March 9th graded stakes features races offering qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The three Derby Prep races are Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, and Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park. The Tampa Bay Derby and Gotham award 50-20- 10-5 Derby qualifying points to the first four finishers. The Jeff Ruby Steaks awards 20-8-4-3 Derby qualifying points to the first four finishers.
The two Oaks Prep races are Honey Bee at Oaklawn and Busher Stakes at Aqueduct. The Oaks qualifying points awarded by each are 50-20- 10-5 to the first four finishers.
Other graded stakes are Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct, Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay, Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay, Lambholm South Tampa Derby at Tampa, Maxine Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.