Kentucky Derby Prep Races

Everyone loves the opportunity to bet on horses and win the biggest prize imaginable — on a single race. These are the possibilities that you have with the Kentucky Derby; as long as you handicap it correctly. Handicapping such a big event means keeping track of everything that happens before the big day. In this regard, Kentucky Derby prep races are a consistent aspect of accomplishing profitable handicapping.

The Kentucky Derby prep races are a series of top 2-3 year old thoroughbreds trying to make their mark in the world of horse racing by winning the Kentucky Derby. In the five-month countdown to the first Saturday in May, there are about 35 important races that will determine the most likely winner of the Kentucky Derby. In addition, these prep races have a few mysterious aspects that a serious Kentucky Derby handicapper will want to take note of.

Kentucky Derby prep races significance

Starting around 1950, handicappers began to notice that there was a group of races that seemed to produce Kentucky Derby winners. Over time, they referred to this list as, “Kentucky Derby prep races”. Today, there are very few variations from what was used in the past.

However, there is one race that has had a significant change in meaning. This is the Derby Trial horse race that is run the week before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. On the website for the Derby Trial, it says that, in the past, it was a part of predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Today, on the other hand, this is considered a prep race for the Belmont Stakes.

The tradition of handicapping Kentucky Derby prep races

Some people are once a year gamblers. For them, the Kentucky Derby is a special event and the only time of year they wager on horses. In many cases in Louisville, Kentucky, handicapping Kentucky Derby prep races is an annual family tradition as opposed to a full time obsession with gambling.

Sadly, the list of 35 prep races is not taken seriously by all online racebook websites. For this reason, you might want to shop around at several gambling websites and cross-compare with the list of Kentucky Derby prep races provided at the bottom of this page.

Cashing in on Kentucky Derby prep races

If you are following these races closely, it only makes sense to bet on them. This way, you are putting your guesses to the challenge by putting your money where your mouth is. Since the same betting pool found at Churchill Downs is also available online, setting up an online betting account for Kentucky Derby prep races is a good way to practice for the actual Kentucky Derby.

All of the betting pools for the Kentucky Derby prep races are interlinked – and this will save you on airfare to Louisville. It only takes a couple of minutes to apply and you usually pay a low $20 minimum deposit. After that, you get information on bonuses and promo coupons and start placing bets right away.

Beyond Kentucky Derby; prep races

When the Kentucky Derby concludes, this is not the end of horse racing season. Instead, the same horses will go on to win two other major races called the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Altogether, the three major races, including the Kentucky Derby, are known as the Triple Crown Trail.

All these Triple Crown Trail races will end by the middle of June. Historically, few horses have won all three Triple Crown races. If it looks like there will be a Triple Crown winner, the opportunities for cashing in big with betting flare up.

After June, there will be other races to consider, including horses older than the two to three year-old Thoroughbred set. Horse racing season in the eastern part of the United States will begin to conclude at many racetracks in the fall. This is also the time for the Jockey Gold Cup race and the Breeders’ Cup.

2012 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

2012 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

Date Race Name Grade Distance Track Purse Winning Beyer Winning Time Winner Place Show
1/7/2012 Sham III 1 Mile Santa Anita Park 100000 99 1:34.56 Out of Bounds Secret Circle Longview Drive
1/16/2012 Smarty Jones 1 Mile Oaklawn Park 100000 1:38.45 Junebugred Reckless Jerry On Fire Baby
1/21/2012 LeComte III 1 Mile 40 Yards Fair Grounds 175000 82 1:43.49 Mr. Bowling Z Dager Shared Property
1/29/2012 Holy Bull III 1 Mile Gulfstream Park 400000 105 1:36.17 Algorithms Hansen My Adonis
2/4/2012 Sam F. Davis III 1 1/16 Miles Tampa Bay 200000 82 1:44.58 Battle Hardened Prospective Reveron
2/4/2012 Robert B. Lewis II 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita Park 200000 96 1:40.84 I’ll Have Another Empire Way Rousing Sermon
2/4/2012 Withers III 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct 200000 90 1:44.23 Alpha Speightscity Tiger Walk
2/9/2012 UAE 2,000 Guineas III 1 Mile (S) Meydan 250000 1:37.72 Kinglet Mickdaam Mehdi
2/11/2012 Hutcheson II 7 Furlongs Gulfstream Park 150000 93 1:24.16 Thunder Moccasin Il Villano Quick Wit
2/18/2012 El Camino Real Derby III 1 1/8 Miles (S) Golden Gate 200000 92 1:50.46 Daddy Nose Best Lucky Chappy Handsome Mike
2/19/2012 San Vicente II 7 Furlongs Santa Anita Park 150000 94 1:21.28 Drill American Act Creative Cause
2/20/2012 Southwest (div 1) III 1 Mile Oaklawn Park 250000 92 1:38.09 Castaway Jake Mo Reckless Jerry
2/20/2012 Southwest (div 2) III 1 Mile Oaklawn Park 250000 102 1:37.08 Secret Circle Scatman Adirondack King
2/23/2012 Meydan Classic 1 Mile (Turf) Meydan 150000 1:40.22 Burano Entifaadha Noor Zabeel
2/25/2012 Risen Star II 1 1/16 Miles Fair Grounds 300000 98 1:42.96 El Padrino Mark Valeski Z Dager
2/26/2012 Fountain of Youth II 1 1/16 Miles Gulfstream Park 400000 95 1:42.68 Union Rags News Pending Discreet Dancer
3/3/2012 John Battaglia Memorial 1 1/16 Miles (S) Turfway Park 100000 1:46.55 State of Play Ill Conceived Dynamical
3/3/2012 Gotham III 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct 400000 95 1:43.84 Hansen My Adonis Finnegans Wake
3/10/2012 Swale III 7 Furlongs Gulfstream Park 150000 99 1:21.69 Trinniberg Hello Prince Ever So Lucky
3/10/2012 San Felipe II 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita Park 300000 102 1:41.84 Creative Cause Bodemeister Midnight Transfer
3/10/2012 Tampa Bay Derby II 1 1/16 Miles Tampa Bay 350000 88 1:43.35 Prospective Golden Ticket Cozzetti
3/11/2012 Palm Beach III 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) Gulfstream Park 150000 88 1:46.56 Howe Great Dullahan Csaba
3/17/2012 Rebel II 1 1/16 Miles Oaklawn Park 500000 92 1:44.55 Secret Circle Optimizer Scatman
3/24/2012 Vinery Racing Spiral III 1 1/8 Miles (S) Turfway Park 500000 92 1:51.33 Went The Day Well Holiday Promise Heavy Breathing
3/25/2012 Sunland Derby III 1 1/8 Miles Sunland Park 800000 100 1:48.59 Daddy Nose Best Isn’t He Clever Stirred Up
3/31/2012 UAE Derby II 1 3/16 Miles (S) Meydan 2000000 1:58.35 Daddy Long Legs Yang Tse Kiang Wrote
3/31/2012 Florida Derby I 1 1/8 Miles Gulfstream Park 1000000 95 1:48.79 Take Charge Indy Reveron Union Rags
4/1/2012 Louisiana Derby II 1 1/8 Miles Fair Grounds 1000000 90 1:50.13 Hero of Order Mark Valeski Rousing Sermon
4/6/2012 Transylvania Stakes III 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) Keeneland 100000 1:41.81 Silver Max Travel Advisory State of Play
4/7/2012 Bay Shore III 7 Furlongs Aqueduct 250000 94 1:23.46 Trinniberg Hardened Wildcat How Do I Win
4/7/2012 Santa Anita Derby I 1 1/8 Miles Santa Anita Park 1000000 94 1:47.88 I’ll Have Another Creative Cause Blueskiesnrainbows
4/7/2012 Wood Memorial I 1 1/8 Miles Aqueduct 1000000 98 1:50.96 Gemologist Alpha Teeth of the Dog
4/7/2012 Illinois Derby III 1 1/8 Miles Hawthorne 500000 86 1:53.88 Done Talking Morgan’s Guerrilla Hakama
4/14/2012 Toyota Blue Grass I 1 1/8 Miles (S) Keeneland 750000 98 1:47.94 Dullahan Hansen Gung Ho
4/14/2012 Arkansas Derby I 1 1/8 Miles Oaklawn Park 1000000 105 1:48.71 Bodemeister Secret Circle Sabercat
4/21/2012 Jerome II 1 Mile Aqueduct 200000 95 1:36.04 The Lumber Guy Brigand Stirred Up
4/21/2012 Coolmore Lexington III 1 1/16 Miles (S) Keeneland 200000 89 1:42.55 All Squared Away Summer Front Hammers Terror
4/28/2012 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial III 1 Mile Churchill Downs 200000 1:35.27 Hierro Paynter Stealcase