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Previously, nominated horses had preference over supplemented horses.
In 2014, Vinceremos, Harry's Holiday and Commanding Curve each had the lowest point total with 20.
DEAD HEATS – In the event of a dead heat in a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division.
If the originally published purse is halved for each division, points will be halved as well.
One position in the Kentucky Derby will be awarded to the horse with the most points in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby”.
Entries Up to 24 horses may enter the Kentucky Derby, with 20 qualifying for the starting gate.
If two or more horses have the same number of points, which can often be the case whenever a point system is introduced, the tiebreaker to get into the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether they are graded or not. In the event of a dead-heat in a Road to the Kentucky Derby race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
Once early nominations to the Triple Crown are released, usually in late January, horses not nominated do not appear on the leaderboard for Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
After the deadline for late nominations to the Triple Crown expires, usually in late March, horses with potential points made eligible at that time are awarded said points retroactively, just as graded stakes earnings were in the previous eligibility system.
If the top point-earner declines, the horse with the second-most points may accept.
If the second-most point-earner declines, the horse with the third-most points may accept.
The Kentucky Derby Prep Season includes races on dirt going two turns over distances of at least one mile that are run between September and mid-February.