Road to the May 6 Kentucky Derby Stakes Lineup

Now that the calendar has turned to 2023, prep race season for three-year-old horses that hope to secure a spot in the starting gate for the May 6 “Running of the Roses” at Churchill Downs is upon us.

Kentucky Derby Day is Saturday May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Nearly every weekend from now thru mid-April, key preps will take place at tracks around the country. Fans can watch and wager all the action from any of the six Rosie’s Gaming Emporium locations in New Kent, Richmond, Hampton, Vinton, Collinsville and Dumfries, at the two VA-Horseplay OTBs in Henrico (Breakers Sports Grill) and Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill), and online via,, and

This is the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s thrilling Triple Crown Series sweep in 1973, so there will be plenty of excitement as the 2023 Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes take place.

The Buckets OTB in Chesapeake is conveniently located in the Great Bridge area, in the Battlefield Shopping Plaza.

Here’s the lineup (as of January 5).

Sun. Jan. 8 – $100,000 Sham Stakes (Gr. 3) at Santa Anita

Sat. Jan. 14 – $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs

Sat. Jan. 21 – $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (Gr. 3) at Fair Grounds

Sat. Jan. 28 – $750,000 Southwest Stakes (Gr. 3) at Oaklawn

Sat. Feb. 4 – $250,000 Withers Stakes (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct, $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes (Gr. 3) at Gulfstream, $125,000 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream and $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Gr. 3) at Santa Anita

Sat. Feb. 11 – $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields

Sat. Feb. 18 – $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (Gr. 2) at Fair Grounds

Sat. Feb. 25 – $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2) at Oaklawn 

Sat. March 4 – $300,000 Gotham Stakes (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. 2) at Gulfstream, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. 2) at Santa Anita, $150,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway

Sat. March 11 – $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Gr. 3) at Tampa Bay Downs

Sat. March 25 – $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (Gr. 2) at Fair Grounds, $700,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks Stakes (Gr. 3) at Turfway

Sun. March 26 – $500,000 Sunland Park Derby (Gr. 3) at Sunland Park

Sat. April 1 – $1,000,000 Florida Derby (Gr. 1) at Gulfstream, $1,250,000 Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1) at Oaklawn

Sat. April 8 – $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (Gr. 1) at Santa Anita, $750,000 Wood Memorial (Gr. 2) at Aqueduct, $1,000,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. 1)