The Ellis Park Derby, which is slated for the second weekend in August, could play a role in filling the rescheduled Kentucky Derby in September.
Churchill Downs announced Tuesday a preliminary list of races that could be used for the Road to the Kentucky Derby, and the Ellis Park Derby is one of nine races on that list.
The Ellis Park Derby will be ran either Aug. 8 or 9 — four weeks ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ellis Park Derby is a 1 1/8-mile stakes race with a purse that is still to be determined, according to Ellis Park general manager Jeff Inman.
The top four finishers in the prep races will earn points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby with the Ellis Park Derby winner earning 50 points with 20 for second, 10 for third and five for fourth.
The other two legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown – the Preakness and Belmont Stakes – have yet to be rescheduled. Should those races be scheduled in advance of the Kentucky Derby, points to the top four finishers will be worth 150-60-30-15.