Derby is May 2, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races — 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races — will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015.
The 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, a race formerly known as the Hollywood (1981-2006) and CashCall (2007-13) Futurity at the now-shuttered Betfair Hollywood Park, will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, Dec. 20. The race produced six Kentucky Derby winners during its run at Hollywood Park.
Points awarded to the Top 4 finishers in the Los Alamitos Futurity will be 10-4-2-1 as part of the “Prep Season” that showcases foundation-building races over a minimum of one mile between September and mid-February. It commences Sept. 6 at the home of the Derby with the $100,000 Iroquois (GIII) over 1 1/16 miles.
This is the third consecutive year that Churchill Downs Racetrack will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the Top 4 finishers in choice races to determine preference for its 20-horse Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds every year since 2004, and 14 of the last 16 years.