The Road to the 2018 Kentucky Oaks is a series of races through which horses qualify for the 2018 Kentucky Oaks, which will be held on May 4. The field for the Oaks is limited to 14 horses, with one “also eligible” in case of a late withdrawal from the field. The races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby are held from September 2017 through April 2018. The top four finishers in the specified races earn points, with the highest point values awarded in the major preparatory races held in late March or early April. Earnings in non-restricted stakes act as a tie breaker for a starting gate stall.
The Road to Oaks prep races are nearing the end of the road. There are only five races left in April where a horse can earn points to qualify for the 2018 Oaks.
The remaining North America Derby prep races are:
|Race Date||Race Name||Distance||Track||Points Awarded|
|April 7||Ashland||1 1/16 Mile||Keenland||100, 40, 20, 10|
|April 7||Santa Anita Oaks||1 1/16 Mile||Santa Anita||100, 40, 20, 10|
|April 7||Gazelle||1 1/8 Mile||Aqueduct||100, 40, 20, 10|
|April 8||Beaumont||7+ Furlongs||Keenland||100, 4, 2, 1|
|April 13||Fantasy||1 1/16 Mile||Oaklawn Park||100, 40, 20, 10|