/16 Mile (Synthetic)

    $200,000

    Keeneland

    04/21/12

    Jerome (G2)

    1 Mile

    $200,000

    Aqueduct

    04/28/12

    The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (G3)

    1 Mile

    $200,000

    Churchill Downs

    05/05/12

    KENTUCKY DERBY Presented by YUM! Brands (G1)

    1 ¼ Mile

    $2,000,000

    Churchill Downs

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