Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes
|Listed stakes race|
|Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes|
|Location||Kempton Park Racecourse|
England Flag of United Kingdom
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||9 furlongs (1⅛ miles, app. 1800 metres)|
|Track||Polytrack synthetic dirt, right-handed|
|Bonuses||US$100,000 conditional to the winner|
The Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes is an English Thoroughbred horse race run for the first time on March 18, 2009 at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. Open to three-year-old European horses, it is raced clockwise at a distance of nine furlongs (1⅛ miles, app. 1800 metres) on Polytrack synthetic dirt.
The winner of the race is guaranteed one of the twenty starting spots in the 1¼ mile (10 furlongs) 2009 Kentucky Derby held on the first Saturday in May on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race offers a purse of US$150,000 of which $90,000 comes from Churchill Downs and $60,000 from Kempton. In addition, if the race winner exercises their right to run in the Kentucky Derby, they will receive a further $100,000 bonus payment plus will be given an automatic spot in the ensuing two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
No European-based horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby.
The 2010 race was suspended, 
|2009||Mafaaz||Richard Hills||John Gosden||Shadwell Racing||1:55.17|
- September 19 2008 The Guardian newspaper article titled Challenge Stakes winner to start the Kentucky Derby