Stars of Racing World Nominated for Kentucky Derby Week Stakes Races

April 15, 2024

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Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Some of the world’s best horses are set to compete at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby week in 22 stakes events worth a whopping $17.5 million.

Nominations for all Kentucky Derby week stakes races outside the $5 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) totaled 709 horses.

The Grade I events run over Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days include the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (31 nominations); $1 million Churchill Downs presented by Ford (31 nominations); $1 million Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (26 nominations); and $1 million Fasig-Tipton La Troienne (21 nominations).

Fasig-Tipton has partnered with Churchill Downs to sponsor three races over the course of the year. In addition to the La Troienne, Fasig-Tipton will sponsor the $500,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) on June 29 and the September Meet’s Locust Grove.

Top horses nominated to Kentucky Derby week stakes events include Godolphin’s Makers Mark Mile (GI) winner Master of The Seas (IRE) (Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic); Juddmonte’s champion older filly & mare Idiomatic (La Troienne); Godolphin’s Kentucky Oaks winner and champion 3-year-old filly Pretty Mischievous (La Troienne); and Pamela Ziebarth’s Beholder Mile (GI) winner Sweet Azteca (Derby City Distaff).

Wednesday also marked the second closing for the Longines Kentucky Oaks. The lone filly to be a late nomination was Valene Farms’ Accommodate Eva, currently No. 23 on the preference list.

The full list of nominations is available online at under the Horsemen section or


DateRunningGradePurse+ vs. 2023RaceConditionsDistanceSurface
Saturday, April 2714th $200,000$25,000Roxelana Overnight Stakes4&up, f&m6 FDirt
Wednesday, May 19thListed $300,000$75,000William Walker3yo5 ½ FTurf
Wednesday, May 16th $200,000$25,000Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes4&up1 ½ MDirt
Thursday, May 219thListed$350,000$50,000Opening Verse4&up1 MTurf
Thursday, May 230th $250,000$50,000Kentucky Juvenile2yo5 FDirt
Thursday, May 23rd $200,000$25,000St. Matthews Overnight Stakes4&up ®6 FDirt
Friday, May 3150thI$1,500,000$250,000Longines Kentucky Oaks3yo f1 1/8 MDirt
Friday, May 339thI$1,000,000$250,000Fasig-Tipton La Troienne4&up, f&m1 1/16 MDirt
Friday, May 321stII$750,000$150,000Alysheba4&up1 1/16 MDirt
Friday, May 369thII$600,000$100,000Eight Belles presented by Sysco3yo f7 FDirt
Friday, May 340thII$600,000$100,000Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank3yo f1 1/16 MTurf
Friday, May 367thIII$400,000$100,000Modesty presented by Derby City Gaming4&up, f&m1 1/8 MTurf
Friday, May 314thIII$400,000$100,000Unbridled Sidney presented by Resolute Racing3&up, f&m5 ½ FTurf
Saturday, May 4150thI$5,000,000$2,000,000Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve3yo1 ¼ MDirt
Saturday, May 438thI$1,000,000 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic4&up1 1/8 MTurf
Saturday, May 489thI$1,000,000$250,000Churchill Downs presented by Ford4&up7 FDirt
Saturday, May 438thI$1,000,000$250,000Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery4&up, f&m7 FDirt
Saturday, May 439thII$750,000$250,000Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile4&up, f&m1 MTurf
Saturday, May 430thII$600,000$100,000Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sentient Jet3&up5 ½ FTurf
Saturday, May 4100thII$600,000$100,000Pat Day Mile presented by SAP3yo1 MDirt
Saturday, May 433rdII$600,000$100,000American Turf presented by TwinSpires3yo1 1/16 MTurf
Saturday, May 43rdListed ®$200,000$25,000Knicks Go presented by L&N Federal Credit Union4&up ®1 MDirt

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