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The Road to the Kentucky Derby looks a lot different this Monday after three races around the world this past weekend handed out a total of 510 qualifying points.
The 100th running of the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby comes our way from Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana this Saturday, March 30. A group of three year olds will be after the winner's share of the $1 million purse and more importantly the 100 points toward qualification in the Kentucky Derby in May when they go 1 1/8 miles on Fair Grounds main track.
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida will be the scene of six graded stakes races on a busy Saturday, March 30. This biggest of which is the Grade 1 Florida Derby - a 1 1/8 mile race for three year olds looking for the winner's share of the generous $1 million purse and the valuable 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in May.
The Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks goes down this Saturday, March 30 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line as will 100 points toward qualification into the $1 million Kentucky Oaks for three year old fillies willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Gulfstream's main track.
The 2013 $10,000,000 Grade 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse is on tap for this Saturday, March 30 in the United Arab Emirates. The richest horse race in the World brings the best thoroughbred horses from all over the planet together for one big race in front of a rabid crowd of 50,000 fans. The Dubai World Cup is an open race for horses four year olds and upward that are willing to run 1 1/4 miles on the Meydan's synthetic surface.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby ended another chapter this past weekend with the close of the first part of the Championship Series in which 50-20-10-5 points were given out to the first through fourth place finishers. The Grade 3 Spiral Stakes went down at Turfway Park on Saturday and the Sunland Derby took place Sunday.
The Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes comes our way this Sunday, March 24 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured in this 1 1/8 mile turf race as they chase their share of the $150,000 purse.
Sunland Park in New Mexico will be the scene of one of the two Kentucky Derby qualifying races this weekend. The Grade 3 Sunland Derby will go down Sunday March 24. It will feature three year old Derby hopefuls as they chase the winner's share of the $800,000 purse and the 50 points allotted for first place over 1 1/8 miles on Sunland Park's dirt track.
Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky will be the scene of the Grade 3 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks this Saturday, March 23 on the same card that will see 50 points toward Kentucky Derby qualification handed out. Three year old fillies will race one mile on Turfway Park's all weather tack in search of the winner's share of the $100,000 purse and 50 points toward qualification in the Kentucky Oaks May 3.
The 43rd running of the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is on tap for Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky this Saturday, March 23. Three year old males will be featured in this "Road to the Kentucky Derby" points race as they chase the winner's share of the $550,000 purse and the 50 qualifying points that go along with the win. The Derby contenders will go 1 1/8 miles on Turfway Park's polytrack surface.
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