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KY Derby points system launches

Updated: September 27, 2012, 12:58 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Bloodhorse

The revamped "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series kicks off Sept. 29 with points awarded to the top four finishers in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge at Newmarket and the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

In June, Churchill Downs announced it would institute a qualifying point system for the Kentucky Derby, abandoning the graded stakes criteria that was used from 1986-2012 to determine which 20 horses would have preference for America's greatest race. Condensed to 36 races, points will ...

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